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This powerful story, retold by Mark Tirris, recounts the heroic rescue of 69 Gundagai townspeople by local Aboriginal men, Yarri and Jacky Jacky.

It also talks about how their selfless act brought the Aboriginal and European people closer together.

Yarri and Jacky Jacky's rescue feats are still celebrated by the town of Gundagai today, and the statue in the main street is a reminder to all, both Aboriginal and non-Indigenous.

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About the author

Mark is a proud Wiradjuri (Central NSW) and European man who is an emerging writer and artist. Growing up he learnt about culture and language from the Aboriginal community on the Far North Coast, NSW. He’s qualified with a master's degree in Indigenous Studies and a master's degree in Business Administration. He’s an experienced social worker and currently manages his own cultural consultancy business. He is passionate about culture and reconciliation. He strives to live the Wiradjuri word of Yindyamurra, which means to live with gentleness and kindness.

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Korff, J 2021, Surfing Life copy, <>, retrieved 23 June 2024

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