Kgu'lulu - Lands of Mystery
There are many mysteries in this ancient land of Australia and the great holes of Kgululu are one of those. In the mythical legend of Gympie and its yellow stones, we are told that there were once ten great lakes joined together to form a great waterway stretching from Noosa in the south to Tin Can Bay (or Maryborough) in the north and westwards towards the City of Gympie today. Only six of these ancient lakes exist today Lakes Poona, Coolamara, Como, Cooloola, Cootharaba and Cooroiba.
Geological information available today confirms that the Cooloola National Park region east of Gympie was at one time, a great system of lakes stretching to the north and south as claimed by the legend. Evidence of those unique lakes is still visible particularly from aerial views and new map productions of the region those in the north are solely comprised of fresh water while those closer to the Noosa region are of salt composition. These remaining lake systems form ecological habitats for flora, fauna, fish, crustaceans, and sea bird colonies along the Noosa River.
These coastal wetlands and range-forest areas extended from east of Gympie City to Fraser's Island, Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point, Noosa and inland to the coastal ranges at the source of both the Noosa and Mary Rivers and their tributaries. To the north of these coastal lands lay the traditional territories of the Bat'ja: Batjala peoples from Maryborough and Frasers Island who had a different language dialect and versions of cultural belief to that of the Kabi peoples.
The great lake systems and waterways were once part of a land region the original natives referred to in their folkloric legends as the mysterious land of Dhamuri. This was a land of strange peoples, strange constructions and places where strangers from over the sky appeared. The land of Dhamuri stretched inland as far as the City of Gympie today.
As far as it can be established, the only known European pioneer recordings list the original ten Kabi clans occupying the lands east of Gympie towards the Cooloola National Park-Tin Can Bay-Noosa-Nambour regions as the Dhunga'bira Spear Fishermen of the Kauri Creek-Tin Can Bay Straits region; the Dhulin'gi Shell peoples of the Tin Can Bay northern inlet region; the Dham'buri/'bari Shellfish peoples of Rainbow Beach and southern Frasers Island region; the Dha'kgulu Swan peoples of the Double Island Point region; the Dhu'mirri Trap Hunters of the upper Noosa River region; the Dhu'pirri Net Makers/Fishermen of the Teewah-North Shore region near Noosa; the Dhi'lumi whispering people (Negritos) of the Kin Kin hinterland range regions; the Dhi'langi Clay Makers of the Pomona-Cooroy region; the Dhim'bari Drum Makers of the Tewantin-Noosa-Weiba region; and the Dhu'danga Canoe peoples of the Eumundi-Yandina-Nambour-Maroochy region.
In these new lands of Kgululu, the Kabi speaking peoples told many stories of their daily life and hazards of existence in their territorial lands north, south and west. The following is a graphic extract of an incident at Fraser's Island recorded by one pioneer in July 1862.
Another extract reports cannibalism.
This extract refers to an ancient wreck.
There are many other strange native references to ancients, their
crafts, and their activities throughout the Kgu'lu'lu lands - and of what became of them
including those who came from over the waters wearing yellow stones from their ears
and around their neck (a reference to the strange Dhakgulu clan from the
Double Island Point region claimed to have been massacred for their gold jewellery
by the timber cutters). Stories of great feastings, strange smoking rituals
and mysterious ceremonies were commonplace in their ancient folklore.
From available localised records, it appears that all members of the
clans north of Noosa were gone in total by c.1885 - the timber cutters, native police and
some landholders had ensured many of the clans went into extinction. There are no known
records of genuine descendents but a short list of last known members for each clan still
exists including dates of their deaths, by whom and from what causes.
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