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Item details

Name of item: Long Gully
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Aboriginal
Category: Ceremonial site
Location: Lat: -30.7995505011 Long: 152.520772162
Primary address: , Kempsey, NSW 2440
Local govt. area: Kempsey
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Thunggutti
Hectares (approx): 40
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
 KempseyKempsey  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Why is it an Aboriginal Place?
Long Gully Aboriginal Place was a ceremonial site.

Why is it important to Aboriginal people?
Long Gully was a passing out parade ground used in the latter stages of initiations by the Thungetti tribe on the mid-north coast of NSW. The ground is hidden by two high ridges, where ceremonies could be held privately. The last initiation ceremony held here was in 1932.

In 1979, when the site was declared an Aboriginal Place, several men who were initiated here were still alive and actively sought protection for the site. These men ensured that knowledge of the site and its importance was passed on to younger generations within the Aboriginal community.
Date significance updated: 13 May 15
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Physical description: What's on the ground?
There are no remains of earth rings visible at the Grunda ground, but there are five tall, old red gums.

Nature of the environment
Long Gully Aboriginal Place is situated in a valley between two creeks; the site is heavily grassed and has few trees.
Current use: Long Gully Aboriginal Place is currently used for agricultural purposes.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
2. Peopling-Peopling the continent Aboriginal cultures and interactions with other cultures-Activities associated with maintaining, developing, experiencing and remembering Aboriginal cultural identities and practices, past and present. Aboriginal Culture-


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
NPW Act - Aboriginal Place  14 Dec 79 1786236

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
ElectronicNSW Government1979Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales View detail

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5062947
File number: NDCH/CHERT6104 & NPWS A6249

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