Bindal, Cape Pallarenda, Carpet Python, crocodiles, Gabul, Garabarra, Halifax Bay, Jezzine Barracks, Juru, Kissing Point, mangroves, NQ Dry Tropics, Rowes Bay, Townsville City Council, Traditional Owner, Wulgurukaba
The Wulgurukaba people are the Traditional Owners of Saunders Beach and their communion and contact with the land and sea is told throughout the Townsville region in many places e.g. the paths leading from the Garabarra Entrance at Jezzine Barracks, the Gabul Way that snakes around the cliffs of Magnetic Island and Wulgurukaba Plant Trail here at Saunders Beach.
Over time it will be Saunders Beach History Project’s great pleasure to feature images each of these places. Hope you enjoy them.
Jezzine Barracks redevelopment is a 15 hectares heritage open-space project provided by Townsville City Council and the Queensland and Australian Governments. It is located at Kissing Point area of Townsville.
The Wulgurukaba people and the Bindal people called this area Garabarra.
Further details from Image 3 above: The path hugs Rowes Bay and the headland seen in the image is Cape Palleranda. Around this Cape is Halifax Bay. Saunders Beach lies in the southern part of Halifax Bay.
The Wulgurukaba people and the Bindal people had many uses for plants, from food to twine to a remedy for colds. Some of these uses are featured on elegantly-designed sandstone plinths.
Gavin Kum Sing is the creator of “Belonging” and his artist talk comes from inside the carpet python. The recording is activated by pressing the aluminium disc on the collar, just below the snake’s black head (Image 15).
Some features of Gavin Kum Sing’s talk:
He’s a Bindal-Juru-Wulgurukaba man and his drawing shows the birth of his people, how he sees the way in which his people were born to this country through the snake dreaming.
The shape of the snake clearly outlines the geographical coastline from Cape Palleranda all the way through to Cape Cleveland. The figures on the body of the snake are the figures within him and the figures you see are the birth of his people.
On the ocean side you can see the animals and there are people with them. Barramundi, turtle, crocodile, barracuda and dugong. These people that sit with the animals show strength – his people have totems and they were the guardians of those particular animals. Gavin Kum Sing’s people were seasonal and walked through this country. All the other cross-hatches and etchings within this drawing clearly outline the ocean currents and ocean flows.
Image 17 below tells a story of another artwork that features the Carpet Python.
North Queensland Dry Tropics, 2015, Viewed 23 November 2016.
Engaging Traditional Owners, NQ Dry Tropics Caring for Country Plan 2005.pdf. http://www.nqdrytropics.com.au/projects/strategy-and-partnerships/,
Stephen Newton, n.d., Australian Artist, Viewed 23 November 2016. http://www.visualartist.info/stephennewton/jezzine-barrackskissing-pointgarabarra/big-wind-coming.
Townsville City Council, 2016, Jezzine Barracks, Viewed 23 November 2016. https://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/facilities-and-recreation/parks-beaches-and-community-venues/jezzine-barracks