Simon Wonga 

A leader with a vision for his people.

1821-1874

Simon Wonga was an important Aboriginal leader, who became ngurungaeta, or 'head man', of the Wurundjeri people in the mid-19th century, at a time when their future was uncertain. He helped his people face the loss of their traditional way of life, and achieved his vision for an Aboriginal settlement at Coranderrk.