Decorated men from Cherbourg at Warana Festival in Brisbane c1950
The Warana Festival was held annually in Brisbane. Floats were organised by the Department of Native Affairs (DNA) and the main builder of the float was Jack O’Chin.
“Traditional dancers of that era included Stanley Nerang (possibly the dancer second from left, in rear), Dave Mathieson (possibly the dancer sitting on corner at right hand side) and Reggie Lawrence snr (possibly the dancer in the centre). Aunty Gracie Bond remembers that Dave Mathieson wore that head-dress. There was also Charlie Collins, Larry Leedie, Billie Bun Bun and Tommy Walters known as Waterflow.” – Jeanette Brown (nee Malone)