THE unveiling of the new Wreck Point Scenic Lookout at 11am on Saturday, June 17, will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Lions Clubs International, Yeppoon Lions Club's 50th anniversary, and tell the story of the headland's naming,

Darumbal descendants of the traditional owners of Keppel Bay and its hinterland, have been invited to perform a smoking ceremony and a "Welcomer to Country" in the Darumbal dialect, with translation.

Yeppoon Lions president, Don Knowles said: "The $460,000 Yeppoon Lions Club project planned three years ago, was made possible by joint funding with the Queensland Government and Livingstone Shire council.

"The lookout depicts a ship's deck in teak with bow rails, in memory of the wreck of the 62 ton transport schooner Selina, which drifted crewless for 2600 nautical miles and was washed up on Wreck Point in October 1848, after disappearing in 1847, with a load of cedar logs bound for Sydney."

Subsequently, the headland was named Wreck Point.

Six plaques are mounted on the lookout. They tell the story of Keppel Bay, back thousands of years in in ownership of the Darumbal Nation, of Captain Cook's discovery of Keppel Bay in 1770 and Matthew Flinders' voyage through the bay while surveying the Australian coastline.

The fourth plaque unravels the mystery of the Selina.

Early emigrant sailing ships, the Utopia and Countess Russel that sailed directly from Plymouth to Keppel Bay in 1862 and 1873 are featured, also the commemoration of the anniversaries of Yeppoon Lions Club and Lions Clubs International.



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