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April 14, 2021

The place of the water rat

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Mary Gardner’s excellent article on our rakali, ‘Shy Golden Water Rats’, white tailed water rats, reminded me of a story told to me by our local historian Frank Mills OAM.

There is a bend in the river on the Main Arm of the Brunswick opposite Kohinur Hall. It was here that is the site of the Water Rat ‘Dreaming’. This was the totem of the Durrumbul Mob of the Minjungbal People. In the local language Durr was the Water Rat and Bal means place of.

Though all of the surrounding creeks and rivers seem to have platypus I have heard of no sightings on the Bruns. That isn’t to say they aren’t here. Nor have I seen or heard of sightings of rakali.


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