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Patch of bushland where axe was found
Patch of bush where axe was found between the Albert and Logan Rivers, south-east Queensland. Photo: Hague Best.

This patch of bush lies between the Albert and Logan Rivers, right in the heart of Bilin Bilin's country. Here Hague Best, Bilin Bilin's great-great-great grandson found the stone axe that is shown in Objects. Looking at this bush reminds us of the country as it would have looked when Bilin Bilin was born.

Arial view of the Gold Coast showing the strip of beach and high-rise buildings
Gold Coast, south-east Queensland. Courtesy Gold Coast City Council.

This is the Gold Coast, a place where Bilin Bilin had traditional ties. It would not have looked at all like this when he was alive – in fact most of his country is now a modern urban landscape. A viewer looking at both landscapes might associate the 'bush' landscape with 'Aboriginal country', but not the built-up one. But both the bush and the city are Indigenous places. It is in the built landscape that many of Bilin Bilin's descendants live, still in the country of their ancestors.