Quandamooka History

Timeline created by Judy Sorbello
  • Aborigines in the Quandamooka

    Aborigines in the Quandamooka
    Aboriginal people have lived in this area for 25 000 years or more, according to their history.
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    Quandamooka History

  • First contact

    First contact
    Minjerribah people help Matthew Flinder's crew find water at Cylinder Beach.
  • Shipwreck

    The Noonucal people at Pulan (Amity Point) looked after the wrecked timbergetters Pamphlett, Finnegan and Parsons shipwrecked on Moreton Island for nearly 6 weeks.
  • Minjerribah renamed

    Minjerribah renamed
    Governor Darling renames Minjerribah Stradbroke Island.
  • Clashes on Stradbroke Island

    Clashes on Stradbroke Island
    January 1831-December 1832: 10 or more violent clashes occurred between Stradbroke Island Aborigines and Europeans stationed at Dunwich and Amity.
  • Mission at Dunwich

    Mission at Dunwich
    Four Passionist missionaries set up a mission at Dunwich to convert Aborigines.
  • Move to Stradbroke Island.

    Move to Stradbroke Island.
    The entire Moreton Island Aboriginal population moved to Stradbroke Island.
  • Dugong hunting

    Dugong hunting
    Fernandez Gonzales began employing Aborigines to net dugong
  • Paid employment

    Paid employment
    Paid employment as cleaners and builders’ labourers became available to Aborigines at Dunwich. The employees became known as the Aboriginal Gang the following year and were considered indispensible. They also worked at the piggery, bakery and dairy. Women worked as nursing assistants and domestics.
  • Aboriginal Protection Act

    Aboriginal Protection Act
    Aborigines Protection Act came into being. It was effective until 1977 and was based on isolating Aborigines.
  • Fight for wage rises

    Fight for wage rises
    The Australian Workers’ Union tried unsuccessfully to help its Aboriginal members at Dunwich regarding wage rises.
  • Aborigines Progressive Association

    Aborigines Progressive Association
    Aboriginal activists Jack Patten and William Ferguson formed the Aborigines Progressive Association to demand award wages. Eight of 28 Queensland members were from Myora on Stadbroke Island.
  • Moongalba/Myora mission

    Moongalba/Myora mission
    The Moongalba/Myora mission was closed. Most residents moved to One Mile where the Moongalba buildings were re-erected. The Moongalba families weren’t allowed to live in Dunwich.
  • Basic wage

    Basic wage
    The Aboriginal Gang received the basic wage after years of dispute.
  • Royal Republic of Minjerribah

    Royal Republic of Minjerribah
    On 23 January, the people of Minjerribah declared the establishment of the Royal Republic of Minjerribah (formerly North Stradbroke Island). The first president was Jack Borey.
  • Friends of Myora

    Friends of Myora
    Friends of Myora Aboriginal Cemetery was formed to revitalise interest in the mission cemetery.
  • Mining protest

    Mining protest
    Poet Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) led a protest over a mining lease threatening two middens near the Blue Lake national park.
  • Myora Aboriginal Cemetery

    Myora Aboriginal Cemetery
    Myora Aboriginal Cemetery was entered on the Australian National Heritage register.
  • Oodgeroo Noonuccal

    Oodgeroo Noonuccal
    Aboriginal poet and North Stradbroke Island resident, Kath Walker, (Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal tribe) published a new volume of poetry entitled Kath Walker in China. It was the first collection of Aboriginal poetry to be published in Chinese and English.
  • One Mile Minjerriba Strategic Plan

    One Mile Minjerriba Strategic Plan
    A plan was formulated from the ideas of Aboriginal poet Oodgeroo Noonucal to develop a multi-function community complex on East Coast Road, North of Dunwich.
  • Native title process

    Native title process
    A native title ‘process’ agreement between the Quandamooka Land Council and Redland Shire Council over island land claims was signed. The land claim was over North Stradbroke Island, the Bay Islands and surrounding waters in 1994.
  • Native title

    Native title
    An agreement is made to clear the path for achieving formal native title recognition in the Federal Court of Australia in 2011.As the acknowledged traditional owners of the island's land and sea country, the Quandamooka people have an integral role in shaping the island's economic and environmental future.