Visiting nun, 80, joins Beaudesert's Annual Shepherd's Walk

SHEPHERDS WALK: Fidaa Petrus, aged 80, being helped across the river by landowner Michael Undry and her brother Khaleel Petrus. Photos: Supplied
SHEPHERDS WALK: Fidaa Petrus, aged 80, being helped across the river by landowner Michael Undry and her brother Khaleel Petrus. Photos: Supplied

THE Beaudesert Historical Museum staged its annual shepherd's walk on July 20.

Museum spokeswoman Susan Weymouth said the event attracted more than 100 walkers this year, including an 80-year-old Iraqi Dominican nun and school headmistress, Fidaa Petrus who was in Australia to visit her brother Khaleel.

"She completed the walk with assistance from her brother and property owner Michael Undry," Ms Weymouth said.

"More than 120 people joined the walk, with only about 10 being locals.

"The walk covers nine kilometres starting at Christmas Creek, over the Jinbroken Range down to an Albert River washpool in the Kerry Valley.

"The walk crosses three different properties and we are very grateful to the Brown, Dunn and Undry families for allowing us access to their farmland on the walk."

The annual Shepherds Walk attracted scores of visitors to the Scenic Rim.

The annual Shepherds Walk attracted scores of visitors to the Scenic Rim.

Ms Weymouth said the annual event was to commemorate an incident that happened on the track in the 1850s.

The walk traces the steps of Chinese shepherds who settled at Christmas Creek and the Kerry Valley in the 1850s.

Several lost their lives in clashes with Aboriginals who were defending their rights to the land and tried to expel the invaders.

Ms Weymouth said the Scenic Rim Regional Council supported the event by providing funding for busses that took walkers to and from the starting point.

"At the end of the walk near the river crossing Beaudesert Restored Autoclub members were waiting with freshly cooked damper and an Aussie sausage sizzle," she said.