Jandai Language Map of Minjerriba

Quandamooka Language Map

Scientific evidence indicates that Quandamooka country has at least 20,000 years of Aboriginal history and less than 200 years of non-Aboriginal history. Yet, colonisation replaced most of the names that Aboriginal people used for places.

As a first step in reclaiming local place names, the Museum researched and produced a beautiful map showing the Jandai language words for various locations around the Island. The map is prominently displayed in the entrance of the Museum.

The map is the product of many months of research and consultation with Quandamooka families.  It is also due to staff and volunteers from the Island and Museum having the opportunity of attending the State Library of Queensland’s Indigenous Language Research Workshops and the access to resources provided by Desmond Crump, the SLQ’s Indigenous Languages Coordinator.  A bequest from the family of Aunty Colleen Costello has enabled the production of the map.

You can download a copy of the map here. Please feel free to print the map and share (for non-commercial purposes only.)

Retrieved from https://www.stradbrokemuseum.com.au/map August 26, 2018

Wetland Wanderer

Wetland Wandere aims to inspire engagement with the environmental, cultural and aesthetic values of wetlands.

Drone footage and audio taken from “lacustrine wetlands or lakes, palustrine wetlands or swamps, and estuarine wetlands or mangroves and marsh”, in Queensland make for an extraordinary aesthetic experience.

Quandamooka Man Joshua Walker audio recording is remarkable http://wetlandwander.net/portfolio/joshua-walker/

Virtual Oceans

Long discussion has happened on Minjerribah about a learning centre, part of the Economic Transition Strategy away from mining set to end in 2019. Talk in the community is that QYAC Native Title Corporation is likely to build a Whale Learning Centre up at Point Lookout on the old tennis courts. Other than the skeletal remains of a hump back whale, the centre is likely to host information about oceans.

Ocean Ark Alliance is an island based entity concerned with deep water cinematography and capturing the world endangered ocean life.

August 12, 2018 Ocean Ark Alliance and Jo Kaspari shared insights into what is going on with the digital depiction of underwater realms in public places across the globe.

Plankton Productions Pty Ltd is an Australian based specialist media production & services company creating & contributing to a wide range of screen projects from Feature Films, TV Documentary, Education to Marine Video Art and Displays.

Of virtual oceans Plankton Productions states

“Ocean covers more than 70% of our planet.

Australias coastline stretches 35,000 km, one the longest of any country in the world, and to the north lie many 1000’s of islands and reefs in the area known as The Coral Triangle … No other area on earth hosts as many marine environments and associated species ranging from tropical to temperate as our region …Nature and life itself happen in ‘real time’ in a natural ebb and flow and literally endless variety in moods and countless magical moments, brought to the screen it becomes a Virtual Ocean”.

Innovations in digital depictions of ocean habitats are happening with entities such The Cube –   $3.5 million dollar installation at Garden’s Point, QUT and iCinema.unsw.edu.au or iDome at the Edith Cowan University

On the east coast of Australian aquariums exist at a number of locations namely;



Underwaterworld.com.au (Sunshine Coast)

Reefhq.com.au (Great Barrier Reef aquarium, Townsville)


Wednesday, March 16, 2016, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk  made announcements of a World-class $100 million aquarium for South Bank. In 2018 she revoked this decision at about the same time as Treasurer Jackie Trade handed over $11 000 000 to QYAC, on world environment day. Jackie Trad said the funding was on top of $20 million allocated to the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy in 2016.

Reef virtual realities are indeed a way for people to experience reefs without destroying them. But innovative technologies become quickly antiquated.

Large scale and immersive projections of reef can be a more economical way to share reefs beauty as with Yadegar Asis’s 2015 exhibit at the Asisi Panometer ini Germany with a 1:1 scale installation of the Great Barrier Reef projected on cloth strips.

Perhaps the most innovative depiction of natural phenomena indoors happens in the hands of artists as with the exhibition entitled ‘Rain Room’ which was created by Hannes Koch, Florian Ortkrass and Stuart Wood, three contemporary artists and graduates from the Royal College of Art in London, or Swedish DJ and Artist Eric Prydz Holographic live works in concert in June 2018.

If minimising capital outlays and maximising likes and shares in situ on digital platforms count for anything, holographic innovation is the way to go.

Asylum Ward Replica, North Stradbroke Island Museum on Minjerriba

The North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum was officially opened on 22 October 1988 by the Sixth Earl of Stradbroke and Countess Rosie at Point Lookout Hall. It is now housed in a combination of original and replica Benevolent Asylum buildings.The main Museum building: the front section was built by mineral sand mining company CRL using materials from a dismantled Benevolent Asylum ward and housed two flats for the company’s employees. When the mining company no longer needed the building, the Museum committee, then in a cramped annex to the Point Lookout Public Hall, proposed it be moved to Point Lookout. When relocation proved impossible, the Museum moved itself from Point Lookout to the building instead. The back section, designed by architect Chris Hills, was built in 2005-06.The replica foul ward, housing photos and artefacts from the Benevolent Asylum, was built with the help of a Centenary of Federation Grant in 1998-99.

Retrieved from https://stradbrokeisland.com/straddie/island-community/north-stradbroke-island-historical-museum August 10, 2018