Tuesday, 16 September 2008
I for Isabella Falls, Indigenous people.
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You'll find Isabella Falls on the Isabella Creek in Queensland about 1580km north-northwest of Brisbane (show me). Isabella Falls is about 184m above sea level.
We estimate that Isabella Falls is between 7.9m and 11m high. This estimate is based on analysis of the topographic profile around the waterfall and may not be an accurate figure for the total fall of water seen if viewing the falls.
The nearest populated place is the village of Hope Vale which is 12km away with a population of around 750 indigenous people.
Hope Vale is the Aboriginal community, where my daughter’s in- laws live. Her ex- husband lives there too.
Hopevale, (or Hope Vale), Queensland, Australia is a community of indigenous people on Cape York Peninsula about 46 km west of Cooktown, and about 10 km off the Battlecamp Road that leads to Lakefield National Park and Laura. At the 2006 census, Hopevale had a population of 765.
It was established as the Cape Bedford Mission by the Lutheran Church in 1886, with the settlement at Elim on the beach.
Due to worries that the indigenous people might cooperate with the advancing Japanese in World War II, the total population was evacuated south to various communities by the military. The German Lutheran missionaries were sent to internment camps. Most of the people were sent to Woorabinda, near Rockhampton, in Queensland. In just one month, 28 people lost their lives, with nearly a quarter of the people dying over the next 8 years. I heard the story of their evacuation and was shocked by the cruelty of it. The people were not allowed to take any personal possessions with them. They got no food or drink for one day. They had no warm clothes to protect them against the cold. Woorabinda was too cold for them.
Hope Vale was established as a Lutheran Mission in September, 1949. Indigenous people from the Hope Valley and Cape Bedford Missions were settled there. A work crew was allowed to return in 1949 and the first families came home in 1950.
Hopevale is home to several clan groups who mostly speak Guugu Yimidhirr and other related languages, as well as English.
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