Bypass may be named after Aboriginal warrior

Aboriginal warfare.
Aboriginal warfare. Victorian Government

THE Toowoomba Second Range Crossing could be named after an Aboriginal warrior who was killed on Table Top Mtn.

It was revealed in an agenda released this morning that Toowoomba Regional Council will consider naming the $1.6 billion bypass "Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Multuggerah Way".

Multuggerah was a spiritual leader of the Jagera nation in the 1830s and 40s and was killed during a battle with European settlers on Table Top Mtn.

READ THE STORY OF MULTUGGERAH HERE

With white settlers encroaching on their traditional lands, Aboriginal leader Multuggerah was one of the last warriors of the Jagera.

His people were forced to resort to robbery and sheep stealing, retreating to Tabletop to hide.

This sketch depicts an attack by squatters on an Aboriginal camp, in retaliation for the Battle at One Tree Hill in 1843.
This sketch depicts an attack by squatters on an Aboriginal camp, in retaliation for the Battle at One Tree Hill in 1843. National Unity Government

The Jagera people, led by Multuggerah, blocked supply routes to the Darling Downs in the 1840s.

That led to a violent confrontation in the Lockyer Valley between squatters and Aborigines known as the Battle of One Tree Hill where the squatters were defeated.

A memorial plaque in honour of Multuggerah, sits in Duggan Park, Toowoomba.

Should the bypass be called Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Multuggerah Way?

This poll ended on 09 June 2016.

Current Results

Yes

75%

No

24%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The proposal is being advanced by the Heritage Advisory Committee.

The committee was founded to support conservation in the region.

The indigenous tribes of the Jagera, Giabal and Jarowair people inhabited the Darling Downs for at least 40,000 years before European settlement.


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