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Palm Island Centenary Events Launch
This year is an important year for Palm Island residents as it celebrates 100 years since the first placement of people on the island in 1918.
The North Queensland community will share their culture through 3 major public centenary events. The planned events will celebrate the past, present and future and reflect on the community’s struggles and triumphs since 1918.
The first event was an official launch attended by community and political leaders on Wednesday 7 February 2018.
The Mayor of Palm Island Alf Lacey said the centenary was a chance for locals to recognise the ‘blood, sweat and tears’ of the Elders who built the community.
Palm Island Elder Magdalena Blackley (nee Geia) said the centenary commemorations were an important acknowledgement of the ‘resilience and strength’ of the Bwgcolman people who were sent to the island on a barge in 1918.
The name Bwgcolman was chosen by the group because it meant people of ‘many tribes as one’.
For more information on the events celebrating the centenary, visit Palm Island Centenary 2018.