Barrunbatayi (Dreamtime) Memorial

Barranbutayi Memorial

The Barrunbatayi (Dreamtime) Memorial is located in the East Kempsey Cemetery.

The Memorial marks the resting places of a number of Dunghutti/Thungguti people, with some dating back more than 100 years.

In 2006 when local Aboriginal families were seeking assistance to locate unmarked graves of family members dating back to the early 1940s at the East Kempsey Cemetery, the Dunghutti/Thungghutti community, the Dunghutti Elders Council, Kempsey Shire Council and local businesses community groups banded together to help.

The timber crosses on the graves had deteriorated over time leaving them as unmarked. 

Using non-destructive radar detection, the graves were carefully scanned. Numerous unmarked single graves were discovered. There was no evidence of anything over than single depth graves. 

With the help of Dunghutti/Thungghutti families, a small number of the people in these graves were identified, however many remain unmarked.

This prompted a wide desire to acknowledge and remember these First Nations people. Through collaboration with the Dunghutti/Thungghutti community, the Dunghutti Elders Council, Kempsey Shire Council and local businesses a culturally appropriate memorial was established and unveiled in 2010.

The memorial features a series of memorial plaques, a large, hand-painted timber cross, a rainbow serpent pathway around the site and a memorial wall in remembrance of those resting nearby.

You can see the Barrunbatayi Memorial by visiting the East Kempsey Cemetery on Naiooka Street.