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The Shepherds Walk

Event Information

  • 17 Jul 2010 8:30am
  • Beaudesert Historical Museum & Information Centre, 54 Brisbane St
  • Beaudesert
  • Queensland
Other Information
  • Cost: $15, including bus fare & lunch

Organised by the Beaudesert Historical Society through the Beaudesert Museum, the annual walk will be held on the 17th July and commemorates the conflict between the Aboriginal tribe's people and Chinese Shepherds whereby some lost their lives. This will be the 23rd year of the Shepherd's Walk.

A brief account of the Shepherd's Walk and what it commemorates

Circa 1850 Messrs Barker, Christmas Creek (Western Slopes of Ginbroken Range) and Compigne, Nindooinbah (Eastern slopes of Ginbroken Range) employed many Chinese Shepherds to tend their flocks of sheep.

Early one morning there was a confrontation between the Shepherds at Christmas Creek and a group of local Aboriginal Tribesmen. During the skirmish it is reported that three Shepherds were killed, there being no report of Aboriginal fatalities or casualties if any.

Oral history relates that a girl said to be the wife of one Shepherd and sister to another, managed to hide and escaped unharmed, eventually walking over the track to the Shepherds hut by the washpool at Kerry to relate the events.

The annual commemorative walk of approximately 9 kms has been held since 1987 and numbers increase each year. It is held in association with the Beaudesert Restored Auto Club is used to raise much needed funds for the maintenance of the Beaudesert Museum.

For further details Download the flyer about this year's Shepherd's Walk.