Ŋoyŋupar Räli Galiwin'kulil

The Journey to Galiwin'ku

Baman' ŋäthil 1928-thu, Harold ga Ella Shepherdson gan marrtjin nhinanharaw yolŋuwal Miliŋinbi. Yolŋunydja mala gurrupar maṉḏany Bäpa Sheppy ga Ŋäṉḏi Ella.

A long time ago, in 1928, Harold and Ella Shepherdson came to live with Yolŋu at Milingimbi. Yolŋu called them Bäpa Sheppy and Ŋäṉḏi Ella.

Bala walal ŋurruyirr'yurr djäma djaṯthurr dharpa yäku ḻanapu bala dhuḻ'yurr wäŋa ga buṉbu bukumirriyanharaw.

They all began to cut wood called cypress and build houses and a church.

Ga Bäpa Sheppy marŋgikuŋal ga dhäwu lakaraŋal Garraywalaŋawuy.

And Bäpa Sheppy was teaching and telling stories to everyone about God.

Bala waŋganymirr waluy, walalaŋ Miriŋuny bunanan Miliŋinbiny. Walal gan guyaŋin, “Limurr dhu marrtji ga maḻŋ'maram wiripu wäŋa.”

Then one day, the Japanese came to Milingimbi. Everyone thought, “Let’s go and look for a new place to live”.

Ŋurruŋuny walal bunan wäŋaŋur yäku Worralŋur, yurr galki Ḻaŋarra.

First they went to a place called Worralŋur, close to Howard Island.

Bala walal marrtjin ga-ga-ga-ga ḻarruŋal wäŋaw. Bala walal dhawaṯthurr Guḻmanŋur dhiyal Galiwin’ku. Galiwin’kupuy Yolŋu mala waŋan Bäpa Sheppy-wal “Ma. Manymak nhe dhu gäma dhuwal mitjin Guḻmanlil.”

Then they travelled and searched and searched for a home. They found Guḻman (now known as Mission Beach) at Galiwin’ku. The Yolŋu at Galiwin’ku said to Bäpa Sheppy “It is okay for you to bring the mission to Guḻman.”

Bala 1942, Bäpa Sheppy, Ŋäṉḏi Ella, Walalipa, Bataŋga ga gurruṯumirr mala marrtjin rälin Guḻmanlila marthaŋayyu yäkuy Ḻarrpandhu. Gäŋal walal ḻanapu, biḏurul ga wiripu mala.

So in 1942, Bäpa Sheppy, Ŋäṉḏi Ella, Walalipa (Wili), Bataŋga and their families came to Guḻman in the boat named Larrpan. They brought timber, fuel and other things.

Ga dhiyaŋuny bala nhuma ga nhäma bitjarr gan ŋäthil. Nhaltjarr gan ŋurruŋu mitjin dhiyal dhärran Galiwin'ku.

So now you know the story of how the Mission began here at Galiwin'ku.

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