George Nelson

George Nelson is an Aboriginal Elder of both Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung Nations and has been a keeper of his family stories for seventy-three years. George had a broken education as a child and finally had the opportunity of returning to study at the age of fifty-six, completing a degree in Aboriginal Administration in Adelaide. George also commenced a postgraduate thesis, and took a special interest in further researching the life of his Grampa Thomas Shadrach James, an Indian from Mauritius who was responsible for educating both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people on Maloga and Cummeragunga missions over a period of forty-one years. George himself has a highly successful professional running career, on the Australian Professional athletics circuit.

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An Australian Aboriginal man’s 73-year search for the story of his Aboriginal and Indian ancestors

Publication date: April 2014
A Yorta Yorta man’s 73-year search for the story of his Aboriginal and Indian ancestors including his Indian Grampa who, as a real mystery man, came to Yorta Yorta country in Australia, from Mauritius, in 1881 and went on to leave an incredible legacy for Aboriginal Australia. This story is written through George Nelson’s eyes, life and experiences, from the time of his earliest memory, to his marriage to his sweetheart Brenda, through to his journey to Mauritius at the age of 73, to the production of this wonderful story in the present. For more information on Aboriginal History Inc. please visit