The Quandamooka people had already inhabited their homeland of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and Moorgumpin (Moreton Island) for 21,000 years when Captain James Cook first sailed the waters of Quandamooka Bay sighting these islands in 1770. Cook then claimed the eastern coast of the land as terra nullius (land that belongs to no-one), which later became known as Australia. Since colonisation, the controversy of terra nullius has been the main conflict between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people.
Dreaming On: The Story of the Quandamooka People is a first time ever to be told documentary film about the Quandamooka traditional owners’ passion and determination to never relinquish their land and culture. In collaboration with elders, community leaders, and the younger generation of Quandamooka country, filmmaker Marcia Machado provides a narrative with fractions of their personal stories, dreams, and aspirations interwoven with the local "Song Man's" story of creation, ultimately culminating in the realisation of a long awaited victory.