In November 2004, Mulrunji Doomadgees tragic death triggered civil unrest within the Indigenous community of Palm Island. This led to the first prosecution of a Queensland police officer in relation to a death in custody.
Despite prolonged media attention, much of it negative and full of stereotypes, few Australians know the turbulent history of Australias Alcatraz, a political prison set up to exile Queenslands troublesome blacks.
In Palm Island, Joanne Watson gives the first substantial history of the island from pre-contact to the present, set against a background of some of the most explosive episodes in Queensland history.
The repressive regimes were under the guise of protectionism. But police control continues, and there is a continuing failure to address the causes of ongoing Indigenous disadvantage.Palm Island, often heart-wrenching and at times uplifting, is a study in the dynamics of power and privilege, and how it is resisted.
Chapter 1 Sorry Time 2004: A Duty to Protect Everyone on the Island 1
Chapter 2 Out from the Big Swag 17
Chapter 3 Kennys Time: From Carpet Snake to Hull River Reserve Country 24
Chapter 4 Currys Time: A State of Constant Apprehension 36
Chapter 5 The 1930 Rampage: As Straight as A Gun Barrel 55
Chapter 6Gribbles Time: Fiscal Restraint 76
Chapter 7 Fantome Island, Phantom Welfare 92
Chapter 8 Bartlams Time: We Couldnt Tolerate Any More, the 1957 Strike 102
Chapter 9 Whistleblowers Time: A Certain Paradise for Certain People 121
Chapter 10 Campaign Time: Heady Days 135
Chapter 11 The Inquest and its Aftermath: Our Day in Court 146
Conclusion Calling Palm Island Home 157