A walk to remember


Cultural educator Danny Guthala Doyle playing the didgeridoo in Reddacliff Place during last year’s walk.

BRISBANE residents are being encouraged to discover their city’s past and join the annual Reconciliation Walk next week.

Reconciliation Queensland’s Aunty Heather Castledine said the free event, which recognises the boundaries of exclusion enforced on indigenous people from the settlement of Brisbane, was an opportunity to remember and discover.

“Don’t keep history a mystery is the theme for National Reconciliation Week and this year we encourage Brisbane residents to take the opportunity to discover more about their city’s past,” Aunty Heather said.

“Local elders will join us on the walk and will recount stories handed down from generation to generation.”

In Aboriginal History at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Site, historian Dr Ros Kidd said travellers “of the time recounted how the mounted troopers used to ride cracking stock whips to notify the Aboriginals to get out”.

The Reconciliation walk journeys from Boundary Street, Spring Hill to Boundary Street, West End, marking the city limits that were enforced at twilight.

Aunty Heather said “although Aboriginal people were allowed to enter the city during the day, that had to exit it by 4pm Monday to Saturday, and were barred entry entirely on Sundays”.

The police escorted walk on June 16 begins at St James College, Spring Hill at 1pm for registration and proceeds to Boundary Street in South Brisbane. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/