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Wiradjuri Nation: Aboriginal elder, Rylstone man, Wally Washbrook, P.15

wiradjuri boab carving wiradjuri wally washbrookLeft: Mr Washbrook’s favourite artefact, a boab carving he inherited from his grandfather. Right: Mr Wally Washbrook demonstrates the use of Aboriginal grinding stones.

2002: Interview with Aboriginal elder, Rylstone man, Wally Washbrook.

In April, 2002, journalist Diane Simmonds interviewed Rylstone resident Wally Washbrook, whose grandfather was an Aboriginal in the Letche, Murray River Tribe, which is now extinct.
Mr Washbrook said he listened to his grandfather very carefully and learnt about his culture from him, and has subsequently spent much of his life teaching others about Aboriginal culture.
Mr Washbrook has a collection of Aboriginal artefacts that originally came from Victoria, but said they still have a story to tell to others about Aboriginal life.
Trading between the tribes had some strange results, with some of those Victorian relics, including a war axe, originally coming from Gulgong.
Mr Washbrook’s most precious artifact is a carved boab nut from the bottle tree, passed down to him from his grandfather. The nut is intricately carved, with an emu and patterns that would have belonged to his grandfather’s tribe.

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