2020 WINNER QCF PHOTO CHALLENGE – #focusonkindness
Title of Work: Wominjeka – Welcome!
Name of Subject: Uncle Fred
Submitted By: Anne Murray in support of Indigenous Literacy Foundation
Photo Essay: Fred is an aboriginal elder from the Stradbroke Island region. He comes from the Quandamooka people, a group that live around Moreton Bay in Southeastern Queensland. There are three distinct tribes, the Nunukul, the Goenpul and the Ngugi. They live primarily on Moreton and North Stradbroke Islands. Archaeological evidence dates occupation by these people back at least as far as 21,000 years ago.
When I wanted to do some photographs about kindness I asked Fred if he would agree to be photographed as I wanted to show first people
kindness towards the rest of us. Fred is one of the most kind people I have met. I love this photograph of Fred where he was laughing at
something I had said about myself. We spent some hours together and he talked about and showed me the history of his country, now known as Stradbroke Island. When I asked him how he felt about Australia becoming multicultural his response was that as long as they looked after the country he was fine with it.
Fred is a very generous and kind man who as an elder cares very much about the wellbeing of the young people of his people.