The Fronton: a Basque legacy in tropical North Queensland

Vidonja Balanzategui, Bianka, and Debono, Barbara (2001) The Fronton: a Basque legacy in tropical North Queensland. Journal of the Society of Basque Studies in America, 21 (2001). 3. pp. 17-34.

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[Extract] On Saturday afternoon Novermber 28, 1959, a fronton (handball court) was opened with considerable fanfare in Trebonne, a small township, eight kilometres (five miles), west of Ingham in the Herbert River district of North Queensland, Australia. The occasion attracted a large crowe. Mr "Jack" Williams, solicitor, opened the court and Reverend Father Tomas Ormazabal, travelling Chaplin for the Spanish community of North Queensland, dedicated it. (1)

Today the fronton stands unused, generally ignored and attracting only occasional interest from locals and tourists. Yet it is a solitary remaining monument to mark the small but significant migration of Basque people to North Queensland.

Item ID: 53858
Item Type: Article (Non-Refereed Research)
ISSN: 1042-3834
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2018 05:47
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1603 Demography > 160303 Migration @ 50%
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