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Butchulla stories born again

SPECIAL DAY: Glen Miller signs a copy of the book ‘The Legends of Moonie Jarl’ for Fraser Island ranger Darren Blake.
SPECIAL DAY: Glen Miller signs a copy of the book ‘The Legends of Moonie Jarl’ for Fraser Island ranger Darren Blake. Alistair Brightman

THE intriguing stories about the Aboriginal dreamtime have been born again, more than 50 years after they first appeared in print.

The Legends of Moonie Jarl - written by Wilf Reeves and illustrated by his sister Olga Miller in 1964, was a collection of 12 traditional stories of the people from Fraser Island and the mainland around Hervey Bay.

Moonie Jarl refers to the elder responsible for passing traditional knowledge through the generations.

Yesterday, at the USQ Fraser Coast campus, a large crowd gathered to celebrate the Butchulla culture and launch the book.

For the 50th anniversary, Councillor George Seymour worked with Glenn Miller and local Butchulla elders to arrange the re-publication.

Butchulla elder Glen Miller said the re-publication continued an exciting time for the Butchulla people.

"The Legends of Moonie Jarl was the first book of Aboriginal stories authored by Aboriginal people in Australia," Mr Miller said.

The book will be available at Mary Ryan's Bookstore in Hervey Bay.

Topics:  aboriginal, book, stories




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