Beryl Kennedy [interview, part 2]

In this interview Beryl speaks about the Mungo Man repatriation ceremony in November 2017.

Beryl Kennedy (nee Murray) is a Ngiyampaa woman who speaks about the repatriation ceremony in November 2017, and the mood as the hearse carrying the remains of Mungo Man was driven by her grandsons Dane and Damien, and stopped in her hometown of Hay, NSW on the way to Mungo National Park. Beryl also speaks about her early family life, her father Victor serving in the army during WWII, and meeting her husband Roy in the early 1950s and their six children.

This interview was part of a collaboration between Louise Darmody and the State Library of New South Wales. The interviews were conducted by Louise Darmody, journalist, oral historian, producer, and founder of Sound Memories an oral history and documentary-making firm established in 2003.

These oral history recordings document the personal stories behind the Mungo Man historic repatriation process which took place on the 16-19th November 2017. After 43 years the Traditional Custodians brought Mungo Man and other internationally significant ancestral remains home to Mungo National Park within the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage area in New South Wales.

The full catalogue record is online at 

Part of this interview has been transcribed and is available on Amplify at: 

Beryl Kennedy
Location Description: 

Lake Mungo, New South Wales 2715, Australia. 

Original Date: 
2018 April 13th
Copyright status:: In copyright Copyright holder:: State Library of New South Wales Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
Oral history interviews concerning the repatriation of Mungo Man to Mungo National Park conducted by Louise Darmody, commissioned by the State Library of New South Wales, 16 November 2017-19 April 2018