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Ashes still visible at the Old Mapoon mission site burned down by Queensland Police in 1963. IMAGE: John Harrison 2016.

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Pera Head, south of Albatross Bay 1957. IMAGE:  Wolfgang Sievers Collection, National Library of Australia. 

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Artists from the Wik and Kugu Art Centre, Aurukun, at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2019. IMAGE: John Harrison.

Mapoon

This publication tells the story of the Mapoon community from its foundation in 1891 to 1919, when the first missionaries at Mapoon retired. 

Mapoon

Weipa

This publication is a thumbnail history of Weipa from its foundation in 1898, to the centenary of its foundation in 1998. This publication was commissioned by the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, the Indigenous arm of the Uniting Church in Australia.

Massive social, economic and environmental change came to Weipa from 1955 with the discovery of bauxite, the decision of Conzinc Rio Tinto to mine and export Weipa Bauxite. That transformation was captured by professional photographer Wolfgang Sievers between 1957 and 1971. This publication records and recognises Sievers’ work.

Massive social, economic and environmental change came to Weipa from 1955 with the discovery of bauxite, the decision of Conzinc Rio Tinto to mine and export Weipa Bauxite. That transformation was captured by professional photographer Wolfgang Sievers between 1957 and 1957. This publication records and recognises Sievers’ work.

Weipa

Established in 1904, Aurukun experienced a settled existence from 1925 to 1965 under mission superintendent Bill MacKenzie. The emerging outstation movement at Aurukun, and the wider social movements affecting Australian society late 1960s saw Aurukun in transition. Some of that transition has been captured in the photographs of Neil McGarvie who lived and worked at Aurukun from 1964 to 1970.

Frightened by Aboriginal aspirations of self-determination, which were supported by the mission authorities in the post-MacKenzie era, in 1978 Queensland’s Bjelke-Petersen government replaced the mission regime with one of local government, over which they had direct control. This takeover is documented here in some of the newspaper clips of the time.

Aurukun
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