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