Junction of the Torryong (Ovens River) and Poodumbia (King River)
Junction of the Torryong and Poodumbia
Photograph Bindy Welsh, 2011
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Bindy Welsh, Indigo Images
The junction of the Torryong (Ovens River) and Poodumbia (King River) was an important meeting place for the Pangerang people, who lived on the high side of the river in winter, away from the floods, and then the low side in summer, to fish and swim.
Freddie Dowling, the consultant on this story, is one of the elders of the Pangerang people. He is a storyteller and published author. His No More the Valley Rings with Koorie Laughter is a collection of stories, the majority of which were told to him by his father and his grandmother, Annie Lewis, the niece of Mary Jane Milawa.
These stories were written down in 1975 for his own family ‘so that their descendants could reflect on who they were and learn something of their culture and how it was before white settlement changed everything’.
The Pangerang/Bangerang people, a nation of sub-clans, occupied much of what is now North Eastern Victoria stretching along the Tongala (Murray) River to Echuca and into the areas of the southern Riverina in New South Wales.