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Queensland Locals

04.30.2009 · Posted in Home and Garden Articles

Queensland has the countrys second largest indigenous population (126,000),focused in Brisbane but with large populations around the north .Indigenous people of many tribes inhabited the area encompassing Queensland for tens of thousands of years before European settlement .By the turn of the 19th century ,the Aborigines who had survived the ****** settlement of Queensland had been run off their lands and the white Australians had set up ever-shrinking reserves to contain the survivors .Today Murri is the term used to refer to the Indigenous people of Queensland.nnThe discovery of gold in the Hodgkinson River in 1877 changed everything for the tribes around the area which are believed to have inhabited the rainforest for more than 9000 years. Violent clashes between the indigenous people and the European settlers often caused fatalities. European authorities at the time rounded up Aboriginal groups removing them from their traditional homelands and way of life and placing them in missions.nnIn 1897 the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of ***** Act was introduced. This was intended to preserve and protect indigenous people .However, like many attempts to rescue indigenous people during this time, legislation served only to reduce the human value of the Aboriginal people. They were not given citizenship rights until 1901 nor were they counted in the census and only in 1967 were they finally given the right to vote. nnIn Aboriginal culture, the natural world around the people was understood to be linked closely to them ” for example if an unseasonable weather pattern emerged this could be seen as a consequence for human action. The rainforest was often described in human terms. Changes to the environment were interpreted as changes occurring to themselves. The rainforest was the source of all food, shelter, resources and other social structures. Traditionally they live in small kinship’s of about 8 to 12 in camps spread along the banks of rivers and creeks. These camps were semi-permanent as the people lived in temporary dome thatched huts which could be easily built and then discarded if weather conditions changed.nnIn recent years the Aboriginal Australians and white Australians have begun to improve living conditions for the natives so that their culture can thrive again.

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