Racist Vandalism Disfigures Fingal Cemetery

Racist vandalism disfigures Fingal cemetery

Nikki Todd   |  12:01am March 8, 2012

Kerrie Green, Sharon Phillips and Leweena Williams can’t believe the desecration at Fingal Head cemetary. Pic: Scott Fletcher

VANDALS have attacked the Aboriginal community’s 150-year-old cemetery at Fingal Head, smashing graves and painting racist slogans across the site.

The cemetery is the only indigenous graveyard in Tweed Shire and the final resting place for more than 100 Aboriginal and Islander residents, including the revered elder Caomoi — one of the last nominal kings of the Tweed Coast — and his son Churaki.

The destruction, believed to have occurred between 7.30am and 9am on Tuesday, included the smashing of a porcelain photograph on the grave of Clarence Langus Phillips, who has many descendants still living at Fingal.

Racist slogans including a swastika and the words “white power” and “KKK” — the abbreviation for white supremacist group the Klu Klux Klan — were also painted on a monument wall at the cemetery.

The vandalism has shocked and disgusted the tight-knit Fingal community, scores of whom visited the site yesterday in a show of support against the attack.

“It is wrong,” said Sharon Phillips, whose father’s grave was smashed.

“This is where all of our ancestors live. I can tell you there are 14 of us Phillips all up in arms about this and it is not just us, folks from the whole community are here to support us.”

Kevin Slabb, whose siblings are buried in the cemetery, said he was shocked by the incident.

“This is out of character with Fingal people,” Mr Slabb said.

“I’ve lived here all my life and I don’t think anybody who lives here and knows the people would do this.

“The indigenous and non-indigenous people here have always connected well.”

Fingal Head Community Association president Dawn Walker said residents were deeply concerned.

“I can’t believe that in a peaceful and cohesive community like Fingal we would have to experience this form of imported and ugly racism,” Ms Walker said.

“The wider community has come out today to say we will not tolerate this sort of racist vandalism.”

As Tweed Shire Council workers began cleaning the graffiti, police were canvassing the area for potential witnesses.

“We are taking this very seriously,” said Tweed Byron LAC Police Inspector Gary Cowan.

“I just can’t understand why someone would do that to a grave site. We are throwing all available resources at it to try and get the result we need.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Tweed police on 5536 0999.


8 thoughts on “Racist Vandalism Disfigures Fingal Cemetery

  1. What an utterly disgusting and pathetic act… defiling graves. WHY? What purpose does it serve other than to make yourself be known as a complete fuckhead?

    I hope these scum feel the full and harsh consequences of their actions that day.

  2. The Nazi scum specialise in this. Both Jewish and Muslim cemeteries have been attacked in metropolitan areas.

    The elders of those who have lived on this continent for over 40,000 years should be able to rest peacefully in its earth when their time is done.

  3. I would not expect something like this to happen in such a beautiful spot like Fingal. Just shows that hatred can rear it’s ugly head in the most unlikely places. Is there any lower act than the desecration of a cemetary? What kind of sick twisted mind gets enjoyment at destroying something so sacred? Whether it happens in Australia or overseas, like the recent destruction of war graves in Libya, it’s just wrong on so many levels.

    • Plus incredibly cowardly. The pussy pricks crept in and did it under cover of night. What, do they think they’re hard? Rebellious? “This will show them! Take that, society!”

    • True. The swastika is the wrong way around. Obviously done by kids who have far too much time on their hands. Obviously no education. I hope the Elders get a chance to give these kids an education…

  4. I’m pretty sure if these were actually “nazis” doing these attacks that the swastika would be the right way around…

    Probably just some punk kids keen on stirring up some shit

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