No ev­i­dence

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS OPINION -

FUR­THER to A Thorn­ton’s let­ter, Septem­ber 15.

I agree en­tirely that the land in ques­tion should be used as a car park.

The claim by Heather Johnston that this was a sa­cred site is not borne out by any ev­i­dence.

My an­ces­tors the Ca­tons, Townsends and Bells ar­rived on Bud­erim in ap­prox­i­mately the 1870s.

I am there­fore a fourth gen­er­a­tion who lived on Bud­erim in my early years. Never from any of those an­ces­tors have I heard of the so-called sa­cred site. This area has al­ways been un­kempt and for the most part over­grown by lan­tana.

I also went to school with and was a friend of the Chillys and Muck­ans who were indige­nous fam­i­lies liv­ing on Bud­erim.

Again, I was never told by them of the ex­is­tence of a sa­cred site.

It is a fact that the Muck­ans lived on a ridge at the back of this area, pos­si­bly 200 me­tres to the south west and ac­cessed from a south east­erly di­rec­tion from Middy’s.

If it had been a sa­cred site then they did noth­ing to pre­serve it.

I only know of three other peo­ple still liv­ing who could have knowl­edge on this sub­ject and they are Lynn Richard­son, Max Non­mus and Keith Guy.

— Ken Chad­wick OAM Mar­coola

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