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Wiradjuri Nation: Peggy and Jimmy Lambert, Jimmy McDonald, Tom Penney , P.4
Jimmy Lambert’s breastplate, now held by his great great great great grandson. The plate is decorated with an emu and a grasstree on the left, and a kangaroo and grasstree on the right. The inscription says: A Reward of Merit to James Lambert King of the Dabee Tribe.
Kiernan Fitzpatrick, who was shot in front of his Wollar hut. (More details following)
Peggy Lambert, the last Aboriginal in Rylstone, east of Mudgee, was born about 1830 and buried in the Aboriginal section of the Rylstone Cemetery in June 1884. Peggy only gave birth to one full blooded Aboriginal child. Her husband, Jimmy Lambert, locally known as the ‘King of the Dabee tribe’, was given a brass plate in return for 1000 acres of his tribal country. Jimmy Lambert was tribal chieftain of Yerromun Plains Bonegarley. He was born about 1830 and is buried at Aaron’s Pass, on the Mudgee Road. His brass plate is now held by his great great great great grandson, Paul Perrin of Queensland. Paul also has a silk and gold sash believed to have belonged to Peggy Lambert, Queen of the Dabee Tribe. Paul says a bridge built in Rylstone in the early 1900s was officially opened by Jim Lambert cutting the ribbon, an honour bestowed upon him because of the high esteem he was held in by the people of Rylstone. The peers of the bridge still remain. The Canberra Museum has photos of Jim and Peg Lambert, but it is not presented on this site out of respect for the Aboriginal custom of not presenting photos of an Aboriginal deceased person . Paul is presently researching more on the family and will let us know what he finds. If you have more information, could you please email it to this site and we will pass it onto Paul and his family as well. (For more information, including a possible correction, CLICK HERE.)
Another well known Aboriginal man in the Rylstone district was Jimmy McDonald an Aboriginal tracker at Rylstone Police Station.
William Cox spoke in his memoirs of Tom Penney, the last of all the Aboriginal peoples in the district, who died about 1876. Mr Cox noted Aboriginal people were no longer seen in the area at that time. However, there is conjecture at the moment that Aboriginal woman, Diana Mudgee, lived at Piambong with her third partner and died in 1902, being buried nearby. Diana’s third partner, Robert Raynor acquired a property at Piambong in 1855 after the couple had three children at Grattai. Robert died in 1874 in a dray accident. Because they were not legally married, Robert’s property was sold, but Diana was buried at Piambong in 1902. There will be more information on Diana Mudgee included at a later date.
In the 1840s, blankets and other government issues were still being handed out to the Aboriginal people, and corroborees were still held in the Mudgee hills in the 1850s.
In more recent years, Aboriginal people have returned to the Mudgee region. They are banding together to work and encourage each other in reconciliation with the people of the region. Mudgee has its own Aboriginal Land Council.
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The silk and gold thread sash believed to have been presented to Peggy Lambert.
Paul Perrin, great great great great grandson of James and Peggy Lambert.