Shepherd's Walk

The memory of Aboriginal tribe’s people and Chinese Shepherds who lost their lives in conflict circa 1850 in the Kerry Valley is honoured by THE SHEPHERD'S WALK, an event organised by The Historical Society of Beaudesert through The Beaudesert Museum.

A brief account of the Shepherd's Walk and what it commemorates :

Circa 1850 Messrs Barker, Christmas Creek (Western Slopes of Ginbroken Range) and Compigne, Nindooinbah (Eastern slopes of Ginbroken Range) employed many Chinese Shepherds to tend their flocks of sheep. When the sheep required washing prior to shearing, the shepherds would herd them to their respective washpools at Christmas Creek and the Albert River at Kerry.

The families would visit each other socially for gatherings and would walk from Christmas Creek over the Ginbroken Range to the campsite at Kerry on the banks of the Albert River.

Early one morning there was a confrontation between the Shepherds at Christmas Creek and a group of local Aboriginal Tribesmen. During the skirmish it is reported that three Shepherds were killed, there being no report of Aboriginal fatalities or casualties if any.

Oral history relates that a girl said to be the wife of one Shepherd and sister to another, managed to hide and escaped unharmed, eventually walking over the track to the Shepherds hut by the washpool at Kerry to relate the events.

The annual commemorative walk of approximately 9 kms has been held since 1987 and numbers increase each year

The event held in association with the Beaudesert Restored Auto Club is used to raise much needed funds for the maintenance of the Beaudesert Museum.

Download the flyer about this year's Shepherd's Walk