LOCAL resident, Max Schier has a family past full of honour, after he discovered his great, great, great, great grandfather, Joseph Waldo Rice was awarded an Illuminated Address in 1906.
The Illuminated Address, which was presented to him by the residents of Barmah and surrounding districts on April 4, 1906 in honour of his 50 years of residence on the Murray.
Joseph lived at Moira Lakes alongside the Bangerang people, whom he employed through his fishing business the Murray Fishing Company and was referred to as ‘governor’ by the Bangerang as a sign of respect.
Max said, “My family’s history has stood the test of time, handed down to me from my grandmother on my mother’s side.
“There are tales told down through my family of how the Rice family coexisted with the Bangerang people at Moira Lakes.
“I’m quite proud of it because it’s a piece of my family history and shows a connection between white people and aboriginal people,” Max said.