DESCENDANTS & FRIENDS OF BREWARRINA MISSION
The road to our future travels through our past
The Descendants and Friends of Brewarrina Mission seek to raise awareness of the history at the mission, and in so doing assist in the journey of reconciliation between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians. This website is the offical website of the Descendants and Friends of the Brewarrina Mission. It is our firm belief that a vital step in this journey to reconciliation is gaining a knowledge and understanding of the truth of our shared history. “The road to our future travels through the past.”
Descendants & Friends of the Brewarrina Mission
History of the Brewarrina Mission
The Brewarrina Mission was the first institution formally established by the Aborigines Protection Board as part of its policy to segregate Aboriginal people. Over the years, the Brewarrina Mission was used to house other Aboriginal people from Tibooburra, Angledool, Goodooga and Culgoa to form the reserve which operated between 1886 - 1966 and was one of the longest running reserve stations in NSW. After a conflicted history the property onsite was torn to the ground leaving debri and an unsupervised and unattended cemetery. The entire site of Brewarrina Mission including its cemetery is a significant place to the many Aboriginal tribes including Ngemba and Murrawarri tribe as a 'place of belonging'. The place retains its high integrity in its cultural, spiritual, social and historical values to many Aboriginal people across NSW.
LET THE HEALING BEGIN
Support us as we try to heal the wrongs of the past.
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On the 22nd March - to be updated soon.
WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED
Our healing project requires funding . . .
Brewarrina LALC is currently seeking funding to make the Mission a safe place for healing. Below is an overview of our current plan.
Stage 1: Clean up, access and make safe:
Utilising plant, equipment and labour undertake a clean-up of the site to remove overburden, asbestos waste and salvage any items of heritage or cultural significance in the process.
Re-establish road and pedestrian access to the mission site, clean up paths walkways, roads and cemetery.
Re-connect power and provide water for use in planting and clearing works.
Identify grave sites and detailed survey and plan of site.
Stage 2: Meeting and Resting place
Establish Cemetery fencing
Build shade shelters and provide toilet facilities
Construct meeting room & facilities for onsite caretaker and voluntary workers.
Construct a Cemetery memorial wall and interpretative signage
Identify area for healing centre, plan of management and scope of works
Stage 3: Construction of Healing Centre
Develop plans and construction of Healing centre