Corrina Eccles – a Wadawurrung Traditional Owner

Corrina’s Great Great Great Grandmother Queen Mary Robinson was a well-respected women and Elder of the Wadawurrung Tribe in late 1800’s. Her son John Robinson was also a valued and respected male of the tribe. The last of the Wadawurrung were made to reside on the Mt Duneed Reserve on Gazaphore road Waurn Ponds. Corrina’s Great Grandmother and also her father were removed. Her family have been impacted by Stolen Generation.

In 2012 Wadawurrung Corporation were approved as the Registered Aboriginal Party for the Wadawurrung Boundary which covers all of Geelong up to Painkalac Creek Airey’s inlet, Winchelsea River to the Werribee River, past Ballarat. Their core business is to oversee all cultural heritage of land and waters, to perform Traditional ceremonies, Welcome to Countries, Smoking ceremonies and dance ceremonies and deliver local cultural education and language. Wadawurrung Corporation recently released their Wadawurrung language app that can be downloaded on iphone or ipad.

Corrina’s Grandmother Aunty Joyce Eccles is the eldest living Elder of the Wadawurrung cutodians aged 94 years. She resides in a nursing home in Lara. Corrina recently became a grandmother and she is part of 5 generations still living in Wadawurrung Country. Her Grandmother, Father, herself, son and granddaughter.

Corrina walks her life as a cultural journey of her spiritual connection to ancestors, stories and cultural passion. She manages a young Aboriginal dance troupe which consists of up to 45 children. The children perform Aboriginal dance performances throughout Wadawurrung Country, Surf coast and Geelong.

Corrina’s endless passion, advocacy and strength has seen her acknowledged for numerous awards. This year Corrina was awarded the First Nation’s Women of the Year award on behalf of the City of Greater Geelong.


barwon-river-walk-welcome-to-country-corrina-eccles_origCorrina also volunteers her time with Surfing Victoria to assist with engaging young people in surfing programs to learn to surf, to connect them with the ocean. Corrina resides on the Surf coast in Torquay and Works at Deakin at the Institute of Koorie Education as well as running her own cultural business Mok- borreeyn bagoork, meaning proud women in Wadawurrung language. The business assists and empowers Aboriginal people to share their cultural pride within our schools and communities. She also delivers an Art program ‘Spreading the Message” which consists of bollards being painted by young Aboriginal youth to share cultural identity and stories. You can see these poles at the Chocolaterie and also the main entrance gate Geelong Football Club as part of their Djilang indigenous garden.

4 thoughts on “Corrina Eccles – a Wadawurrung Traditional Owner

  1. Hi Corrina
    I have a school that does the Story of Buninyong and have forward them Tammy and Deanne emails but has not response
    can you please get back to me
    Regards Marjorie

  2. Hi Corrina
    My name is Shennette & l am trying to find out about my Grandma. I have been looking for many years. I am wondering if you would know anything about her (parents) so my great Grandparents. Her name was Isabella ECCLES she was placed in a home in Western Australia in the 1890’s. If you have any information it would be greatly appreciated.
    Hope to hear from you

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