Jebribillum Bora Park

Gold Coast, Australia

Jebribillum Bora Park

The Jebribillum Bora Park (also known as Jebbribillum) is located on the south eastern corner of the Gold Coast Highway and 6th Avenue in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia. It contains one of the last intact bora rings on the Gold Coast, which is protected by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984, and the first Queensland War Memorial specifically dedicated to Indigenous service men and women, which is protected by the Gold Coast Local Heritage Register.

John Appel, the grandson of a missionary, played a key role in the preservation of the bora ring from attempts at destruction. It was gazetted as a reserve (Reserve 782) by the Nerang Shire Council in 1913 in order to stop the site from being divided into housing allotments. The bora ring survived further attempts to destroy it in 1929 and 1941. Later proposals to construct a sports ground or cattle compound on the site did not proceed, but the request of the Returned and Services League of Australia to erect a small hall beside the bora ring was approved and did go ahead. By the 1950s, an earlier rail fence surrounding the bora ring was in poor repair, and the Lands Department reported that little remained of the site.

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