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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
An historical overview of the relationship between Jews and the Aboriginal people of Australia is given .
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A 5 Killers in Eden
The spiritual beliefs of aboriginal whalers were recognised by the Solomon Davidson management. The Yuin refused to kill whales and established a partnership with the orcas (or killer whales) in which the orca pack herded whales which were killed by Yuin whalers, who fed choice parts to the orcas.
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The first notable interaction between Jews and Aborigines occurred during the 1840\'s when Isaac Nathan, - known as \"the father of Australian music\"- began collecting Aboriginal music and recording their ceremonies and customs. The image is of Nathan\'s score for War-Goon-Da Min-Yah-Rah, a song of the Maneroo tribe.
Area Map
Wallaga Lake is on the far south coast of New South Wales, just a few km north of Bermagui. In 1891 the Wallaga Lake Aboriginal Reserve was established with a population of just 91 Yuin people.
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Isaac Nathan\'s book, Southern Euphrosyne, published in both London & Sydney in 1849, is a compilation of aboriginal music, and of aboriginal customs and ceremonies. Includes a very strong statement by Nathan of the educational potential of aboriginal children.
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SAFA Student Action for Aborigines bus at Walgett. On Feb 12 1965 the “Freedom Bus” set out from Sydney under the leadership of Charles Perkins and Jim Spigelman. For two weeks the Freedom Bus toured NSW country towns.
Background 1
The two Yirrkalla petitions were presented to Federal Parliament in August 1963. These bark paintings are arguably the first claims made on the basis of indigenous law. Assisting in preparing this petition was Labour MP Kim Beazley (senior).
Beginnings 2
Two aboriginal girls at play at the site near Yass considered as a closer (to Canberra) alternative to Wallaga Lake.
ANUJSS Poster 1963
One of several posters placed about campus to advertise the inaugural meeting of the ANU Jewish Students Society, on March 21. 1963. 14 attended - a large number for the ACT Jewish population of about 150 - but very small for a viable society.
Beginnings 3
Younger kids outside the meeting hall at Wallaga Lake. This building had been Wallaga Lake Aboriginal School until 1963, but children now attended Bermagui Public School, about 12 km away.
Beginnings 1
Distant View of the Wallaga Lake Aboriginal Reserve Village, comprising twenty houses, managers house, Meeting hall, ration shed. Mt Dromadery (nowadays called Guluga Mountain) looms above, Wallaga Lake below.

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