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Pearlers arrived in the 1880s. They did terrible things, they cleared the mudflats of oysters, they took young men to use as divers and young women to use as sex slaves. One of the very young men they took was Ngoordinyboor, also called Felix. Along with others on the boat Felix became sick and died, the pearlers landed somewhere on Ninety Mile Beach to bury them. That night Felix’s special spirits the possum and crow called out for him and woke him up. He started walking back to his people. He saw the boat returning and called out, people were afraid thinking he was a ghost. The boat picked him up and took him back home and he became a leader of his people. He married Madelene, a Jabirr Jabirr woman from Winawal (Sandy point).



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