Banana Well History

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Freddy and Tony Ozies (SNR)

Banana Well History relates back to the founding members of the Burrguk Corporation which ties the Charles and Ozies families.

Members of the Burrguk Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) have strong traditional & historical ties to this particular area known as Burrguk. The older members of Burrguk experienced the mission life, growing up in an institutionalised environment, which had an impact on their lives, their parents were part of the stolen generation, some have fond memories and others are resentful and angry at their losses.

The word and meaning of Burrguk , means “high place or high ground” in the Nyul- Nyul language.

The bay across Burrguk creek was also used and operated by a Brother named Sax who had a large market garden & goats, in conjunction with a family member who married a Nyul-Nyul lady and lived at Banana Well. They had a banana plantation, goats, poultry and market garden. They would barter and sell their goods and fresh water to the pearling luggers.

Water is pumped from Banana Well for the community water supply which has been tested and proven to be 100% spring water. There is a long standing myth that the water at Banana Well Getaway is known as fertility water. Many people of our community and friends of the family, that have come out to Banana Well Getaway, have ended up (boogajin) pregnant.

Burrguk Aboriginal Corporation was established in 1989, by a dedicated family group consisting of two families, the Ozies & Charles families. Therefore, Banana Well Getaway (BWG) is another entity of BAC.

BAC has a 99 year lease and is situated upon Aboriginal Reserve 1012. The BWG existing living areas is located on the edge of the coastal strip bounding Beagle Bay.

The area is impacted by tidal fluctuations specifically by King Tides and major wet season tides associated with low depressions. Burrguk Aboriginal Corporation members are about looking after their country, preserving and fishing for the future, and respecting other traditional owners in the area.