The King of Bingera coming home

November 29, 2017

Council is assisting the Office of Environment and Heritage to return the remains of an ancestral man to his Country.

A ceremony will be held on the Gwydir River, Bingara on Friday 1 December commencing 11am sharp. The ceremony will include a smoking ceremony, traditional dance and burial.

Following the ceremony a barbecue will be held in the nearby Cunningham Park.

The ancestral man’s remains have been released from the Australian Museum, Sydney. The ancestral man is said to have been known as Cobbara Ball, King of Bingera. He is believed to have been killed in a fight with one of his tribe in 1848 and was 60 years of age when killed.

Council is assisting the Office by slashing an area and coordinating the barbecue which will be provided by the Bingara Lions Club. The costs associated with the barbecue are externally funded through National Reconciliation Week Funding made available by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.