Myora (Missions): As told by Aunty Margaret

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Images, objects and stories about the Myora Mission are found within Dandiiri Maiwar at Queensland Museum South Bank.

Transcript

I’m Aunty Marg. I lived at the Myora Mission and grew up there until it was closed in 1941.

My Aboriginal culture is vast, and I have had the opportunity of knowing two old Grannies, Dungoo and Alison, whose knowledge was passed down to me. I am grateful to these two old ladies, who have taught me so much about the animals, sea creatures and plants.

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Prior to the establishment of the Myora Mission in 1892, the area of coastline adjoining Moreton Bay including Dunwich and Myora, was an important meeting place for Aboriginal people. The tribes we know of were Nunukul, Ngughi and Goenpul, with many descendants still here today. Many tribes would come from afar to barter for the rich abundance of marine resources (dugong yungan, turtle boo yia, shellfish and fish) and bush tucker.

Mission days (1891 – 1941) saw the introduction of exotic fruit trees and plants. Some material remnants of the mission are still present on the block today and include five large old mango trees, a large bush lemon tree and cypress fence posts.

Many older residents including myself remember the mission from the 1920’s and 30’s onwards. The life was very frugal, and we lived under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent and his daughter who was the schoolteacher.

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