By Ian Clark, Toby Heydon
The Yarra Bend Park marks some of the most vital post-contact areas within the Melbourne metropolitan sector, and is of serious importance to Victorian Aboriginal humans, fairly the Wurundjeri Aboriginal neighborhood. At this web site was once situated the Merri Creek Aboriginal college, the Merri Creek Protectorate Station, the local Police Corps Headquarters and linked Aboriginal burials.The position has additional significance within the early 21st century, as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian deal with the legacies of our touch past.
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Presumably this is the same as Thomas’s Tubberrubabel Creek, and was the source of the Tubberrubabel water holes. Thomas’s hut probably lay south of ‘Tuerong Park’ and just north of Tubbarubba Creek, 10 km northeast of present day Arthur’s Seat: On leaving Thomas Junior’s station called 1. rong, 2. bil, the Assistant Protector’s old station. Here was an old wattle and daub hut in the Tower of Peiza style, at least two feet out of perpendicular, it was shored up and thatched with grass. This part of the country is hilly and rather thickly wooded.
In part this was imposed to keep Aboriginal people from distant territories out of Melbourne. For the Woiwurrung and Boonwurrung peoples, for whom Melbourne was their traditional estate, the situation was more complex. Despite the repeated attempts of the Protectorate officials to keep Aboriginal people from camping near Melbourne, the south bank of the Yarra River remained a regular place to stay, particularly for Boonwurrung and Wathawurrung people, but also for people from further away . From the falls near present-day Princes’ Bridge to approximately one mile southeast along the river, several camping grounds were occupied, and revisited from the 1830s and early 1840s (see illus.
D. in RHSV MS 000638, Box 169/4). It would appear that this is a description of the Merri Creek–Yarra River confluence, already a Government Reserve by late 1839. d. in RHSV MS 000638, Box 169/4). A question arises: why did Captain Dana or his superiors decide to set up temporary quarters at the site? The place was not suggested when the Native Police Corps’ brief was perambulated late in 1841. Although there is evidence to suggest that Narre Narre Warren was to be the Corps’ headquarters, Dana instead chose the 80-acre site opposite the surveyor’s paddock in Richmond, at the corner of Punt Road.