The leader of a Nyungar tribe circa the 1820s, during which time the tribe is beset by white invaders as British Naval forces seeking to colonize Australia and possess the Aboriginals’ land. Yellagonga is wary of the white men from the start, and as his people are slowly removed from their land, cut off from their food sources, and brutalized by their colonizers, Yellagonga knows that, sadly, there is nothing he can do. There is, as Pilkington writes, “no recourse for any injustices committed against his people.” Like Kundilla, Pilkington uses the character of Yellagonga to illustrate an early Aboriginal reaction to white invaders and the devastating effects of colonization.
Yellagonga Character Timeline in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence
The timeline below shows where the character Yellagonga appears in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: The Swan River Colony
Chapter 3: The Decline of Aboriginal Society
...[Nyungar] society and the dispossession of their lands.” The hunters Bigdup and Meedo complain to Yellagonga that they can no longer access their hunting trails, as they have been sealed off... (full context)