The showcase is both a commemoration and celebration, with the 2018 centenary providing a unique opportunity to reflect on the past through retelling and sharing stories of endurance, resilience and self-determination. The showcase and associated public programs allows Palm Island stories and truths to be shared with the broader Queensland community and visitors from far and wide. Journeys through the difficult and complex history from the establishment of the Palm Island Reserve under the ‘Protection Act’, the opening of Fantome Island as a lazaret, the establishment of the dormitories, and the strike of 1957.
Read more about Community History, Queensland Legislation and the Protection Act
Explore the importance of keeping culture alive to the Bwgcolman people, through dance, language and how football, boxing and netball have become extremely popular sports and a source of community connectedness. Contemporary Palm Island culture is highlighted, focusing on the community events held throughout 2018, including the Deadly Didge ‘n Dance Festival. Tributes and acknowledgement are paid to important Palm Island figures who have contributed significantly to improving life and conditions on the island, including Alf Palmer, Iris Clay and Harry Johnson.