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Bwgcolman people is the name given to the indigenous Australians who were resettled on the Palm Island group after establishment of a reserve there in 1914. The original inhabitants of Palm Island are the Manbarra people. Indigenous Australians from throughout Queensland were resettled on Palm Island by the Queensland Chief Protector of Aborigines under provisions of The Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897 (Queensland). The traditional background of these people is often not known, although individuals trace descent from some 43 different tribal groups.[1]


  1. ^ AATA 268 (15 March 2004) accessed 23 January 2007