Bundawal

Bundawal was also known as Bobby Brown. He was a Tatungalung man who attended the 1884 Jeraeil and shared some of his cultural knowledge with Howitt and John Bulmer. Bulmer believed Bobby may have been a songmaker, from his name Bunjil Koonyoroo that Bulmer had been told.
Bobby performed at times for non-Aboriginal audiences, such as at the Bairnsdale District Hospital Carnival and was well-known around the Bairnsdale and Sale area. This resulted in Bobby being given a brass plate and the title King Bobby - Howitt recorded that he was pleased with this and used it to lever advantage amongst colonists. It was noted that Bobby asserted his right to Country and compensation, regularly requesting 'tikpens' from colonists as payment for his loss.
In 1906 Bobby died of debility at the Bairnsdale Hospital. He was around 76 years old.
References:
'The Advertiser', Bairnsdale Advertiser and Tambo and Omeo Chronicle, 8 November 1906, p. 2, accessed 30 June 2020,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article85132518.
Bain Attwood 1986 ‘Off the Mission Stations: Aborigines in Gippsland, 1860-1890’, Aboriginal History, vol. 10, no. 2, pp.130-151, p. 137.
'The Gippsland Times', Gippsland Times, p. 3, accessed 30 June 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article62310113.
Board for the Protection of the Aborigines, Forty-Third Report, J. Kemp, Government Printer, Melbourne, 1907, p. 8.
‘Bairnsdale District Hospital Carnival’, Bairnsdale Advertiser and Tambo and Omeo Chronicle, 30 March 1895, p. 2, accessed 10 March 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article86387466.

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