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Jandamarra’s legacy

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Kimberley region

The Kimberley in Western Australia suffered some of the most violent frontier conflict in the 19th century. The Bunuba leader Jandamarra, a Kimberley man famous for his skills in tracking and guerrilla warfare, led the resistance. Craven Harry Ord was ordered to hunt him down, and after Jandamarra’s death, was sent to South Africa to fight in the Boer war, successfully applying fighting techniques that he had learned from the Bunuba. Ord’s grandson, Duncan Ord, has worked closely with the Bunuba people in state government contexts. Here he talks about his family history and of his work with the Bunuba people, reconciling his family history.