The Secret Paradise Part Two

If you haven’t read our previous post (The Secret Paradise), please pop back and read it first.
We woke up at sunrise Monday morning. “Happy Birthday Baby”.
Breakfast was quick cook oats and a couple of coffees. Today would be full of discoveries and rediscoveries for us.

I should provide you with a bit of history of ‘The Bay’. It has been an important place for the Eastern Kuku Yalanji bama for thousands of years. The Bay is known as Mangkalba in the local language. It is a place of dreaming stories, and was a rich food gathering area, especially ngawaia (turtle).

The first white fella influence in Mangkalba was when William Yale Evans staked a miners homestead lease at the Northern end of the bay in the 1920’s. He lived at Mangkalba until his death in 1987 and is buried near his home site.

In the late sixties, Mangkalba became a place where a few people decided to reject mainstream society and become self sufficient. The majority of the people who settled permanently in the bay lived without government benefits and survived by growing their own food and trading any excess with passing fishing boats or taking it to town to sell at the co-op. By the mid seventies, there was a relatively large population of hippies living in the bay. Some estimates suggest up to three hundred people were living there at one stage.

In 1976, the Queensland Government infamously raided Mangkalba in stormtrooper fashion. Police from the South, backed by members of the armed forces, burned peoples’ homes to the ground, destroyed garden plots and assaulted (sexually and physically) residents of Mangkalba. For some it was a big enough scare to cause them to leave. For a few, it was cause to stay and defy authority.

**Tina here. Brad’s been working on this draft during the weekend, but we’ve been camping out of phone range. Back in town this morning, but he’s at work. So, I’ve decided to upload this part of our adventure now… then I’m going to make a coffee and a completely healthy breakfast of two minute noodles… and then I’ll add yet another episode while I’m doing a much needed load of washing at the laundromat. For right now, a few more pics of the bay. I’m going to cheat and take some photos of the photos on my other camera, so they won’t be great… but such is life, hey?

Our first morning, first view of the beach, view from our camp, the beach again, a pic of the old ‘garden’ area… and ‘I love you Baby’.**

To be continued…

again… ;0)

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4 Comments

  1. Vanessa (Wimmerachic) said,

    June 6, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Again a fantastic journey of words, emotions and laughter. Also I learnt some stuff which is always fantastic..
    Keep up the great work guys I love reading about your journey.
    Thanks, huggggggss n love to you both Tina & Brad xx

    • Tina said,

      June 16, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Thanks heaps Vana. Great to hear from fans like yourself ;0)

  2. twistyman said,

    June 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Happy birthday….
    lol..I missed something in my calendar….

    lave a great day all…look forward to hearing more.

    • Tina said,

      June 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

      You missed something in your calendar? OMG! How?

      Thanks Bob… sorry I’m late to reply Xx


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