Alderley Aboriginal Camp

Stage Number: MBNH.08.04.01

Group: Northern

Local Study Area: Alderley-Newmarket

Epoch: Early 19th Century

Street Address: Alderley Railway Station site, and \"swamps nearby\" probably towards Grinstead Park

Latitude & Longitude: -27.41683333,153.00127778

Time Link: 1823

Map Link: 1865

Image Time Point: 1865

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The central Enoggera Aboriginal Camp – first day’s stop for Aboriginal groups from the Moreton region in their tri-annual trek to the bunya festival (Maleny). It was much frequented on account of its clear streams and easy access to diverse and rich hunting, fishing and plant-gathering areas (the Enoggera Hills, the rainforests near Newmarket, the many wooded creeks and swamps) . This was a popular Camp for arranging Corroborees, often visited by Europeans, as it sat along major travel routes and was a favoured picnicing area. It survived up until 1901, by the 1890s becoming an important depot for the annual distribution of blankets to hundreds of Aboriginals on the Queen’s Birthday. Major headmen such as Kerwalli (King Sandy), Menvil Wamarun (Jackie Delaney), King Johnny Boat and resistance leader Jackey Jackey are recorded stayed here. Into the 1910s, both Europeans and Aboriginals often Camped in the extensive paddocks between this site and Kedron Brook, especially if enlisting or involved with the adjacent Enoggera Military Barracks.


Ray Kerkhove, 2015, Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane (Salisbury: Boolarong), 69.

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Map References

QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 1 chain to the inch. Plan of subdivision of section 30 City of Brisbane. 1 chain to an inch. Surveyor General’s Office, Brisbane.(quarter-size). 634488