By Ian Clark, Toby Heydon
The Yarra Bend Park marks the most very important post-contact areas within the Melbourne metropolitan quarter, and is of significant value to Victorian Aboriginal humans, quite the Wurundjeri Aboriginal neighborhood. At this website used to be situated the Merri Creek Aboriginal institution, the Merri Creek Protectorate Station, the local Police Corps Headquarters and linked Aboriginal burials.The position has additional value within the early 21st century, as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian deal with the legacies of our touch past.
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Tubberrubberbil is recorded as one of three local names for Arthur’s Seat (Clark and Heydon 2002: 17). 5 kilometres south of ‘Tuerong Park’. Presumably this is the same as Thomas’s Tubberrubabel Creek, and was the source of the Tubberrubabel water holes. Thomas’s hut probably lay south of ‘Tuerong Park’ and just north of Tubbarubba Creek, 10 km northeast of present day Arthur’s Seat: On leaving Thomas Junior’s station called 1. rong, 2. bil, the Assistant Protector’s old station. Here was an old wattle and daub hut in the Tower of Peiza style, at least two feet out of perpendicular, it was shored up and thatched with grass.
Kyle (1906: 160) also mentions that the Murray River people chose to stay there when visiting Melbourne. William Thomas makes frequent reference to encampments ‘by the Heidelberg Road’, and ‘North of the Heidelberg Road’, in the Clifton Hill area (Thomas in VPRS 4410, passim). One site of which we have some geographic certainty is by Heidelberg Road, ‘on the Melbourne side of the [Merri] Creek’, opposite the north end of the government reserve at the Merri Creek–Yarra River confluence (Thomas to Robinson 8/1/1844 in VPRS 11, Unit 10, Item 599 and Thomas 1/3/44 in VPRS 4410, Item 79).
Rong, 2. bil, the Assistant Protector’s old station. Here was an old wattle and daub hut in the Tower of Peiza style, at least two feet out of perpendicular, it was shored up and thatched with grass. This part of the country is hilly and rather thickly wooded. There is abundance of grass. rong, Mr Thomas’s second station. er is 11/2 miles (Robinson Jnl 28/7/1840). 24 Early in September 1839, Thomas was recalled to Melbourne, where he remained until January 1840. On returning to the peninsula, he resided in the vicinity of Arthur’s Seat for two months.