Cummeragunja Walk-Off Anniversary

4 February 2019 | General Interest

The 4th February marks the anniversary of the famous Cummeragunja Walk-Off. On that historic day in 1939, over 200 residents of the Cummeragunja Mission walked off the mission station in protest against conditions at the station, and crossed the Murray River into Victoria, leaving the state of NSW.

The Cummeragunja Walk-Off was one of the first Indigenous mass protests in Australia which burgeoned a movement which led to basic rights for the First Nations people across the country.

At the time, this was in contravention of rules set by the NSW Aborigines Protection Board restricting the movement of Aboriginal people. Many settled in Barmah, Echuca, Shepparton, Mooroopna and Fitzroy (Melbourne).

Cummeragunja lies on the NSW side of Dhungala – the Murray River – on the traditional lands of the Bangerang and Yorta Yorta peoples which also cross into Victoria. The river is hugely important to our people and has sustained generations for thousands of years.

For education resources please access the below link for the VAEAI January - February bulletin 

Koorie Perspectives in Cirriculum - January / February 2019 

Players from the Cummeragunja Football Club, taken before the 1939 Walk-Off