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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."
Contact was maintained until his death with Nulla Nulla member Stephen Kelly. In this image he is shown with sister Lorraine (Kelly) Naylor - another Nulla Nulla member, and her husband Eric. A discusion of the long term impact on Wallaga of the Nulla Nulla club is here.
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.
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
At Wallaga Lake: inside the meeting hall.
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.
The rare spectacle of snow falling in Canberra during the Canberra trip of early August, 1965.
1965 September: The Club working well, benefits clear, but key members of ANUJSS were set to leave Canberra early in 1966. What to do ? How to pass on the running, and to whom in 1966 ?
Nulla Nulla Club - a quiet moment.
At the Beach: Nulla Nulla s and ANUJSS-ites on an old boat.