The Great Rescue of 1852 Sculpture

Overview

Yarri and Jacky Jacky stand on the corner of Kitchener and Sheridan Streets. A larger than life-size, bronze sculpture to commemorate the 165th anniversary of the Great Flood of Gundagai in 1852. …

Yarri and Jacky Jacky stand on the corner of Kitchener and Sheridan Streets. A larger than life-size, bronze sculpture to commemorate the 165th anniversary of the Great Flood of Gundagai in 1852.

The sculpture celebrates the heroic work of Yarri and Jacky Jacky, along with other members of the Wiradjuri tribe in saving some 69 townsfolk from the floodwaters.

On the night of June 24, 1852, two Wiradjuri men, Yarri and Jacky Jacky, rescued one-third of the Gundagai town's residents in frail bark canoes from the flooded Murrumbidgee River. It was a protracted rescue effort, continuing over some days and nights.

This sculpture is a must-see in this beautiful country town!

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