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SWELL Smalls Gallery 2023 Artwork – Bilin Bilin

Bilin Bilin was an Aboriginal Yugambeh leader at a time of great upheaval for Aboriginal people when they were losing their land and lives to European settlers. He helped his people stay connected to their land and traditional beliefs by using diplomacy rather than confrontation with the invaders. He was born c. 1820 and died 1901. He is recognised as an apical ancestor of Yugambeh country which includes the Gold Coast area.

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