A Shared History of Beaudesert and the arrival of South Sea Islanders 150 years ago: August 1863 – August 2013.
A community commemoration was held at the original Townsvale Plantation (now Gleneagle) 24th August 2013 the date 150 years ago when South Sea Islanders were first bought to Queensland under a system of indentured labour. They were bought to work the cotton plantation of Robert Towns.
This is Our Story was an historic event with Australian South Sea Islanders, Vanuatu Chiefs, descendants of the Walker Family and current landowners walking together down Walker Road to be met by Mununjali elders and community and seeking permission to walk on country.
There followed a community picnic with official commemoration ceremony, traditional Mununjali dance, Kustom dance, choral performances, music, workshops, market stalls, picnic games, historical displays, arts activities, yarning circle and elders tent.
This day made history: a community walking together in grace.
You can see a short video of the event at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMFUi5hkUvY&feature=youtu.be