Umbakumba’s Fred and Marjorie Gray - Duration 14.33
The story of how the community of Umbakumba grew from the ground up with the help of Fred Gray. This story starts with a story by Edith Mamarika’s about her father and his first meeting on the shores of Umbakumba with Gray. This documentary touches on the trepan and pearl shell industry pre Qantas base and then how Umbakumba’s market gardens became the staging point to feed the people at Qantas base. This continued when the base was taken over by the military after the start of World War 2. We hear incredibly personal stories about how Fred Gray started the first Umbakumba school after the war and how his new wife Marjorie was its teacher. This story is a very detailed story, far too detailed to chronicle here but after watching this story you get a sense that this film has only just scratched the surface of Umbakumba’s and its shared history with Fred and Marjorie Gray.

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