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Winnam Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corp
Phone:07 3396 3431
Fax:07 3396 3902
Address: Shop 2 - 3 / 124 Florence St

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Winnam Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corp

Aboriginal people (Murris) have existed in the bayside and island areas of Brisbane for thousands of years, coming together in regular meetings and festivals such as the festival previosly held at Black's Camp at Wynnum. "Winnam" is an Aboriginal word for the Pandanus Palm, once abundant in this area.

Winnam Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation The organisation's motto is "Keeping Our People Together", reflecting the aim to maintain a support network and meeting base for local Murri people and activities. The corporation was originally founded by local Murri volunteers with a wision to provide housing and general support to the bayside Aboriginal and Islander community. It is important that affordable, quality housing be available to enable members to continue living in the bayside area as many of their families have done for generations.

For the first year of operation Winnam survived with no funding whatsoever. Winnam was incorporated under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act in 1990. Funding is provided by A.T.S.I.C. and other Government bodies. A Board of volunteer Directors manage the organisation with the support of two paid staff. Winnam's aim is for future self-sufficiency.

Local Indigenous Peoples


The Goenpul [Kuwanpal] tribe occupies the central and southern portion of Stradbroke Island, and its language or dialect is called Jandai [Jandaywal]. The Noonukul tribe owns the northern portion of that island, and its language is called Moondjan [Munyjany]. The Wogee [Ngugi] tribe occupies Moreton Island. Goenpul {Kuwanpal} is not the name of the language; it is the name of the tribe. The different peoples of Moreton Bay regarded themselves as distinct tribes. The dialects of Dunwich and Amity had different names for each locality ie Dunwich was known as Gompee to the tribes.


The tribes of Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island relied on the sea for their food supplies. They fished together with the porpoises in shoals of mullet, hunted dugong and turtle. They travelled across to the mainland in canoes to hunt for flying fox. Included in the diet of the tribes were waterbirds, lizards, snakes, marsupials, tortoises, crabs and shellfish as well as native honey. The suckers (or breadfruit from the Pandanus palm or Winnam tree) were used to eat the native honey.


Wynnum is named after the Pandanus palm or breadfruit tree. Wynnum is one of few Aboriginal names that remains in the district. Wynnum North was known as Black's Camp. A place where many from the islands would camp when hunting flying fox etc while waiting for the weather to change so they could return home. Black's Camp was also an area where corroborees took place. Gibson Island, Cleveland, Tingalpa were sites for Bora rings where ceremonies took place. Many tribes from the Bay area and inland would meet at these Bora rings for corroborees and other ceremonies. North Stradbroke Island is known as Minjerribah and inhabited by the Quandamooka people. The tribes of the Noonuccal, Goenpul and Ngugi constitute the Quandamooka people.


Tools and weapons such as boomerangs and shields were decorated with artwork. The patterning would be lines either burnt or painted on using hair, grass, or a brush made from the softened end of sticks. Tools and weapons were made from locally found materials or traded with other tribes such as dilly bags that were woven from freshwater reeds.

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