Glasshouse Rocks / Handkerchief Beach / Nangadga Lake

‘……Glasshouse Rocks is another significant, traditional fishing area. We can’t get in there now because the main access is privately owned. We can walk a few kilometres, but that is a problem for our older teachers who have issues with old age. We want to be able to fish and dive there, not just our family but other families as well…… [Vivienne Mason 5.1.2006].

‘………..Last year, Glen, Ronnie and Viv were at Glasshouse teaching Marcia and Madison how to catch and prepare abs, the proper way. Culture is an ever-evolving thing. No longer are we looking for vines for fishing nets, they are made; bark canoes are now power boats……but the practice stays the same……. [Phil Duncan 5.1.2006].

There are exposed shell middens all along Handkerchief Beach and around the headland. Our family has always gone here to fish and around to Nangadga Lake to prawn. When I was about 16, I remember going to Nangadga Lake with Ronnie’s family. The boys walked through the water with spears, not making one ripple. Nanna Bella was sitting on the lake’s edge with the fire going, they were throwing the mullet to her and she cooked them straight away. I will never forget that, they were so good at what they were doing. Ronnie’s father and eldest brother taught Darryl, Ronald and Glen how to make spears out of the garara stick; they have also been spearing at Nangadga [Vivienne Mason 1.6.2006].

Keith Nye has camped and fished at Handkerchief Beach and Nangadga Lake; throughout his entire life [Keith Nye 1.3.2006].


Excerpt from "Stories About the Eurobodalla by Aboriginal People", 2006. Story Contributed by Martin Ind from Moruya High School.