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The Genesis [Legend]  of Pimpama Island  by Virginia McGowan

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The Genesis [Legend] of Pimpama Island by 

My Interpretation -Acrylic on Canvas on Board [Australian Indigenous people Legend] Inspired by the book written by Ysolda BEst about the Kombumerri People


Extract from Kombumerri –Saltwater People written by Ysola Best –Alex Barlow

Aboriginal Peoples [Gold Coast Lands]

In the old days long before the white men came, so the legend goes, all that part of Morton Bay, from Doogurrumburrum [honeycomb] now Rocky Point, at the mouth of the Logan River, to Kanaipa [iron bark spear] was the theatre of a immense war between all the denizens of the land, the air, and the water then inhabiting that region. In those times the country bordering on this watery tract was high and dry, not like it is now, all swamps and marshes-and mosquitoes. The real reason of this epic conflict is obscure, but it is generally supposed that the three main divisions of animal life –terrestrial, arial and aquatic-fought for, triangularly for supremacy; birds, flying foxes, sharks porpoises, goannas snakes etc., all participated in the strife.

Yowgurra, the goanna, was early in the fray, armed with a spear; but, just as he joined in the mêlée, Boogaban, the sparrow hawk, swooped down and snatched the spear [juan] out of the grasp of Yowgurra. With this in its hands, it flew over the water and drove the spear into the back of the porpoise that just at that moment exposed itself.
The porpoise, with the spear sticking out it’s back, exerted a mighty blast and blew the weapon out; but there ensured such an incessant recent of mingled blood and water from the spear would that all their neighbouring territory became inundated resulting into the present day tangle of islands, swamp and network of channels and creeks of that portion of the Bay, and from this cause originated Pimpama Island Tajingpa [the well] Yawulpah [wasp] Wahgumpa [turkey]. Coombabah [a pocket of land] etc all great areas of swampy country.
From the journal of the Royal historical society of qld.27march 1934 pp233-4

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  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 6 years ago

    Hi Ginny, do you mind me asking whether the Well you mention would be Jacob’s Well?
    My husband’s family lived at Pimpama for many years on the Gold Coast and i was wondering if the region referred to in the folklaw was one and the same…..this is a wonderful interpretation of a delightful story!!!

  • Yes It would be Karin, the story is a section from Koombumerri Saltwater People. Just a small book.Very interesting and very sad too. I did this a while back for a Writers Festival an annual event here, held at Somerset College It has a really well fixed in frame so I had to crop the edge to photo it . The goanna disapears on the card.

    – Virginia McGowan

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 6 years ago

    folklaw….ooops,…..i meant ‘folklore’….silly me

  • oh gee don’t worry it’s taking me since 6 this morning to redo things ! had planned on painting !!

    – Virginia McGowan

  • Jim Caldwell
    Jim Caldwellover 6 years ago

    I loved the story as well as the photo

  • many thanks Jim for your cupport in commenting. always .

    – Virginia McGowan

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisover 6 years ago

    I so love this Ginny! The colours are striking and the story is so very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  • thanks blossom, facinating story It fits in perfectly with the land /waterways there, including the mozzies !

    – Virginia McGowan

  • RLHall
    RLHallover 6 years ago

    Wonderful story and image!

  • thanks R.L yes love thes stories of the people who were here first.

    – Virginia McGowan

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 6 years ago

    Lovely work Ginny.

  • thank you Irene.

    – Virginia McGowan

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgeover 6 years ago

    Wonderful image and story ginny

  • thanks always Pat .

    – Virginia McGowan

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsover 6 years ago

    Fabulous painting and loved reading the story Ginny, thanks so much!!! :)

  • Thanks Kathie, don’t you love the bit about the mozzies? I can vouch for those! we spent a lot of time up at Rocky Point/Woongoolbah area, years ago…

    – Virginia McGowan

  • hirst
    hirstover 6 years ago

    Really vivid and attractive colours, interesting story too, well done!

  • thanks so much Shirley, for reading the story too.

    – Virginia McGowan

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 6 years ago
    WOW…stunning work Gini!!! *-)
  • thabks so much for always commenting Deb.

    – Virginia McGowan

  • thank you Deb .

    – Virginia McGowan

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