Jagajaga


Jagajaga is named after Aboriginal elders who signed a land deal with John Batman in 1835, giving the European Settlers 202,343 hectares of land at the north-west end of Port Phillip Bay.

A copy of this deed can be found in Jenny's electorate office.

The Wurundjeri were the original custodians of the lands in and around Melbourne extending north of the Great Dividing Range, east to Mt Baw Baw, south to Mordialloc Creek and west to the Werribee River.

Local historian Mick Woiwood has written an insightful fictionalised history of the tribe to which Jagajaga belonged.

"Jagajaga: one of the eight principal Aboriginal chiefs to sign Batman's Land Deed. His name crops up frequently in stories of the early phase of settlement as an individual greatly feared by settlers. Captured by Henry Gisbourne on 11 January 1840, he escaped to continue his fight against the European invasion. A shadowy figure who avoided Port Phillip officialdom with the result that, like so many other insurgents throughout the continent, his exploits are poorly documented in the historic record".

Woiwood, Mick; The Last Cry, 1997, Tarcoola Press, Yarra Glen, Victoria.

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The electorate of Jagajaga is located alongside the Yarra River covering the North-Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It is a diverse electorate that is proud of its beautiful environment. It contains scenic walking paths, vibrant shopping centres, historic architecture, and is home to the Heidelberg School of Artists.

The Olympic Village in West Heidelberg housed the thousands of athletes who participated in the 1956 Olympic Games.

The electorate of Jagajaga covers the areas of Eltham, Heidelberg, Heidelberg West, Kangaroo Ground, Ivanhoe, Lower Plenty, Macleod, Montmorency, Rosanna, Viewbank, North Warrandyte, Watsonia, Yallambie and parts of Bundoora, Greensborough and Research.

State electorates: Jagajaga includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Ivanhoe, and parts of the electorates of Bundoora, Eltham and Yan Yean.