Noongar Footy Legends Night | Football memorabilia auction

Traditional custodian Wayne Webb was donated items from the late sports broadcaster George Grljusich's family to be auctioned at the Noonger Football Legends Night.
Traditional custodian Wayne Webb was donated items from the late sports broadcaster George Grljusich's family to be auctioned at the Noonger Football Legends Night.

Items donated from the late famed WA sports broadcaster George Grljusich's family will be auctioned at the Noongar Football Legends Night in Busselton on Saturday, May 18.

The event has been organised by the Undalup Association and is a fundraiser to help send some of their community rangers to join the Partners the Tangaroa Blue Foundation in Cape York.

Traditional custodian Wayne Webb said he was thrilled to receive a call from Mr Grljusich's wife Judy who used to live in Busselton and was like family to the Webbs.

"Back then this was a really small area there were not many people around and Noongars and white people all knew each other," he said.

"There were only two of us family groups the Webbs and the Corbetts and a few old uncles and aunties who were around at the time.

"All the Noongars and white fellas knew each other and treated each other as family, George's wife Judy and her sister Janet and their father and mother were really good friends of our family.

"Their father took the photo of our mia mia in the bush and he was one of the people who actually pushed for those houses to be built at Siesta Park."

Mr Webb said he received a call last week out of the blue from Ms Grljusich who had seen an article about the Noongar Football Legends Night.

"We have not seen each other for 40 years and she phoned because she wanted to donate all this stuff which is George's memorabilia," he said.

Some of the items included an original Fremantle Dockers football which was released at the announcement the team would be joining the AFL.

The book Lewie, Lewie, Chris Lewis - An Aboriginal Champion written by Gary Stokes and Alan East which contains hand written notes by Mr Grljusich.

A CD which contains broadcasts and interviews by Mr Grljusich while he was at 6PR, along with other media credentials and plaques honouring his work.

The Noongar Football Legends Night is a dinner and show, there will be an EFTPOS facility, bushfood beverages and tucker on the night, tickets are available from trybooking.com/BBPSX.

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