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ByWalter Palm Island

Great Palm Island, or Burrguman, is the largest Island in the Palm Island group which lie about 25 km off the Queensland coast, east of Ingham and northeast of Townsville, in Australia (see Figure 17.1).The Palm Island Aboriginal settlement was formed in 1918 when the local mission at Hull River was destroyed in a cyclone. Aboriginal people were sent to Palm Island from all over Queensland, mainly as punishment for ‘offences’. Until the 1970s, strict control was exercised over these people by a series of white superintendents.