North Stradbroke Island, or Minjerribah as the Quandamooka people, the Island’s Traditional Owners call it, has a rich history of welcoming guests. A joint research project between Straddie Camping and North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum will examine the way in which the Quandamooka people interacted with Aboriginal people from other places, as well as the way in which they hosted the first European visitors.
The Research Project, with the theme of “Reviving the quintessential North Stradbroke Island beach holiday experience - the History of Being Hosted on North Stradbroke Island”, will consider the long history of people visiting the Island and being hosted, in a place that is highly valued by the Aboriginal and Island resident community.
Straddie Camping views this Research Project as an innovative way to fulfill Minjerribah Camping’s vision, mission, and goals more effectively, whilst continuously improving the quality of island camping holidays.
The research is being conducted under Federal Government tourism funding as part of a TQual grant.
The Project will consider the experiences of being hosted within each of the three townships, and on the beaches. Specifically:
- the interactions of the Quandamooka people with visiting groups of Aboriginal people from other places;
- the ways the Quandamooka people “hosted” early European visitors, including Pamphlett, Parson and Finnegan, and Matthew Flinders;
- the 20th century experiences of people being hosted on their beach holidays, as campers but also in other forms of accommodation, and;
- the contemporary experience of being hosted by Straddie Camping.
The Project will consist of:
- archival research – newspapers, ephemera, and document research, from the NSIHM collection, State Archives, SLQ, RHSQ collection etc.;
- locating images – from the NSIHM collection, other collection institutions, the Island community and Straddie Camping contacts, and;
- a series of oral histories.