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The reunion of two tribes

The reunion of two tribes

A part of the Barossa Valley’s history was celebrated over the Easter weekend and new history made when a pioneering family of the Barossa and Traditional Owners united after 180 years since European occupation.

Descendants of William Jacob, Colonel Light’s assistant surveyor (who helped to found Adelaide), pioneer of the Barossa Valley and namesake to the famous Jacobs Creek winery, gathered from across Australia to celebrate the 200 years since his birth.

Held at Jacob’s original cottage at Morooroo, Rowland Flat, this celebration also marked a significant step towards reconciliation with the Peramangk People, who were invited back to their country for the first time in 180 years.

Ms Isobelle Campbell, the Peramangk Custodian, conducted a Welcome to Country and traditional smoking ceremony to reunite the Jacob clan and the Peramangk People in a moving ceremony of reconciliation.

Isobelle said, “It meant a lot to us being invited back onto the country. The whole Jacob family took us in. Conducting the Welcome to Country is our way of working together.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.