THE 2020 BATTLE OF MEEWAH (ONE TREE HILL)
On the 12-13th September 1843, eagle chief warrior of the Jaggera tribe, Multuggerah, and the surrounding allied tribes led the masterful resistance now known as The Battle of Meewah (One Tree Hill).
This historically significant story is one of our shared history. It is a story led by a love of land and people whilst also honouring one of the many forgotten or untold stories of valiant First Nations resistances.
The Battle of Meewah was part of the frontier wars, the battle for land that took place across our vast continent. It was significant because it demonstrated great courage and valour as well as diplomacy.
We see this resistance, love of country and creative leadership continue today through the descendants of Multuggerah. We pledge to continue in our journey seeking the truth of our shared history and give voice to and learn from ancient wisdom of our First People, who have been present since time immortal.
There are a number of exciting developments in the sharing of the story of Multuggerah and the Battle of Meewah which we hope will roll out in the next twelve months.
We look forward to hosting our commemoration in person in 2022
2019 Battle of Meewah (One Tree Hill) Commemoration
Each year the Social Justice Commission welcomes all to gather with local community members to learn more about the life and times of Multuggerah, an Aboriginal warrior who led a resistance campaign on the Darling Downs and in the Lockyer Valley in the 1840s. A historic event which has been labelled the “Battle of One Tree Hill” took place on the 12th and 13th September 1843. This 2019 event featured the book launch of Dr Ray Kerkhove & Frank Uhr's ' The Battle of One Tree Hill', a traditional Aboriginal Healing ceremony alongside key note speakers sharing the history and significance of the Battle of One Tree Hill.
THE FRIENDS OF MULTUGGERAH GROUP
Tackling the Issue
The Friends of Multuggerah is a community based group established to celebrate the endurance and resilience of local Aboriginal people and culture.
We will work together to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the truth of our shared history.
We will work to promote unity, understanding and a respect for the country that we share together.
McCarthy, Copland and a good chunk of Toowoomba lobbied for years that the new road be called the Multuggerah Way.Their hopes were high...
Multuggerah was given a viaduct – a spectacular piece of engineering... a stretch of road designed to save the town from a few thousand trucks a day honours the memory of a warrior who set out to stop the traffic once and for all under One Tree Hill.
David Marr, The Guardian