Glasshouse Country
© Bob Waldock
Glasshouse Mountains Aboriginal Legend.
The Aboriginal Legend of Glass House Mountains
It   is   said   that Tibrogargan,   the   father,   and   Beerwah,   the   mother,   had   many   children.   Coonowrin   the   eldest,   Beerburrum,   the Tunbubudla   twins,   the   Coochin twins,   Ngungun,   Tibberoowuccum,   Miketebumulgrai,   and   Saddleback.   There   was   Round   who   was   fat   and   small   and   Wildhorse   who   was   always   paddling   in the sea.    One   day,   Tibrogargan   was   gazing   out   to   sea   and   noticed   a   great   rising   of   the   waters.   Hurrying   off   to   gather   his   younger   children,   in   order   to   flee   to   the safety of the mountains in the west, he called out to Coonowrin to help his mother Beerwah, who was again with child.    Looking   back   to   see   how   Coonowrin   was   assisting   Beerwah,   Tibrogargan   was   greatly   angered   to   see   him   running   off   alone.   He   pursued   Coonowrin   and, raising his club, struck the latter such a mighty blow that it dislodged Coonowrin’s neck, and he has never been able to straighten it since.    When   the   floods   had   subsided   and   the   family   returned   to   the   plains,   the   other   children   teased   Coonowrin   about   his   crooked   neck.   Feeling   ashamed, Coonowrin   went   over   to   Tibrogargan   and   asked   for   his   forgiveness,   but   filled   with   shame   at   his   son’s   cowardice,   Tibrogargan   could   do   nothing   but   weep copious   tears,   which,   trickling   along   the   ground,   formed   a   stream   that   flowed   into   the   sea.   Then   Coonowrin   went   to   his   brothers   and   sisters,   but   they   also wept   at   the   shame   of   their   brother’s   cowardice.   The   lamentations   of   Coonowrin’s   parents   and   of   his   brothers   and   sisters   at   his   disgrace   explain   the presence of the numerous small streams of the area.    Tibrogargan   then   called   to   Coonowrin,   asking   him   why   he   had   deserted   his   mother.   Coonowrin   replied   that   as   Beerwah   was   the   biggest   of   them   all   she should   be   able   to   take   care   of   herself.   He   did   not   know   that   she   was   again   pregnant,   which   was   the   reason   for   her   great   size.   Then   Tibrogargan   turned   his back on his son and vowed that he would never look at him again.
Glasshouse Country
Glasshouse Mountains Aboriginal Legend.
The Aboriginal Legend of Glass House Mountains
It   is   said   that   Tibrogargan,   the   father,   and   Beerwah,   the mother,    had    many    children.    Coonowrin    the    eldest, Beerburrum,   the   Tunbubudla   twins,   the   Coochin   twins, Ngungun,      Tibberoowuccum,      Miketebumulgrai,      and Saddleback.   There   was   Round   who   was   fat   and   small   and Wildhorse who was always paddling in the sea.    One   day,   Tibrogargan   was   gazing   out   to   sea   and   noticed a   great   rising   of   the   waters.   Hurrying   off   to   gather   his younger   children,   in   order   to   flee   to   the   safety   of   the mountains   in   the   west,   he   called   out   to   Coonowrin   to help his mother Beerwah, who was again with child.     Looking    back    to    see    how    Coonowrin    was    assisting Beerwah,   Tibrogargan   was   greatly   angered   to   see   him running   off   alone.   He   pursued   Coonowrin   and,   raising   his club,    struck    the    latter    such    a    mighty    blow    that    it dislodged   Coonowrin’s   neck,   and   he   has   never   been   able to straighten it since.    When   the   floods   had   subsided   and   the   family   returned   to the   plains,   the   other   children   teased   Coonowrin   about   his crooked   neck.   Feeling   ashamed,   Coonowrin   went   over   to Tibrogargan   and   asked   for   his   forgiveness,   but   filled   with shame    at    his    son’s    cowardice,    Tibrogargan    could    do nothing   but   weep   copious   tears,   which,   trickling   along the   ground,   formed   a   stream   that   flowed   into   the   sea. Then   Coonowrin   went   to   his   brothers   and   sisters,   but they     also     wept     at     the     shame     of     their     brother’s cowardice.   The   lamentations   of   Coonowrin’s   parents   and of   his   brothers   and   sisters   at   his   disgrace   explain   the presence of the numerous small streams of the area.    Tibrogargan   then   called   to   Coonowrin,   asking   him   why he   had   deserted   his   mother.   Coonowrin   replied   that   as Beerwah   was   the   biggest   of   them   all   she   should   be   able to   take   care   of   herself.   He   did   not   know   that   she   was again   pregnant,   which   was   the   reason   for   her   great   size. Then   Tibrogargan   turned   his   back   on   his   son   and   vowed that he would never look at him again.