For travellers it means
fishing, camping and restricted alcohol, but in many ways it is not like any Aboriginal
Firstly, it is the
oldest one in Queensland.
Cooktown may have been Australia's 'first white settlement', but it was
here as the first
contact between Aboriginals and Europeans happened, more
than 150 years before Cook was around.
And secondly, it is
the site of the
infamous forcible removal of Mapoon people, 50 years later
(2013) they officially opened the historical site so you can learn
about it all.
The place is in the end of the main road north from Weipa.
As you enter the community along the main street there are the general store,
... the Aboriginal shire
... and a cultural centre.
West of the community is the Back
... Janie Creek,
.. and a sandy drive to the old Turtle
East is Cullen Point,
... a popular place to camp and fish.
And in the middle, right
at the beachfront in the end of the main street, is the sign that used
to be at the community entrance along the main road.
"Welcome to Old Mapoon" suits a lot better here, because this is exactly where the Old Mapoon was.
On the beautiful beach where there is a memorial now, was the old Mapoon Mission Station.
You can see the exact sites and the little that is left from the
mission house, the
J. G. Ward Memorial Church, a school, boys' and girls' dormitories, a
dispensary and a hospital, a store, a butchery, gardens and wells.
In 1963 when a lot of the areas around Weipa became mining lease,
the community was
forcibly moved to what is now New
later people started moving back, but the old buildings were destroyed
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