Church honours warrior who led war against white settlers
A WARRIOR who led Aborigines in a war against European settlers on the Darling Downs will be honoured at a church service in Toowoomba today.
Multuggerah led warriors in a 15-year war against settlers after the newcomers attempted to expand in the Lockyer Valley and Darling Downs, sparking tensions which broke into full-scale war.
The most famous and serious of conflicts on the Downs was the Battle of One-Tree Hill which took place on what is now known as Table Top Mtn.
A service will be held at St Luke's Anglican Church in Toowoomba, corner of Ruthven and Herries Sts at noon.
"This is another step along the journey to reconciliation," Rector of the Parish of St Luke, Rev Dr Jonathan Inkpin said.
He said St Luke's Warriors Chapel remembered and honoured those who had fallen in past conflicts who came from the Toowoomba region.
"It is fitting and right that the memory of Multuggerah and others who have struggled to protect this country be also remembered and honoured," Rev Inkpin said.
"This move is a practical way of demonstrating that as a community we now have a more mature way of viewing our shared past and a greater appreciation of the connection that Aboriginal people have with the land and people.:
Rev Inkpin said the act of acknowledgement was something of which we could all be proud.
"It builds on the work of many in our community, including the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba which has been implementing a Reconciliation Action Plan for the past five years," he said.
"The Anglican Diocese of Southern Queensland has also adopted a Reconciliation Action Plan this month.
"As part of the event a cross created by Aboriginal artist Uncle Colin Isaacs will be installed in the Warriors Chapel.
"The cross is a symbol of reconciliation and brings together the story of the First Peoples, later arrivals and the Battle of One Tree Hill.
"There will also be a presentation promoting the proposal to name the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Multuggerah Way.
"Local councillors and Member for Toowoomba South David Janetzki will be attending and members of the public are most welcome."
A campaign to name the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing in honour of Multuggerah has attracted the support of political and religious leaders in Toowoomba.