Yuranighs Aboriginal Grave Historic Site
The gravesite of Yuranigh, Sir Thomas Mitchell’s Aboriginal assistant, is the only known site in Australia where Aboriginal and European burial practices coexist.
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Located just 4km south of Molong and 32km north of Orange, Yuranighs grave is a significant historical site which bears witness to important early interaction between Aboriginal and European cultures.
Yuranigh, a Wiradjuri man, accompanied early explorer and surveyor Sir Thomas Mitchell on an expedition into the tropical interior of Australia in 1846. When Yuranigh died four years later, he was buried within a circle of carved trees, according to traditional tribal custom. Out of respect, Mitchell also had a headstone placed over his grave. As a result, the gravesite contains a unique combination of Aboriginal and European burial customs that is not known of anywhere else in Australia.
Today, you can visit the peaceful cemetery and see a carved section of a trunk from one of the original burial trees, along with the original sandstone headstone donated by Mitchell, as well as a marble headstone that was later installed in 1900.
An interpretive sign explains more about the history of this special site, while other signs contain diagrams of all of Yurnighs burial tree carvings.
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Yuranighs Aboriginal Grave Historic Site is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
(02) 6332 7640
Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
- Level 2, 203-209 Russell Street, Bathurst NSW. To contact the KARST Conservation Unit in this office please call (02) 6332 7680.
- Fax: (02) 6332 7650