Practically every Australian has heard of Sir John Monash and knows that as a tactically brilliant Australian General, he won the First World War for the Allies. Then as Chairman of the Victorian State Electricity Commission in the 1920’s he established the power grid of the State. Every electricity pylon across the State of Victoria stands in mute homage to him.
In the author’s view, Simon Wonga stands alongside Sir john Monash, as the two greatest Victorians in our State’s history. Yet how many people have ever heard of Wonga’s name, or even the suburb named after him?
This brief account of Wonga’s life journey, and his achievement against extraordinary odds to establish Coranderrk Aboriginal Station in 1863, will hopefully go some way toward redressing this situation.
Paperback, 16pp, 2022