Today spells the end of 98 years of Noosa council.
James Duke is mentioned in the ‘Last Farewell’ article today as the first chairman of the Noosa Council. James Duke is described ‘as a true pioneer’ and we are told he managed timber operations for Dath Henderson & Co.
I am not an historian and also still don’t know enough about this place – but James Duke would have arrived here when the ‘dispersal’ of Aboriginal people was in full swing. He was here when it happened.
The Queensland Government of 1897 made laws that aboriginal people should be forced at gunpoint to leave their homelands and taken to reserves. Police collected the remaining few and sent to Cherbourg which is near Murgon, west of Gympie. Mrs. Serico, a Gubbi elder remembers her uncle known as “King Tommy of Noosa” being led away by the police. Two years later, Mrs. Serico, her mother, siblings and aunts were taken also removed from Noosa to Cherbourg. When they were released from Cherbourg 25 years later, they found that their traditional lands were taken over by white settlement and no longer available to them.
‘When they were released from Cherbourg 25 years later, they found that their traditional lands were taken over by white settlement and no longer available to them. ‘ I am intrigued, how Mr. and Mrs. Sercio’s home coming actually played out. Most of the gentlemen in the ‘Farewell’ picture must have known about it.
I’m assuming none of this is deemed to be relevant to the Noosa Council History of the last 100 years. Local History as far as the Aboriginals is concerned only happens in specialist and much harder to access studies.
Growing up in Europe Australia, the continent and it’s people, never held much interest for me. It remained that way until I glanced facets of Aboriginal culture – I soaked up anything I could find on the subject. Aboriginal people and culture are extremely interesting and impressive for their outstanding sustainability record alone.
I’m now living in Australia which has just issued an official apology.
I’m living in Noosa. Noosa is a beautiful and bountiful place. The dispersal of the Aboriginals was so successful, that it really does seem like Noosa was Terra Nullius. It seems like Aboriginals had never existed around here.