The Boonthamurra (Punthamarra) land claim has been refused registration on the grounds that most Punthamarra people don’t live in their traditional country. It’s worth noting why most Punthamarra and Wangkumarra (and indeed, many other Western Queensland Aboriginal groups) are mostly located away from their country these days. It’s because in about 1932* the Queensland Protector of Aborigines sent some cattle trucks to the stations in the area and trucked the women and children 700+km east to Palm Island, Cherbourg and Woorabinda (deliberately splitting families). This was timed to occur during a time when most of the men would be away from the station houses with cattle. The men followed on foot when they found out what had happened.
*I can’t look up the date here.
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