Minjungbal Cultural Centre

13 Feb 2012 7:24 AMSusan Guthrie
Minjungbal Cultural Centre

Ian Black of Geo-Nature Walks and Tours describes life in the 1900s of the indigenous people of Tweed Heads. 

 

Towards the end of Kirkwood Rd, South Tweed Heads, you will find the Minjungbal Museum and Culture Centre and the Ukerebagh Nature Reserve (photo 1).

 

In the early 1900’s, the Aboriginals of the Tweed were placed on nearby Ukerebagh Island and mainly left to look after themselves.  However, in 1977 the authorities decided the land could be sold for development and the Aborigines were relocated to the mainland with many settling at Fingal and South Tweed.

 

 

Apart from the museum (photo 2), there is a 30-45 minute walking circuit through the reserve that takes you along mangrove boardwalks and through natural bushland and past a surviving Bora Ring where initiation ceremonies were held in the past (photo 3).

 

 

Local Aboriginal lady Margret Kay was instrumental in the preservation of the Bora Ring and started a small museum filled with local artefacts at the front of her house. Due to her efforts, in 1961 the Tweed Council formally recognised the significance of the area and the Bora Ring and 125 Hectares of surrounding bushland was reserved for preservation of Aboriginal Relics.

 

 

Many plants used by the early Aborigines, like the native ginger (photo 4) can be seen along the track.

 

Join Ian Black for an informative guided walking tour on the Gold Coast with Geo-Nature Walks and Tours.