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Geneology

This is our family line Mudjin bannang (geneology) from our great grandparents Darugule Boorooberongal. At present we will be dealing with the youngest child of Eva and including all the families and surviving relatives of the LOCK/WEBB geneology.

Eva Agnes LOCK married David Randolph (Darcy) WEBB on the 23rd June 1904 when she was 19 years old.  The ceremony was held at the home of her mother, Sarah Ann LOCK, in Plumton, according to the rites of the Presbyterian Church. Darcy was 26 years old and a butcher at the Shaw's Slaughterhouse in Katoomba.  The couple moved to North Katoomba and their children in birth order were:

  1. Joseph Theodore (Jack) (2/11/1904 - 19/2/1983) who married Esther Jane (Biddy) LOCK
  2. Darcy David (Bill) (5/3/1906 - 26/7/1978) married Ethel May NAYLOR (20/10/1912 ?);
  3. Hilda May (22/9/1909 - 1/10/1983) married Richard James Lawrence TANGYE (1/7/1905 - 13/1/1968)
  4. Stanley (Andy) (16/10/1910 - 26/12/1972) married Constance Eddy
  5. Amy Susan (15/6/1913 - 3/8/1963) married in 1929, Walter William GREEN (Wally)
  6. Ellen Jean (14/4/1915 - 25/7/1995) married Robert WILSON
  7. Mona Ileen (23/3/1917 - 6/6/1983)

Eva later lived with and married Alfred EVERINGHAM and had her eighth child, Aleathea Joan married Harold Gilbert COOPER 29/06/1946.


Aunty Joan COOPER THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR (2003) (JOHNSON, Dianne)

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Digger was dressed in a dark navy blue suit with a white shirt, bow tie and a white carnation in his lapel. Joan's Matron of honor was her sister, Mona, who wore a drees of deep violet taffeta with a bouquet of mixed colored flowers and her two nieces, Alma Joan WEBB (Aunty Nina) and Eva TANGYE (Aunty Midge) were her bridesmaids. [.........] After the ceremony, there was a reception at 90 Arthur Street, Parramatta, put on by Joan's sister Amy GREEN. [.......] The newly married couple stayed at the Arthur Street house for the evening and the next day headed off to Katoomba. It was a memorable day for the couple and a return visit to the church, St John's Anglican Cathedra in Parramatta in 2002, held poignant memories for Joan.

(Aunty Joanie) (29/2/1928 - 2007)

JOAN AND DIGGER

Aunty Joan and Uncle Digger (Gilbert) had 9 children, 6 girls and 3 boys.

Jeffery James (Jeff): Jennifer Rose (Jenny): Carol Eileen: Peggy Sandra: Josephine Joan (Josie): Anthony Charles (Cousin Tony): Danny John (11/4/1956 - 5/6/1998): Rosemary Anne (Rosie): Darlene Edith (Dosh)

The Guulyangarra (Children) were all born at Blue Mountains District Hospital in Katoomba, being raised amongst Mudjin growing up in the Gully.  It is through and by these records that our families have record of custodianship and duty of care towards their cultral significance. The boys of our clan are Wungarra and the men of our clan are Dullai Mulla.  

We have been constantly reminded by the Mulla of our Darug clan that the mountains were considered a place of refuge against the encroaching colony, that in the time before 1788 the mountains were journey to in times of Gadyalang to gather all the strength of summers fall. 

Only special men and women of high degree were allowed to travel within its boundaries and decree the sites for Birth-Death-Life-Matrimony.

The Dharug.Dalang must consider traditional boundaries when speaking of gender, we will invite Aunties Valerie, Beverly , Carrol, Jenny, Edna and Jacinta and other elder cultural woman to contribute as the site continues to evolve.  It is not my place to speak of the womens role for Gilygan, Wurrai, Dyinmang. 

In the year 2000 the Walk For Reconciliation took place. Aunty Joan COOPER was asked to cut the ribbon and accepted with great honour and humility.  As the youngest surviving child of Eva LOCK, she was on this day the most revered of all Australian Darug Elders and the very envy of her closest friends that lived around the old mining town and Seven Sisters of Katoomba and the Blue Mountains.

When coming to the mountains. Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson were confronted by the protuding rock formation internationaly recognised as the Three Sisters.  The Lore surrounding their transformation into stone is kept sacred, except for, those times of womens Byalawa nura (talking on country)  The Yellamundie of our clan keeps hidden the names of the Seven Brothers who were related Mudjin mulla from the Warmuli clan of the Boorooberongal, they had all been promised to seven of the most beautiful sisters known to the mob and tribes.

Today men sing for the seven sisters of Katoomba, unable to understand the song, incantations or the complexities of the magic used to turn each of the sacred women to stone.  Unfortuntley, the Darug have no initiated men or women of our clan, therefore we have no traditional dance to go with the storyline and cannot enter that sacred place and time where their spirits live.  Nevertheless we can sing and hold ceremony in their honour and appease our Bururaralyung.

The Darugule mudjin have recently been presented with special gifts from many communities across the entire nation of our continent.  Yoglnu Djarlu and song of the Yidaki, Walpuri bumerang's and song from a child/grandfather from the Kimberly's in the north.  Gifts that have arrived with feather, stone, ocher and wood to assist in the reclamation of Gumberri Dalang, our Grand peoples tongues.

2011-2012 we bring the songs from the rehearsal stage of Yibunlibyila to the actual time of Garriberri, where we will present a specific song and tune related to the flora and fauna of each National Park and Reserve. 

At present the leading Aboriginal Education program of Sydney currently in production at Circular Quay and representing many cultures of the eastern coast of the continent, Koomurri are at present in varying stages of Yabun.

  1. Yerung yuu gilbinung
  2. Naibai walin bunna bunna
  3. Garraway wumura

Trees and butterflies, I see the rain, White Cockatoo Fly, are three compilations in process at the present. 

A dress rehearsal was performed by members of Koomurri Song and Dance Troupe for the students 28/06/2010 at Bronte Public School and well received by students and staff alike.

Songman Nambrimbrii yellamundie and the Koomurri Dancers performed recently as last week to launch the new western franchise of Australian Rules football at Blacktown.  Aunty Edna and her grandaughter spoke in language and Uncle Greg spoke about the history and relationship of the Darug and Dharawal family. 

The very next morning Nambrimbrii and Russul Dawson of Koomurii Dancers performed at the new Indigenous Center for Excellence in Redfern. 



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