Eugene Bargo

Eugene Bargo

Eugene Bargo is a proud, Goreng Kabi man, and Eugene’s country is Burri Burri and Nargo.

Growing up Eugene remembers being persecuted for being Aboriginal; he encountered extensive challenges from the local community, having to deal with the ignorance and misconceptions from non-Indigenous people regarding Aboriginal Australians.

Eugene was Dux of his school but says his most important teachings were from his dad. He fondly remembers his father being very wise. He was fortunate enough to obtain valuable lessons from his father’s teachings especially around men’s business, he found this very grounding.  Eugene recalls, “My father’s teachings are still priceless and inspiring today long after his passing.” Eugene’s mother was another significant person is his life, his mum ran Opel House, worked at St Vincent de Pauls assisting the homeless and mob where she could.

There have been various roles in Eugene’s working life from cutting cane with his dad to construction, and returning to study, becoming a qualified social worker. Eugene is now a florist and enjoys growing Australian native flowers and plants on his property.

For the past 48 years Eugene’s been partaking on cultural journeys, yearly travels take him where his ancestors gathered. He believes if you sit still quiet and long enough you can hear the songs and stories of the past. Eugene has a real passion to educate our people especially young Aboriginal boys/men and he organises camps for the boys on his country, to inform them about men’s business, sacred sites etc.

Eugene feels our culture is fractured and wants traditional stories to be taught in schools. This is very important to him because he believes our stories need to be told to the next generation.

Fortunately for Eugene he was given the opportunity to purchase the property he now owns which happens to be his country and where his great grannie and mother grew up; he has had the opportunity to show his children and grandchildre. Proudly Eugene declares, “this is 6 generations.”

Eugene is a concerned Aboriginal elder who endeavours to educate and inspire others, he lives a very simple life that most would struggle with, but others may envy.

He lives on traditional country without electricity or a television for over 17 years.