3 November, 2018
November 03   @ 1:00 pm-3:45 pm

Dr Ray Kerkhove presents on Brisbane’s Aboriginal history

Please join us to meet historian Dr Ray Kerkhove for a fascinating presentation on ‘Boundaries & Curfews affecting Brisbane Aboriginal Life in the 19th & 20th Centuries’.

Ray Kerkhove is a professional historian, cultural researcher and writer who specialises in the Aboriginal history and material culture of southern Queensland.

This presentation, at RQI’s November general meeting, will look at the various boundaries and curfews that affected Brisbane Aboriginal life from the 1830s to 1930s.

Ray authored the first guidebook to the numerous Aboriginal camps that flourished in and around Brisbane from convict times to as late as the 1950s. Many of Brisbane’s suburbs trace their names, parks and key events to these former campsites.

Ray has decades of experience working with Indigenous community groups on many significant historical and cultural projects.

RQI general meeting

WHEN: Saturday, 3rd November 2018, from 1:00 pm – 3:45 pm
WHERE: Mitchelton Library, 37 Heliopolis Parade, Mitchelton

Download an event flyer here [PDF 460KB]

Entry to this Reconciliation Queensland general meeting is free and all are welcome.

Please bring a plate of food and/or refreshments for contribution to our afternoon tea. This is an informal gathering and no motions have been proposed for the meeting.

Donations are always gratefully received and help our volunteer-run organisation continue to run these events, which aim to promote reconciliation while giving our members another opportunity to engage with the Association’s management committee.

To reserve your place, please RSVP by email to events@rqi.org.au or call Rosalie on 0448 468 618.

About Dr Ray Kerkhove

Dr Ray Kerkhove is a Visiting Fellow at the Harry Gentle Resource Centre, Griffith University. He has over 30 years experience working with Indigenous families and organisations.

He co-founded and project-managed ICP Aust Inc, which developed numerous Indigenous cultural and historical projects across Queensland. Ray has especial interest in reconstructing Aboriginal-settler conflict and historical landscapes, for example his recent book Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane (2015).

Camps and Curfews: the Boundary Streets and other Boundaries of Brisbane

Ray’s report West End to Woolloongabba (1985) is available for download here and was written for FAIRA Aboriginal Corp in Woolloongabba. It formed some of the basis of the current debate on the Boundary Streets curfew.

In 2017, he gave a talk on the Boundary Streets for Brisbane History Group’s Seminar ‘Policing Brisbane,’ and assisted the West End history group with researching signage to mark the history of Boundary Street.


Date:November 03
Time:1:00 pm - 3:45 pm


Phone: (07) 3003 6377