Indigenous People of Moreton Island

moreton Island

The Ngugi people, a clan belonging to the Quandamooka group, used Moreton Island, which they called Moorgumpin. Shell middens found around Moreton’s coastline indicate indigenous occupation for over 2000 years. They lived off of the plentiful marine life for food, fish, shellfish, dugong and turtle. The Indigenous history has been well preserved on the island and there are 330 cultural sites, including shell middens, bone scatters and a stone quarrie.

The Ngugi people traveled the length of the island hunting and gathering seafood and plants. Their diet was made up  of oysters, mussels, fish, pandanus fruit and wild honey, and they hunted for dugong, goannas and turtles. They may have come to North Stradbroke to hunt for larger mammals as there are none native to Moreton Island.

The Quandamooka, Moreton Island
The Quandamooka, Moreton Island

Gorenpul and Nunukil clans on North Stradbroke Island

Anchored off of North Stradbroke Island
Anchored off of North Stradbroke Island

The region and indigenous people of Moreton Bay and its island are called Quandamooka. These include the Ngugi tribe on Moreton Island and the Gorenpul and Nunukil clans on North Stradbroke Island. The Aboriginal name for Moreton Island is Moorgumpin meaning “place of sandhills”.

The Goenpul’s traditional lands occupied some 100 square miles on southern part of Stradbroke Island. On their northern boundary were the Nunukul. As one of the three tribes making up  the Quandamooka people, the others being the Nunukul and the Ngugil, they are custodians with traditional ownership rights in Moreton Bay.

Nunukil people

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