BECOMING BWGCOLMAN   9 - 11 March  

The commemoration of the island’s Past will provide an opportunity to reflect on the past 100 years on Palm Island. We will share a story of endurance and resilience of the Bwgcolman (said 'Bwook-a-man' and variously translated to 'many tribes, one mob')  people who have lived and died on Palm Island, and whose ancestors were deported there from all over Queensland, following its inception as a penitentiary.

Dates chosen for the event coincide with a cyclone that hit the Hull River Aboriginal Settlement (10 March 1918) triggering the first forced placement of people on Great Palm Island. 

PROGRAM

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are warned that the event program may contain images or voices of deceased persons which may cause sadness or distress

FRIDAY 9 MARCH, FRED CLAY PARK

11.00AM - 1.00PM  St Michael's School history exhibition @ St Michael's Catholic School

5.00PM   Unofficial opening

5.15PM    Community open mic session - All performers welcome, come and put your name on the blackboard. This is your opportunity to shine!!

6.00PM   Community BBQ

SATURDAY 10 MARCH, FRED CLAY PARK 

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10.30AM    Becoming Bwgcolman event featuring

  • Official opening of the Palm Island Centenary 2018 'Past' event featuring
  • Re-enactment of the first arrivals  - A fictional re-enactment of the first forced arrivals on Palm Island by the children of Bwgcolman Community School
  • Official opening of the Becoming Bwgcolman History Exhibition - A new, curated exhibition depicting the everyday and extraordinary of life on Palm Island over the last century 
  • Traditional dance performances - by deadly local talent including Bwgcolman Dancers, Descendants of the Torres Strait Islands, Great Northern Dancers 
  • and more
  • Yarning with elders  - listening and learning from the stories of our elders about life on Palm Island
  • Songs of the past  - by Maggie Walsh, local Palm Islander

and more......

7.00PM   A selection of Palm Island documentaries under the stars (weather permitting) - An open air cinema featuring documentaries and movies about Palm Island and our mob. Bring a picnic blanket, camp chair or pillow.

SUNDAY 11 MARCH, FRED CLAY PARK 

8.00AM    Combined church services

10.30AM  Frances Creek Old Cemetery restoration launch

7.00PM    A selection of Palm Island documentaries under the stars (weather permitting)

MONDAY 12 MARCH, FRED CLAY PARK

7.00PM    A selection of Palm Island documentaries under the stars (weather permitting)

WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH, BWGCOLMAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL

3.00PM - 6.00PM    Culture and history exhibition 

Selected images from the event. Our thanks to everyone who attended.

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