Brungal Tommy

13 March 1908 Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post

A peculiar discovery was made a Brungle a couple of days ago.

As Mr. T. J. Lamb was engaged in rabbiting, he found in the bush at Brungle a species of brass brest plate, half moon shape, supported by a steel chain.

This breast-plate is an interesting relic of the wild days of the aboriginals.

On the face is depicted an emu, a blackfellow with suspended spear, and a gin with a boomerang in hand.

The inscription, which is very legible, is as follows:-

Brungal Tommy, King of Brungal. The gift of John Keighrer.

Mr. William French, the oldest resident of Brungle, remembers the occasion when the presentation was made to Brungle Tommy.

This year was 1842 - ten years before the great Gundagai flood of June, 1852.

The relic will be on view at the 'Times' office and at the Show.