Life at Coonamble
My sister is the Thelma Leonard
and she told you about our life at the Pilliga Mission. I was younger
than Thelma so I can’t remember much.
I got married and lived with
Mum and Dad for years in Coonamble. Mr Dodd came from Warren. We went
to school there – I met him at High School.
We had children and then
we went out in the bush because my husband was a station hand. We lived
out on the Station at Quambone until the kids were old enough for school.
The Veechs’ were on the station and they wonderful to us. Marie
Veech grew up with us. I had six children. They are grown up now. One
lives in Coonamble, one in Dubbo and the others are in Sydney. They
come and visit me now.
When the children were old
enough for school we moved to town. My husband left the job out there
and came to town and got a job with the Shire where he worked to 15
years before he died. I don’t go the Sydney much because I’ve
been a bit unwell so the family come to visit me now.
I have a song the Aunty Selenea
used to sing. I can only remember the chorus.
Nung wor sa nigguar
been, nuggerar been woringay
Nung wor sa, nung wor da nuggerar been woringay
In yum ………………hum
They would start humming
here and step around with the spears and dance. I think it means the
men were out hunting and ‘woringay’ that ‘women’,
were at home waiting for the men to come home with the food.