Joy Murphy Wandin

Joy Murphy Wandin is an Indigenous Australian, Senior Wurundjeri elder of the Kulin alliance in Victoria, Australia. She has given the traditional ''welcome to country'' greeting at many Melbourne events and to many distinguished visitors where she says in the Woiwurrung language "''Wominjeka Wurundjeri Balluk yearmenn koondee bik''" ("Welcome to the land of the Wurundjeri people").

Born in Healesville, Joy Murphy Wandin's family never left Wurundjeri land and she is the great-great niece to William Barak, the last ''traditional'' ngurungaeta of the Wurundjeri-willam clan. Her older brother (Juby) James Wandin, who once played football with St Kilda Football Club in the 1950s, was the ngurungaeta of the Wurundjeri until his death in February 2006.

Her father, Jarlo Wandoon, tried to enlist for World War 1, but was rejected due to being an Aboriginal person. When he attempted to enlist under his ''whitefella'' name, James Wandin, he was accepted into the army and served overseas and is listed under that name on the honour roll in the Healesville RSL. Joy Murphy Wandin told the story of her father's enlistment, and subsequent dispossession and separation from family with the closure of Coranderrk, in 1923 in her ''Welcome to country'' speech when John Howard, as Australian Prime Minister, visited Healesville. Provided by Wikipedia
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    by Murphy Wandin, Joy
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    by Murphy Wandin, Joy, Kelly, Andrew
    Published 2020