This is Palm Island by Bill Rosser.  An account of what life on Palm Island was like in 1974. Written by a part-Aboriginal who visited the Island for a few months.  The injustices are pretty shocking. Brief glimpses into Aboriginal politics of the time are fairly interesting. Canberra : Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, 1978 91 p. ; 22 cm.

Return to Palm Island by Bill Rosser In 1976, Bill Rosser visited friends on Palm Island and was shocked at the restrictions. The manager determined where Aboriginal people could live, whom they could marry, where they could travel and when, and even what they wore when swimming.

In the 1980s, Rosser went back to Palm Island and this book is an account of his experiences and the changes he saw in both the people and the place. He introduces readers to the island by telling their stories with humour, affection and respect as well as frankly discussing social issues such as alcohol abuse and domestic violence in the framework of poverty, prejudice and island politics.  Bill Rosser is an award-winning author and Aboriginal historian.

  1. Palm Island : the illustrated story of a beautiful Pacific isle by F.A. Krause s.l. : s.n. , [1946-60?]  1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 15 cm.  A photographic booklet with small descriptions of information. Mostly an advertisement of the time organised by the Native Social and Welfare Association.   Images consist of view of :- Palm Island from a nearby hill top; an Aboriginal man starting a fire in front of a gunyah; The woven houses associated with Torres Strait Islander construction; Galvanised iron sheets houses; Fibro-cement houses; timber houses on stilts; Doctor residence overlooking Fantome Island in the background; street scene of cottages; A road full of Palm trees leading from the beach to the Administrative building; house-wife sitting at table in front of her house with hand operated sewing machine; woman making baskets from pandanus plant; Dugong and turtle caught as food supply for Palm Island; Social & Welfare Association 1946; Dairy herd grazing near the sports reserve; Children sports day when basketball match in progress; Corroboree dancers in body paint and head dress; Boy scouts making model bridges; Scout camp showing camp kitchen; the building of a dray which is to be used for work at Palm Island; Child sitting in a large clam shells; two children born on the same day and meeting twelve months later, one an Aboriginal from Palm Island the other white.

  1. Palm Island Select Committee : report / Legislative Assembly of Queensland Introduction: Committee; Palm Island; Events preceding the Committee’s establishment: November 2004 riot, government action since November 2004; The Committee’s review process — Key issues arising from consultation — Governance: background, relevant legislation, governance issues, the current Council — Leadership and governance capacity: support and assistance, financial accountability and reporting — Service delivery — revenue sources — Other relevant issues — Land, housing and infrastructure: Background: current tenure arrangement, native title considerations, land tenure reform at the federal level, current review of the Aboriginal Land Act 1991 — Tenure rationalisation; Land use planning; Leases for government infrastructure and accommodation; The need for ILUAs; Government leasing arrangements generally; Formalisation and registration of leases; Housing; Home ownership — Issues relating to young people: education and training development; Employment and economic development — Leadership development — Sport and recreational activities — Community and cultural enhancement — Transport — Health — Law and order — Child safety — Alcohol and drug use — Incentives for government employees Queensland. Legislative Assembly. Parliamentary Service   Brisbane, Qld. : [Legislative Assembly of Queensland], 2005 104 p. : 1 col. ill. ; 30 cm.

  1. Palm Island original songs composed by Bwgcolman Community School ; [booklet preparation and music notation, Linda Ashton, Education and Arts Advisor, Northern Region] “This book of original songs with accompanying audiotape was produced as part of the Bwycolman Community School’s 1992 cultural program”  Bwgcolman School song — Home — Music club –Wallaby Point — Reece’s lullaby — Island lullaby — Sing Palm Island — Jetty song — Water song — Peena’s return –Song of the Indigenous Clans — Bamboo Creek song — Roo Roo Roo.[Townsville, Qld. : Townsville & District Education Centre, 1992] [28] p. : ill., music ; 30 cm. + 1 sound cassette.

  1. Stories from Palm Island by Bill Congoo.  The Tall Man is the story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell. It is the story of that policeman, the tall, enigmatic Christopher Hurley who chose to work in some of the toughest and wildest places in Australia, and of the struggle to bring him to trial. Above all, it is a story in luminous detail of two worlds clashing – and a haunting moral puzzle that no reader will forget. 

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  1. The story of the big snake — The rocks at Doctors Point — Barracutta (the big fish) — The two sisters – how the water came — Mosquito Rock — Captain Cook — The story of Turtle Rock — Palm Island bark painting – Townsville takeover.  Townsville, Qld. : Townsville Cultural Association in conjunction with the Aboriginal Arts Board, Australia Council and the North Queensland Black Publishing Company, 1981  [20] p. : ill. (some col.), port. ; 30 cm.

  1. The day Palm Island fought back : the strike of 1957 / written and illustrated by Dulcie Polowea Isaro  Dulcie grew up under ‘The Act’. She was a fifteen year old girl in 1957, when her home of Palm Island in North Queensland was disturbed by a strike. On that day, her family’s life changed forever, as Dulcie records in words and pictures.

This book featured people such as :- Isaro, Dulcie, Thaiday family, Geia, Albie, Watson, George, Lymburner, Eric, Congoo, Bill, Congoo, Rose, Sibley, Sonny, Bartlam, Roy Henry, Sibley, Cecilia, Tapau, Gordon, Geia, Esrom, Geia, Albie, Jnr., Lymburner family,  Essential reading for Queensland history. Townsville, Qld. : Black Ink Press, [2012] ©2012  40 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21 cm.

  1. The tall man : death and life on Palm Island by Chloe Hooper. Chloe Hooper captures a common, life-altering moment in the lives of two very different men who share nothing but their age and an island: the white policeman, Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, and the Aboriginal street drinker, Mulrunji Doomadgee. Hooper weaves a gripping and at times heart-wrenching tale in her portrayal of the events leading up to the arrest, eventual death of Mulrunji and the motorcade of social, legal and political battles which follow. The Tall Man remains a relevant and insightful text for Australians to understand the current context of one of Queensland’s darkest cases. Despite the legal developments in the Doomadgee case since the book’s publication, The Tall Man still provides an invaluable factual account of this dark period in the history of both Palm Island and the Queensland Police Force. By setting a detailed background to recent events, the book becomes more relevant as an historical piece of crime reportage. London : Jonathan Cape, 2009  258 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.

  1. Gone for a song : a death in custody on Palm Island by Jeff Waters  Happily drunk and singing, Mulrunji, a popular member of Palm Island’s Aboriginal community, was picked up by the police. Between the paddy wagon and the cells, there was an altercation with the arresting officer, Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley and an hour later Mulrunji was dead, alone in his cell. the autopsy reports sparked riots on the island that left the police station, barracks and court house in ruins. Queensland’s acting State Coroner found that Mulrunji died as a result of the actions of the Senior Sergeant Hurley, who was later at trial acquitted of manslaughter. this death in custody sparked not just the riots on Palm Island but a wave of protest across Queensland with hundreds, even thousands, marching in Brisbane and Townsville. Senior correspondent Jeff Waters brings years of experience in investigative journalism to bear to examine what happened between Mulrunji’s arrest and Senior Sergeant Hurley’s acquittal. Along the way he discovered a problematic investigation and a community still reeling from yet another blow in a long line of injustices which stem from the time that dislocated Aboriginal people were taken to Palm Island from their native lands. Sydney, N.S.W. : ABC Books, c2008 ix, 246 p. : 1 map ; 21 cm.

  1. Review of community justice groups : Kowanyama, Palm Island, Pormpuraaw by  Glenys Bimrose, John Adams Although having no statutory authority in Australian law, the community justice groups are working through traditional structures and there is a predominant view that the justice groups are having a positive impact in the community and on government service delivery Thuringowa Central, Qld. : Yalga-Binbi Institute for Community Development, 1995  68 p. : col ill., ports. ; 30 cm.

  1. Records guide: a guide to Queensland government records relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples / … joint project by the Queensland State Archives and the Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs. Includes: Acknowledgments — Special introduction — Administrative history — Records created by: Office of the Southern Protector of Aboriginals 1898-1904 ; Office of the Northern Protector of Aboriginals 1898-1904 ; Office of the Chief Protector of Aboriginals 1904-1939 ; Office of the director of native affairs 1939-1966 ; Department of Aboriginal and Island Affairs 1966-1975 ; Department of Aboriginal and Islander Advancement 1975-1984 ; Department of Community Services 1984-1987 ; Department of Community Services and Ethnic Affairs 1987-1989 — Appendices: 1. List of correspondence files maintained by the Chief Protector of Aboriginals and the Director of Native Affairs, 1901-1944 ; 2. Photographs ; 3. Other sources of information in Queensland — Index — Abbreviations. [Brisbane, Qld.] : Queensland State Archives : Dept. of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, <1994>-

  1. The art of free travel : a frugal family adventure by Jones, Patrick, 1970- Patrick, Meg and their family had built a happy, sustainable life in regional Victoria. But in late 2013, they found themselves craving an adventure close to the hearts of many Australians: a road trip. But this was a road trip with a difference. With Zephyr (10), Woody (1) and their Jack Russell Zero, they set off on an epic 6,000km year-long cycling journey along Australia’s east coast, from Daylesford to Cape York and back. Their aim was to live as cheaply as possible – guerrilla camping, hunting, foraging and bartering their permaculture skills, and living on a diet of free food, bush tucker, and the occasional fresh road kill. They joined an anti-fracking blockade, spent time in Aboriginal communities, documented edible plants along the way, and braved the country’s most hazardous highways. The Art of Free Travel is the remarkable story of a rule-breaking year of ethical Sydney, NSW : New South Publishing, 2015  © 2015  256 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, maps, colour portraits ; 21 cm

  1. Wulguru : a salvage study of a north-eastern Australian language from Townsville BY Mark Donohue Discusses the scarcity of recordings of the language; Palm Island and mainland dialects; previous work and sources of language. Wulguru was a Pama-Nyungan language typical of the sort found on the northeast coast of Australia; it ceased to be spoken before it was properly documented. Wulguru was spoken in the area around present day Townsville, and also on the islands extending out to Palm Island. The sketch that is presented here has been assembled from the available data, based mainly on a journal kept by Charles Price, a resident of Townsville in the late 19th century; the current work is as complete a record as we are likely to have. Wulguru had a vowel-length distinction; as a result of initial consonant loss, vowels could begin words; further, there were monosyllabic words. Wulguru marked syntactic relations by means of case marking; the ergative showed allomorphy based on syllable count as well as final consonant identity. There were at least three different verbal conjugations, possibly as many as five or six. Verbal agreement was optional, though this might represent second position clitics. The only textual material consists of a few short phrases, as well as the transcription of some songs, and the main text that we have for Wulguru, a translation of The Lord’s Prayer. It becomes apparent (after back-translation) that it was not Price himself who assembled the prayer translation, but probably a Wulguru speaker who makes a secret cry against the white invasion of the area.; phonology; morphology; syntax; texts; English – Wulguru word list. München : Lincom, 2007  v, 67 p. : 2 maps ; 21 cm.

  1. Show schedule : Palm Island Aboriginal Settlement annual show 24th & 25th July, 1950 [Townsville : Palm Island Show], 1950  40 p. : ill., 1 map ; 22 cm. [State Library hold issues 29 July 1946; 22 July 1955; 20 July 1956; 20 Sept 1957; 5 Sept 1958; 11-12 Sept 1959; 9-10 Sept 1960 ; 19 Aug 1966; 1 Sept 1967]

  1. Palm Island New.  A magazine that has information on life on Palm Island, the best information in this magazine is the names of people arriving and leaving Palm Island. 2 Jan 1948-30 Dec 1955. Brisbane, Qld., [State Library holdings commence on the 9th January 1948 and end on the 26th August 1966. Microform Reels (MFS/B 0624) – January 1948 to December 1955.  Hard copy booklets (NEWS PAL) – January 1948 to August 1966].

Open Access, Micrographics, level 3 call number:  MFS/B 0624

Holdings: Vol. 2, no. 2 (Jan. 2, 1948) – vol. 9, no. 52 (Dec. 30, 1955). Imperfect

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Newspaper [Original]  (held offsite).

Check delivery times and availability at level 3 desk   NEWS PAL Palm Island news   Locate

Holdings: Jan. 9, 1948- Aug. 26, 1966 

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  1. The Palm Islander – – Prepare now for the day big brother goes away.  Printed by A.B. Services Pty Ltd

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Girls on cover:  Charmaine Thimble; Meresaine Oui; Irene Watson; Alberta Poynter; Cilla Sibley; Priscella Summers

A Community newspaper for Palm Island Some really great photographs (example below) are in this magazine with names attached. And Community Notices which provide information such as Volume 2; Number 6 1978. Inkeman, marrisa Jane; born 7/2/78, (T.G.H.) to Gregory and Norrine (nee Baira).  Tanner, Christine Jennifer; born 8/2/78, Palm Island to Vera Roberson and Ramsey Tanner.

The welcoming of three new nurses to the hospital. St. Vanerhaven, St McPherson and Nurse O’Neill to replace St. Chisolm, St. Douglas, and Nurse Prendegast

The Palm Islander Images IMAGE
  Back Row: Keith Bligh; Wayne Chookie; Bevan Snyder; Norman Lymburner; Jukie Baira; Gary Castors; Roy Biara; Tony Wales.   Middle Row: Willie Baira; Ken Bonner; Clarence Wales; Owen Creed; Ralph Baira; John Baira; Barry Wilson; Brian Canuto.   Bottom Row: Bruce Waldon; Kenny Watson; Michael Seaton; Jacob Baira Snr.; Alan Banning; Alan Nugent.    
Left to right: A. White, Lyle Johnson, Sherrine Mallamoo, Chris George, Miss Goulash, Joy Row-Row, Jim Daisy.l  
  1. Cummins and Campbell Magazine:  Vol. IV. No. 19. November 1928 (page: 35)

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                                                                                        Palm Island Football Team

Wondai, the famous Aboriginal Referee being presented with a Referee’s Outfit by the Members of the Townsville Referees’ Association. Wondai himself, in full Regalia (referee outfit)

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  1. Police Records & Gazettes

Includes supplements. Reel 11 contains supplements only Sept. 11, 1897 – Nov. 2, 1907. 
Reproduction of original pub.: Brisbane : Police Dept..  Police Gazettes can provide information and images of Aboriginal people as demonstrated in the below images

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  1. Palm Island State School history, 1918-1988 / by Alan Rossiter. Staff, student activities, school and Government policies.   A Brief look at the origin of Palm Island, as an Aboriginal Settlement.  Then a chronological progression of Palm Island State School based Education System to 1988 in regard to Staff and pupil enrolments, Education curriculum and innovations, extra-curricular activities (sport, excursions), community school education interests, Parent and Citizen associations, Post School pupils achievements and 1988 curriculum/ Syllabus/ Administration .

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  1. Palm Island Aboriginal Settlement

(Hardcopy) 7 volumes.

  1. Smoke Signals [Smoke Signal (Palm Island, Qld)] Editor: Fred Clay; wwiters: Bill Rosser and Len Malone. 

[Palm Island] (Hardcopy) – 2 volumes.

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  1. Black Knights  / written, printed and published by Bill Rosser

(Hardcopy) – 2 volumes.

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