First Contact

The Butchulla Warriors' Memorial, situated in Queens Park was the brainchild of Butchulla Elder Glen Miller. Watch the video below where Uncle Glen shares the story of how the monument came to be and it's significance.

The First Contact Butchulla Warriors Memorial is considered to be the first of its kind. Dedicated to Butchulla Men who died defending Butchulla Country. It remembers those who gave their lives not to attach blame or guilt, but to recognise what took place and honour these Aboriginal Men who lost their lives.

First Contact is a testament to true reconciliation. Many people from various backgrounds have come together with a united aim – to share this story. It is an example of how each of us can contribute to reconciliation in Australia.

Film by Glen David Wilson. This production was supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council.

The First Contact Butchulla Warriors Memorial is situated in Queens Park, Maryborough, Queensland.

First Contact - Butchulla Warriors' Memorial was officially unveiled on Saturday 22 April, 2023 by Butchulla Elder Uncle Glen Miller, Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour, Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari, State Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Craig Crawford, and Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders.

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