Cultural Diversity in Deception Bay, Indigenous Australians and South Sea Islanders

Cultural Diversity Deception Bay

Deception Bay is a culturally diverse region. The Gubbi Gubbi people had camped along the foreshore area for many thousands of years while they harvested the natural bounty of the land and ocean.

John Uniacke, as a member of Oxley’s expedition in 1823, observed the women weaving a net or basket from rushes, used to carry fish or any other useful found objects. He also described larger nets used for fishing, made from the abundant Green Kurrajong, as being ‘ difficult to distinguish from nets made of hemp’. Even bigger nets from the Green Kurrajong were used to catch kangaroos.


Also called the Native Rosella, or Native or Queensland Sorrel, the fiber was used to make nets, and the young shoots, leaves and roots were eaten raw, while the flowers (buds) were eaten raw or cooked. In colonial times the buds were made into Rosella jam which continues today.

Preparing the Bungwall

By 1897 most of the Gubbi Gubbi,along with the rest of the Queensland indigenous population, were forcibly removed after the passing of The Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897.

Today, this spot is the venue for testimony on the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait lslander Day of Commemoration (NAIDOC).

Deception Bay is also home to people of many nationalities from the Pacific Islands, Indigenous Australians from other areas, as well as people from the British Isles, Europe, New Zealand, New Guinea and Asia.

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