Granddad Minnimbah/Tom Costigan's Story

Granddad Minnimbah/Tom Costigan's Story

Granddad Minnimbah/Tom Costigan's Story

My “ngagi”, my mother’s father Grandad Tom Costigan (traditional name Minnibah) was a Mamu man of the South Johnstone area, what is known as Mamu Dugulbarra country. He wasn’t sure exactly how old he was, but said he was probably born in the early 1930s. Orphaned early, he was raised traditionally in the bush by his grandad, English name Jerry Barlow, until he was around 7 when his grandad decided he should go to school and brought him to a family living in the Millaa Millaa Aboriginal camp reserve. He didn’t have any personal belongings, not even any clothes “gambi”. Grandad ended up being taken in by and working for a white family whom the old Tablelands families know. Grandad became a well known footballer and heavy machine operator.
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