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ANUJSS and the Nulla Nullas
The Nulla Nullas was a children's Club run at Wallaga Lake Aboriginal Reserve, south coast of NSW, during 1964-1966
There is a "sense of shared experiences between the Jewish community and Aborigines,
epitomised by the pioneering legal work of the late Ron Castan QC and Jewish
involvement in the key High Court land-rights cases of Mabo and Wik."
Somebody\'s younger sister guards the cactus gardens in painted cans produced by the Nulla Nullas that were presented to children in the Canberra Hospital by Club members.
Recently established Umbarra Centre at Wallaga Lake offers (quote) activities [that] include boomerang and spear throwing, ochre painting, shelter building, Dreamtime stories, open fire cooking of bush tucker. Purchase locally made artefacts, paintings, didgeridoos and other arts and crafts. Umbarra also provides tours to significant local Koori sites.(unquote) Manager is Lorraine (nee Kelly) Maylor.
At Wallaga Lake: inside the meeting hall.
The idea of ANUJSS running a children\'s club at Wallaga Lake emerged. But would it work?. So - as a first step - a largish group from ANUJSS came down to Wallaga Lake, and took the kids to a picnic at Camel Rock Beach.
Club leaders avoided press coverage of the Nulla Nullas, but sough assistance from civic and political leaders. Dr Harvey Cohen was invited to dinner in (old) parliament house in Sept-Oct 1965 by both Kim Beazley (senior) and WC Wentworth, both political champions of aboriginal issues
Nulla Nulla Club meeting in the meeting hall, Wallaga Lake Reserve. Note the 16mm movie projector used to show educational films from the National Library
Nulla Nulla Club - a quiet moment.
At the Beach: Nulla Nulla s and ANUJSS-ites on an old boat.
Another view from Black Mountain the five Wallaga Lake kids saw of a snowy Canberra.
Wallaga revisited in January 2008. Harvey Cohen (centre) with two of the Nulla Nullas of 1965 who travelled to Canberra: Lorraine (Kelly) Maylor and Stephen Kelly, MSc, then a health counsellor with the South Coast Aboriginal Medical Service.