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New research project explores the history of hospitality on North Stradbroke Island

May 21, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

North Stradbroke Island has been rolling out the red carpet to visitors for more than 200 years, ever since explorer Matthew Flinders dropped in on the local Quandamooka people for some fresh water in 1803.

This history of hospitality will be remembered and celebrated with the commencement of a new research project jointly conducted by Straddie Camping and the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum.unnamed (15)

The research is being conducted under Federal Government tourism funding as part of a TQual grant received by Straddie Camping.

Straddie Camping CEO Clare Carroll said the research delves into the island’s archives held at the Museum, the North Stradbroke Island Aboriginal and Islander Housing Co-op and other island organizations and will also involve extensive interviews with local people and visitors, past and present.

“My team regularly hears great stories from campers who have been coming to Straddie with their family since they were children. It’s always interesting to hear how the island has evolved over this time and it prompted us to think about ways to bring back the good ol’ days of the quintessential beach camping holiday experience,” said Ms Carroll.

North Stradbroke Island, or Minjerribah as the Quandamooka people, the Island’s Traditional Owners call it, has a rich history of welcoming guests. For 21,000 years, long before the arrival of Europeans, the Island hosted visits from other Aboriginal people in the region.

Ms Carroll said the research would examine the way in which the Quandamooka people interacted with Aboriginal people from other places as well as the way in which they hosted the first European visitors.

President of the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum, Geoff Moore said more recent times in history will also be explored in the research.

“As 20th century history is examined, the study will include interviews of people who hosted holidaymakers on the Island, as well as a study into the different types of accommodation used to house visitors over the years,” said Mr Moore.

Initial research for the project commences this week with completion due in September 2014.

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