New book on Palm Island’s history

The latest inquest into the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee in police custody on Palm Island – now well over five years ago – has concluded.  Once again Mulrunji’s family and the wider community will wait for findings to be published – just as they still await the publication of the report by the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) in the flaws in the Police investigation into the death. 

The proceedings of coronial inquests would be obscure to most of us.  Monique Bond, a former Queensland President of ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) attended the latest hearings and has provided some valuable personal impressions of the proceedings, which you can read at this link.

This is another addition to the growing amount of material into this tragic incident.  I’ve previously written about two valuable books – quite different in style and focus, but equally insightful – which are worth reading: Chloe Hooper’s “The Tall Man” and Jeff Waters’ “Gone for a Song”.

A new book has provide some further useful material, this time into the history of Palm Island from before colonisation to the present day.  It puts the tragedy of Mulrunji’s death into a wider context of extensive historical injustice, disempowerment and disadvantage. 

The book, “Palm Island: Through a Long Lens” is by Brisbane based author, Joanne Watson.  I’ll be interviewing her around 8:15 tomorrow morning (Monday) on my weekly show on independent radio 4ZZZ-FM. Joanne is also speaking at the Avid Reader bookshop in West End this coming Thursday night.

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  1. Hello Andrew and his fans,

    On the subject of history, you may be interested in the following.

    All the best

    The West End Uniting Church and the Progressive Spirituality Network invite you to a lecture and discussion.

    “Aboriginal Sovereignty and the colonisation of South East Queensland – a history of conflict”.

Presented by Dr. Libby Connors.

    Sunday April 11 6.30 pm

    At the West End Uniting Church on the corner of Vulture and Sussex Streets West End.

    More info –

  2. My Mum was born on Palm Island in 1927. I intended to write her story about her early life on Palm Island and her relocation history to the mainland as she remembered it.
    Unfortunately my Mum passed away 11 years ago but I still intend to write what I know about her earlier days. I owe it to my Mum to let her story be told. Is there anybody out there who would be interested in helping me achieve my goal?

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