The Drumley Walk is a project of the Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre. The Museum aims to record and promote the traditional knowledge of our region, especially the Yugambeh language, which was spoken throughout south east Queensland.
The Museum also assists Aboriginal youth with employment and training opportunities, and helps community members trace their own family stories. The Museum has a commercial arm that offers cultural competency training and consulting services.
The Museum is managed by the Kombumerri Aboriginal Corporation for Culture, established by Elders in 1984.
From Walk Founder, Rory O’Connor
As a young boy, I remember hearing my mother telling of Uncle Drumley’s visits to her home in Southport. He would walk from her birthplace, Beaudesert. Sometimes he would camp in the mountains.
I remember thinking what an adventure it would be, to walk through country, sit up by a fire, and then continue on to see family and friends. And there were stories of Mogois (scarey spirits) and little people, who lived on the edge of the campfire light.
It was 30 years later before I completed the journey myself. And it was not done as a reconciliation event, a political statement, or an endurance test. It was certainly not done with the thought that it would be repeated.
It was a private show of recognition, to a man who had a profound impact on the jarjums - children - he visited, so many years ago.
Those jarjums are now my Elders. And now, they are going.
I just wanted to show that our generation understood respect.
Rory O’Connor 2012
Billy Drumley was an Aboriginal man, who was born at Nerang and lived in Beaudesert during times of great change for his people. He was an athlete of outstanding ability, excelling in boxing, running and cricket. He was also a strict family leader, who bought land and shared it with his community, and led by example.
He encouraged children to be schooled, and older children to gain employment. His many protégées include Australia’s first Aboriginal Senator, Neville Bonner. Drumley welcomed a very young Neville to live in his home, to ensure that he was schooled.
In his biography Neville attributed his only full year of schooling to the time he lived in "The Lane" as Drumley Street was known at that time.
Drumley was one of many Aboriginal men and women who showed leadership at a time when local Aboriginal communities were in great distress. They were being forcibly removed from their properties to make way for agricultural and farming interests, in line with the government policies of the day.
It is thanks to men and women of this era, who fought to stay in living on their lands, that our current Aboriginal community can say “we are still here.”
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