Reconciliation Qld Inc runs the Twilight Walk, usually held on 13th February, the day that the Australian Government officially apologised for atrocities committed against the Indigenous people of Australia. (Due to the Brisbane floods this year it was held on 13th August)
The twilight walk marks a dark time in our history when not only Indigenous Australians but also anyone who didn't fit the social norm imposed by the European settlers in Brisbane were not allowed into the CBD after 4pm and not at all on Sundays.
In cities like Brisbane, we can still find the remains of policies of exclusion in the name Boundary Street in the Valley and West End, which marked the limits that could not be crossed after sunset. Mounted police patrolled a one square mile (2.5sq km) exclusion zone around Brisbane from Boundary St, West End to Boundary St, Springhill, protecting European settlers from violence with tribes who had been forced from their lands. They would crack stock whips before 4pm as a sign it was time for those not welcome to leave the CBD.
It is thought that this practice ended in 1897 however there is no evidence that the original laws put in place have been removed and although they are not enforced they still exist.
The above information was provided by Reconciliation Queensland Inc., Heather Castledine who told me “No one is ever going to take my identity away.”
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