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Moruya is a classical south coast town that authentically retains its heritage in its architecture.

When the town was first surveyed in 1850 it adopted an Anglicisation of the local Aboriginal word  'Mherroyah' which reputedly meant 'resting place of black swans'. At the time of survey there was a considerable clan living adjacent to a riverside lake where the Moruya tennis courts are now located.

The main street is still lined with hints of the pioneer past with its sandstone courthouse, old bank and two story weatherboard shops that still line the streets.

As you walk around town you might like to follow the Moruya History Walk Map and discover more of the history of the town HERE

Located on the south side of the Moruya River the town first came into importance when it was declared the administrative centre for the new Eurobodalla district in the 1850's and remains so today with the local Council located in the town.


Inland from the coast, Moruya has a feel of a quiet river town. To the north of the town on the coast are the beaches and villages at Tomakin, Mossy Point and Broulee and Moruya Heads with Congo, Bingie and Tuross Head to the south east.

The Moruya River is also named the Deua in its upper reaches with a road that follows its course to Araluen .Gain access via Moruya into the Deua National Park, the largest in the South East region.

Moruya offers plenty of outdoor adventures – kayaking, cycling, skydiving, fishing and surfing.

There are markets on each Tuesday and Saturday with delicious fresh regional produce

Nearby Moruya South Head has a sheltered National Park beach  at Shelly Beach and as well as a patrolled main beach nearby. The Moruya South Head lookout is well worth the visit as it offers spectacular views up and down the coast and is one of the many vantage points along the coast for whale watching

The Moruya Cycleway and the Moruya Kayaking Trail are great ways to see the meandering river.

The Deua National Park offers opportunities to experience genuine wilderness with beautiful and remote campgrounds, forests, swimming holes, waterfalls and spectacular natural features. The amazing limestone Bendethera Caves, and nearby Hanging Mountain lookout, with its views across the sacred mountains of Gulaga and Biamanga, are highlights. 4WD is mandatory throughout most of the park.

For those who enjoy walking Eurobodalla offers some exceptional walks. The nearest one to Moruya, (the Bingi Dreaming Track ) starts at Congo and makes it’s way south following the coastline to Tuross Head.

Moruya North:

Turn east (towards the airport) after you cross the Moruya Bridge and follow the Moruya River.  Along the way call in to Quarry Park that celebrates the connection between Moruya and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Information boards relate tales of quarrying and loading massive granite stones onto barges destined for the pylons of the new harbour bridge which explains Moruya is affectionately called Granite Town by many locals.  

Further on drive out to the airport and explore the North Head rockwall. This is a popular place for local fishers and surfers and is also an alternate swimming spot.

If you like cycling there is a well formed track that extends from the airport to Broulee through the banksia forests.

Moruya South:
Moruya hosts its vibrant country markets along the river’s edge at Riverside Park each Saturday morning offering arts, homemade crafts, clothes, food delicacies and much more.


The nationally awarded SAGE Farmers Market  are held at the same location on Tuesday afternoons beginning after the town crier’s bell is rung at 3pm to signal the start of trading.  

On your explorations of the main street of Moruya  you will encounter large timber carvings such as the 3-metre tall ‘The Airman’ in Vulcan Street.  This carving was modelled on the World War II Dutch aviator Gus Winckel. It honours the "allied aircrew, ground support and ancillary staff who operated from Moruya airfield during the war years". Hand crafted from large slabs by internationally recognised artist Bryan Carrick, there are 10 in all to be discovered.  


* Pelagic Fish on the corner of Church and Vulcan Streets
* The Footballer in Mirrabooka Avenue
* The Little Mermaid and the Gold Miner in the Apex Park
* The Dolphins outside the Air Raid Tavern in Vulcan Street
* The Jazz Man near the Monarch Hotel in Vulcan Street
* Aboriginal Man, Black Swans, The Seapole and the Snake all in Vulcan Street, the main street.


​Moruya is a cultural hub with a thriving arts community and hosts a full and surprising events calendar.  In August the town becomes the heart of the River of Art, a 10-day shire-wide celebration of visual art, sculpture, performing arts, and film and theatre.  

Check our event calendar to ensure you don’t miss the many great experiences the Eurobodalla offers over the year.

Accommodation options range from caravan and camping grounds to hotels, motels and a few B&Bs. There is a wide variety of restaurants and cafes to cater for most tastes.

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Be sure to look at Our MUST DO and MUST SEE menus above



Go for a cycle

A cycleway leads from Russ Martin Park on the southern shores of the Moruya River to the hospital upstream and to the TAFE at the southern end of town. There is a near complete cycleway that also goes to Moruya South Head with a 2km section that you need to ride on a wide tarred road shoulder. You can cross the Moruya bridge on the eastern side. Click on the link to visit our CYCLING Page that has all the info you need.


Go Fishing

Visit our FISHING Page

Moruya has great river side fishing. Just find a bit of shoreline along either bank. For those who prefer beach fishing Moruya South Head and Moruya North head training wall are two favoured spots for salmon. For tips and location info visit our FISHING page


Go for a Walk

Walking around Moruya is a pleasure as the old buildings come alive if you do a bit of pre-reading of the towns HISTORY. And be sure to take the Moruya Town Walking details with you. If you enjoy walks further afield then visit our WALKING page for more information

Visit the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre
Dedicated to celebrating local and national visual art and contemporary culture, the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre is the Eurobodalla region’s first purpose-built exhibition space. Opened in 2019, ‘the Bas’, which overlooks Moruya’s verdant golf course, has become a Eurobodalla must-see.

Located behind the Library, Corner of Vulcan Street and Campbell Street, Moruya 


Discover our Local History

Moruya has a rich and interesting history. Have a read and then watch the town come alive as you walk it with fresh eyes.


Skydive Moruya

Lot 1, Bruce Cameron Drive Moruya Airport NSW 2536

Skydiving to the beach near Batemans Bay / Moruya is an experience not to be missed! Embrace the fear, hop in the plane, soak up the ocean views, feel the rush of a lifetime as you free fall with your experienced instructor, scream out with joy as you fly your parachute and glide back down and land on the beach

Ph 1300 185 180  Daily: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm



Why not try your hand at surfing or stand up paddle boarding with one of Broulee’s two great surf schools. Both Broulee Surf School and Surf the Bay Surf School offer lessons with qualified instructors or simply hire some gear for a fabulous day on the beach. The Moruya River is also a perfect place to explore on a SUP or by kayak. Visit our SURFING page or our KAYAKING page for more info.

There is always something on across the region, no matter what the season. The best way to find out is to have a look at our Facebook feed or jump on to the free online local Beagle newspaper and look at What's On 

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Moruya has all manner of places to eat that suit most tastes and budgets. 

A wonderful way to enjoy fresh local produce at an affordable price is to have a BBQ at one of our many free BBQs in town or by the coast. Source your protein locally, add to it a variety of locally grown fruit and vegetables and finish up with a perfect picnic of freshly baked local breads, cheeses and preserves. Perfect. 

For the known eating options across the Eurobodalla, from takeaway to cafes and from restaurants and pubs to fine dining  go to our interactive MORUYA Eating Out Map below

There is no favouritism - ALL known providers are listed because that is what you need to know when you're hungry.

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SAGE Farmers Market at Riverside Park, Moruya 3pm onwards

When you buy something at the SAGE Farmers Market, you can be confident that the person you’re buying it from either grew it, harvested it or made it. That’s what makes a farmers market different.

There are no middle-men, no wholesalers and everything was grown and made within our local area. When people can buy local produce every week as part of a normal shopping routine, it has a huge impact on the community. The public demand for locally grown and locally made is enormous and shows no sign of diminishing.

Moruya Country Markets at Riverside Park, Moruya 7:30am to 1:30pm

​Browse around 120 stalls, many local quality arts, hand crafts, fresh produce and more. ​Enjoy the beautiful river scenery and bustling Moruya Country Market atmosphere. Be taste tempted by stalls with delicious hot & cold food, drinks & fresh juice.

Wide concrete paths at Riverside Park provide easy access for everyone. Large children's playground with great flying fox, slides and swings. Lots of carparks or drive down the back for easy parking. Listen to live music by talented local musicians.

Explore the South Coast by seaplane that takes off adjacent to the markets.
Open every Saturday morning 7.30am to 12.30pm. Public toilets onsite

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If you wish to stay overnight, Moruya has two motels, a van park, three hotels and a heritage listed B&B all within walking distance of the CBD. 

Enjoy your stay in Moruya, a friendly town with fresh food, ease of access, good eating, history and healthy living.


Hive Hotel Moruya


82 Princes Hwy, Moruya


Located on the stunning south coast of New South Wales in the heart of Moruya, you can enjoy the best that this part of the world has to offer. Kick back with a choice of comfortable accommodation to suit your needs, enjoy our friendly and welcoming service and explore the beautiful surroundings of this riverside town. Ph 4474 2722



Monarch Motel Hotel


50 Vulcan St, Moruya


All the rooms were recently refurbished to an equivalent 3 to 4 star standard with some rooms having Spa baths and all rooms having elegant furnishings. Add continental breakfasts into these reasonable rates and you have a very attractive package. Ph 4474 2433



Moruya Waterfront Hotel Motel


1-5 Princes Highway, Moruya


The Moruya Waterfront Hotel Motel has 20 rooms, all of which are on the ground floor. Moruya Waterfront Hotel Motel is a comfortable alternative to expensive accommodation . Overlooking the picturesque Moruya River, The Waterfront offers guest rooms with pub-style accommodation, including an ensuite, fridge, TV and air conditioning in every room. Ph 4474 4399 The hotel hosts live music most Friday and Saturday nights.



Moruya Motel


2474 Princes Hwy, Moruya


Each room has split system reverse-cycle air conditioning, toaster, microwave, LCD TV, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities. Free Wi-Fi access. Most rooms have a double foldout sofa bed available. Ph. 44742511



Riverbreeze Tourist Park


9 Princes Hwy, Moruya


Situated in a beautiful riverside location central to the township we offer the best range of accommodation options. We have our own boat ramp on site and provide tinny and kayak hire to help you explore our gorgeous front yard, the Moruya River. Ph 44742370



The Seabird


Moruya Airport Bruce Cameron Drive Moruya - Call 1300 900 925


Nestled on the banks of the Moruya River where it joins the ocean, The Seabird was inspired by it's unique natural surrounds. The six deluxe rooms have been carefully planned and decorated, with high attention to detail and no expense spared to provide the ultimate comfort to our guests.

The elegant accommodation facilities are complemented, by a delightful common area, with a fully equipped kitchen, and a lounge area that opens to views of the river.


The Post & Telegraph Boutique Bed and Breakfast is set in the heart of the historic township of Moruya on the NSW South Coast. A short walk to the river, farmers’ markets, golf course, and all the boutique shops, restaurants and cafes in and around the main street. Perfectly located to explore the Eurobodalla Coast and only a short drive to pristine and secluded beaches.

Set in the heritage Post & Telegraph building built in 1887, this boutique accommodation offers one king and two queen bedrooms to adult guests who enjoy exclusive use of a private lounge and a generous veranda.

52 Campbell St, Moruya NSW 2537

MOBILE: +61 408 477 563

Bryn Glas boutique farm stay
Welcome to Bryn Glas! A beautiful 5 acre rural property and Farm Stay nestled on the hills just outside the historic coastal town of Moruya, NSW.  The property was established in early 2000 by a Welsh couple and aptly name it Bryn Glas meaning blue hills.  Esther & Tony are the current hosts of the property.  0434 810 751

Mogendoura farmstay
Three top quality, self-catered, two-bedroom brick cottages set well away from the Mogendoura farmhouse with a communal barbeque and children’s playground. Sleeps six people comfortably. Book one or all three. 89 Hawdons Road, Mogendoura. PH: 0412 468 921


Moruya has a range of local businesses offering interesting gifts, handcrafts and home wares, fashion, shoes and jewellery, books, bicycles, sporting, camping and fishing goods, office and electrical supplies all within easy reach of extensive free parking.

The town has an enviable reputation for its market culture on Saturday mornings and the award winning Farmer’s Market every Tuesday afternoon throughout the year.


Fresh local produce is available from a range of local retailers such as Moruya’s two butchers, fruit and vegetable shop, four bakers, organic health and dried goods stores. Major supermarkets, banks, legal firms, hardware stores, farm produce, car dealerships, vet services and real estate agents are also located in the CBD.

If you enjoy keeping fit, there is a 24 hour gym, an outdoor public pool and a shared pathway linking the CBD with Riverside Park and Moruya Hospital.

With three pubs, two licensed clubs and over a dozen restaurants and cafes, Moruya offers an array of delicious foods include seafood, Indian, Italian, Chinese, Thai and award winning a la carte dining.




A table by the water ; the Moruya Waterfront Hotel


1-5 Princes Highway, Moruya

The Waterfront Bistro offers a delicious selection of modern, pub-style meals at very reasonable prices, as well as a tasty kids menu that’s guaranteed to tempt even the fussiest eaters. Monday to Thursday: Lunch 12:00pm to 2:30pm, Dinner 6:00pm to 8:00pm; Friday to Sunday: Lunch 12:00pm to 2:30pm, Dinner 5:30pm to 8:00pm; Saturday: Breakfast 9:00am to 11:30am Ph 4474 5253


Adelaide Hotel

36 Vulcan St, Moruya

The Adelaide Hotel overlooks Riverside Park and has a bistro downstairs. The bistro open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Ph 44742084


Church Street Pizzeria

20 Church St, Moruya

Church Street Pizzeria is a locally owned and operated family business. Carrying on the traditions of the previous owner while putting their own South Coast influence on the food.
Takeaways available. Open 6 nights from 5pm  Closed Tuesdays Ph 44742979


Black Olive Pizza

Plaza Arcade Shop 6/ 60 Vulcan Street, Moruya

Takeaway Pizza - home deliveries available Ph 44742322 Open 7 days in Summer otherwise closed MONDAYs
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun 5pm to 9pm ... Friday and Saturday open til 10pm. Local Delivery available.


Blue Heron Cafe

4/28 Ford St, Moruya

Located adjacent to the Moruya Riverside park.Open for Breakfast and Lunch Monday to Saturday and The Moruya Country Markets are adjacent every Saturday morning Ph 44743025


Cafe Vulcan

57 Vulcan St, Moruya

The heritage building brings a unique atmosphere to relax through summer or winter alike. Easy Access Through The Courtyard Entrance In Church St.  Open for Breakfast & Lunch 7 days a week.
Monday to Saturday 8am to 5 pm Sunday 8am to 3pm Ph 44744334


Delicious Noodle House

Shop 9 65 Queen Street Moruya

Open 7 days - 10:30 to 8:30 Ph 44745073

John and Willy - Suppliers of Food

87 Campbell St, Moruya

Delectable lunches + gourmet foods. Freshly made on the premises + ready to eat. Stay and have great coffee on our verandah or in our beautiful courtyard garden or take away. 44744113


Gundary Store

13 Campbell St, Moruya

Pies and sandwiches 4474 3275


Kiah Seafood Cafe

4/73 Vulcan St, Moruya

Eat in as well as takeaway menus. Open 11:30AM–7:45PM. Closed Tuesdays Ph 44744713


Legacy of India Moruya

40 Vulcan Street Moruya

Mon:Closed  Tue:5:00 – 9:30 PM Wed:11:30 AM – 9:30 PM Thu:11:30 AM – 9:30 PM Fri:11:30 AM – 9:30 PM

Sat:5:00 – 9:30 PM Sun:5:00 – 9:30 PM - Phone 4474 2909

Les Gourmandises
4 Ford St Moruya 4405 8678
an Authentic French Bakery and Patisserie. 

Liberty Road House
5 Princes Highway,Moruya  4474 2929
With a wide range of food on offer there is always something for everyone. Eat in or order take away online.


Moruya Deli Cafe & Kebabs

55C Queen St, Moruya

Open Mon to Fri 5am to 5pm - Closed Saturday and Sunday Ph 44742881


Moruya French Bread Cafe

62 Queen St Moruya

Bakery, breakfast, lunches, takeaways. Open 7 days 7am to 5:30 Ph 44744114


Moruya Bowling Club: Shore Street Dining

Shore Street Moruya

Our menu has been designed to offer a clever blend of bistro favourites and contemporary Australian selections. We provide nightly specials. Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00 Every Day and Dinner: 6.00 - Until Late Every Day 

Ph. 44742174


Moruya Icecream Parlour

37 Vulcan St, Moruya

With not only 24 Flavours of delicious ice cream to choose from, but an extensive selection of burgers, meals, sandwiches, wraps & so much more. With daily specials on the blackboard its changing all the time. Ph 44742823 Opens early for breakfast. Closed Tuesdays.


Moruya Golf Club

Evans St, Moruya

Moruya Golf Club has a selection of dining options to satisfy your needs. Starting with the Double Green Restaurant features affordably priced Modern Australian Cuisine. 

Lunch Monday - Sunday 11:30am - 2.00pm - Dinner Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 8.00pm

Moruya Health Cafe

11 Church Street, Moruya

Great coffee. Fresh lunches made daily from salads to frittattas, wraps to soups and desert choices to persuade. Ph 44743192


Moruya Thai Restaurant

78 Vulcan St, Moruya

Takeaway also available. Ph 44745500

Moruya Woodfire Pizza & Pide

Shop 1 78/3 Campbell St, Moruya

At Moruya Woodfire Pizza we make both traditional and Woodfire pizza and pides. Open 7 Days 11am til 2pm and 5pm til 9:30pm 44740544


Red Rose Cafe Moruya

52 Vulcan Street, Moruya

Meals, takeaways. Open Mon to Thursday 5:30am till 3pm Friday 5:30 til 5pm Sat and Sun 6:30 til 3pm. Ph 44742707


Suez Cafe

4/51 Vulcan Street, Moruya

A traditional cafe serving great traditional food and  hamburgers Ph 44743142 Open early to late.


Swans Takeaway

11a Church Street, Moruya

Hamburgers, Steak Sandwiches, Fish and Chips. Open 7 days Ph 44742482


The River Moruya

16A Church St, Moruya

Locally sourced French meals and tasting menus at a breezy venue with river views from large widows.
Open for: Lunch Wednesday to Sunday from 12-2pm Dinner Wednesday to Saturday 6-8pm Ph 44745505

TUKKA Licenced Cafe
57 Vulcan st, Moruya,
Licenced Cafe with 3 separate dining areas, including a beautiful courtyard. Family & Furbaby friendly. 
Ph 4474 4334

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When the town was first surveyed in 1850 it adopted an Anglicisation of the local Aboriginal word  'Mherroyah' which reputedly meant 'resting place of black swans'. At the time of survey there was a considerable clan living adjacent to a riverside lake where the Moruya tennis courts are now located.

The main street is still lined with hints of the pioneer past with its sandstone courthouse, old bank and two story weatherboard shops that still line the streets.

As you walk around town you might like to follow the Moruya History Walk Map and discover more of the history of the town HERE

One of the first recorded visits by non-Aboriginals to the Eurobodalla was by the Captain James Cook and the Endeavour on 22 Apr 1770. In June 1828 Surveyor Thomas Florance surveyed the coast from Batemans Bay to Moruya adopting Aboriginal names for Broulee, Tomakin, Candlagan Creek and Moruya.

The name Moruya is derived from an Aboriginal word, (phonetically) mherroyah, meaning "home of the black swan". Black swans can still be seen in the lakes and rivers around Moruya, and the black swan is used locally as an emblem.

The area is the traditional home of two tribes: the Walbanga and the Brinja-Yuin. European settlement commenced in the 1820s

The town centre was surveyed in 1850 and the town gazetted in 1851. Joseph and Flett Louttit (read the fascinating history of Loutitt and Moruya granite HERE) from the Orkney Islands established a granite quarry on the southern bank of the Moruya River in the late 1850’s and quarrying for granite commenced producing stone for many Sydney landmarks including the pillars of the General Post office in Martin Place, and the base of the Captain Cook statue in Hyde Park. The quarry on the northern side of the Moruya River saw 250 stonemasons employed from 1925 to 1932 to cut granite blocks for the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons.

Be sure to visit historic Quarry Park on North Head Drive which is located on the shoreline of the Moruya River. There you will find a boardwalk leading to a rotunda that has a display of the history of the area. This park is the quarry site for the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Moruya has an excellent local history museum at 85 Campbell Street, Moruya -

Museum Opening Hours: 10am to 12pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. During January Open every day except for public holidays. They also have an excellent website.


Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Archaeological work along the south coast of NSW has uncovered Aboriginal sites dated up to 20,000 years ago, although work around the Moruya area has not revealed sites older than 4,000 years. That, however, cannot be taken as an indication of late settlement of the area – the archaeologists believe that earlier sites along the coastal plain were covered by silt. One of the oldest and more important sites in the area was found at Broulee.

The main tribe of Aboriginal people, ranging along the coast from Cape Howe to the Shoalhaven, was the Yuin tribe. The branch of that tribe in and around the Moruya area was the Bugelli-Manji clan. When white settlement commenced at Moruya the people living at Mullenderee – the flats beside today’s Princes Highway on the north bank of the river – referred to themselves as the Burgurgo or Pergoga people. The spelling varies in the documentation left from that time.

The numbers of Aboriginal people living in the area before white settlement is difficult to ascertain. In 1833, five years after the arrival of the first local settler, a formal return of the Aboriginals who had been present at a property of four square miles at Mullenderee on 8 October recorded 66 people – 25 men, 19 women and 22 children. The usual places of abode of those people were recorded and included Broulee, Moruya (the south bank of the river), Kiora, Araluen and Bergalia. A later report, in 1845, dealt with the Aboriginal population of the Broulee Police District which ran from St. Georges Basin to the north bank of the Moruya River. It was estimated that about 250 Aboriginal people were living in that area at the time. The writer of the report estimated that about twice that number had been living in the area 5 to 10 years earlier, and suggested that the dramatic reduction of their numbers had been due to cutaneous and venereal diseases.

There is one informal report, probably at least second-hand but from a reasonably credible source, which was published in 1888 and suggested that over 1,000 Aboriginals had been seen camped around the Moruya Lagoon on some earlier occasion. They may well have gathered from quite a wide area in order to attend a special meeting.

The livelihood of the local people depended more on fish and shellfish than red-blooded meat. Their shelters were rough and possum skin cloaks were the usual source of warmth and protection in winter. Physically they were very able, and there are first-hand accounts of the boys practising their spear throwing on rough bark discs bowled erratically along the ground. They achieved great skill. It seems much more than likely the young Yuin men had the same remarkable eye/hand coordination and uncanny ability to link up with team mates we have seen in many other Aboriginals on football grounds and in the boxing ring.

The family unit was the main social building block, though the concept of ‘family’ was flexible. Groups of families were controlled and directed by a headman. The eminent anthropologist A.W.Howitt says the term used by the Yuin for the headman was the ‘Gommera’. Just how the Gommera came to assume his position is not entirely clear but it does seem he needed to be respected as a hunter and a warrior. He was wise, he had magical powers and he had spiritual connections.

The Gommera also presided over justice. Howitt, writing in 1883, had this to say :-

“Among the Yuin there was the same practice of expiatory ordeals as among the other tribes I have quoted and the old men prefer this to armed parties being sent out to exact blood-revenge in a feud. The kindred of the deceased frequently revenged themselves by lying in wait for the suspected person, and killing him when out hunting alone. This naturally led to reprisals, and thus to complications such as those which caused the great blood-feud in the Kurnai tribe.”

“An instance is known to me of an expiatory meeting in the Yuin tribe in consequence of a Moruya man being killed by a man from Bodalla, but I am not aware whether by violence or by magic.”

“The Bodalla Gommera sent a Jirri (messenger) to the Bodalla man, telling him he must come to a certain place and stand out. Meanwhile the men of Moruya were preparing their spears and heating their boomerangs in hot ashes to make them tough. At the time fixed, the man appeared, armed with two shields. As he was charged with killing someone, he had to stand out alone; but if he had been only charged with injuring him, or with having used Joias, that is, magical charm, without actually killing the person, he would have been allowed to have a friend to help him. His friends with their Gommera stood at one side, a little out of spear range, while the Moruya men and their Gommera were at one side of the friends of the dead man.”

“It having been arranged how many of the fathers and brothers (own or tribal) of the dead man should attack the defendant, the Gommera then told them what to do, and they went forward towards the Bodalla man, who stood alone expecting them. At about 30 yards distance from him they halted for a while to give him time to prepare himself for defence, then standing in a line facing him, they threw their boomerangs and then their spears at him. He being wounded, his Gommera shouted out ‘Jin ail’, that is, ‘Enough!’ and they ceased. There was no further action in this matter, for blood had been taken.”

Of particular interest to the Broulee area are the transcripts of the interviews Janet Mathews recorded in 1965 when speaking with three well respected local Aboriginal men – David Carpenter, Herbert Chapman and Percy Davis. The three men stated that the tribe or clan or family that lived on Broulee Island was different to the one at Moruya. Percy Davis, whose tribal name was Narramurrao, was the last link with the language of the Yuin people. It went with him when he died at Moruya in 1968.

Today, the Eurobodalla Shire Council recognises and has extensive and active dealings with six Aboriginal Land Councils – Batemans Bay, Bodalla, Cobowra, Merrimans, Mogo and Wagonga.


Invisible Places - Historical Aboriginal Reserves in the Eurobodalla Shire, NSW

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