Courage in Anyone’s Language – the Extraordinary Bravery of Yarri and Jacky Jacky

22 December, 2017

Gundagai’s Unsung Heroes

The New South Wales town of Gundagai was on a collision course to be wiped off the map during a massive flood in 1852.

But the actions of  Wiradjuri men Yarri and Jacky Jacky saved 68 people, one third of the town’s population, from drowning in the Great Flood.

In 2017, Gundagai unveiled a bronze sculpture honouring the men and their extraordinary bravery and selflessness.

All Images: Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove, OurMob

Gundagai residents, the Brungle Tumut Local Aboriginal Land council and wider local community attended the event, which involved a march down Gundagai’s main street before the official ceremony.

Chair of the Yarri and Jacky Jacky Sculpture Committee, Peter Smith, said Yarri and Jacky Jacky did everything they could to save lives, despite tensions between Europeans and Wiradjuri at the time.

“These men are Wiradjuri men and they didn’t worry about any sort of race or colour or anything when they were doing their bravery act,” he said.

“They just did what they thought was necessary to save the people and didn’t think twice about it.”

OurMob was there.

Brungle Tumut LALC CEO Sue Bulger, second from left, with family members
Sculptor Darien Pullen in red jumper, with a community member and BT LALC CEO Sue Bulger.
Community members proud of the Yarri Jacky Jacky statue.
NSWALC Councillor for Wiradjuri region, Craig Cromelin speaking at the event.


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.