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Friday, June 30, 2006

Good timing


I was fortunate to see this pelican land in the water when I visited the lake. It came very close and I got to have a good look at it as it followed me while I was walking along the edge.

When the Brisbane Wildlife Survey was undertaken in 1980-82, Doolandella/Forest Lake had an abundance of wildlife. 56 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles and 11 species of mammals were reported including echidna, bandicoot, koala, brush-tail possum, ring-tail possum, sugar glider, whip-tail wallaby, red-neck wallaby, and the introduced species of hares and foxes.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Along the bank


Forest Lake History - The Durack family pioneered this area in the 1880s. The original Archerfield homestead remained on the property until the 1930s when it burnt down.

The American Army established a camp here during World War II.

The first people to move into the Forest lake estate were Irene and Tom (Fred) Allen, who moved from Durack into their new home in Lavender Court in 1991.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Beautiful Bridge


This is a very beautiful part of the Lake.

The recreational lake was completed in 1994 and offers 3.5 kilometres of walking trails, bike trails, playgrounds, barbecues, and picnic facilities. The lake is used for aquatic sports.

Brisbane City History - 1883, 9th April - Successful exhibition of electric lighting at Government Printing Office.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A dragon


Emerging from the depths comes a very friendly looking dragon.

Forest Lake History - Aboriginal population declined over the next century due to diseases, relocation and other factors. Many were moved to mission stations well away from the city and children continued to be removed from their families until the 1960's.

However, many aborigines moved back into the city after WWII and lived in the old Negro servicemen’s area of South Brisbane. By the early 1960s many had moved to the new housing areas of Acacia Ridge and Inala. 160 families were interviewed in 1961, in this region, and many were found to be living in poor conditions. In 1963 the OPAL hostel was established which assisted with short-term accommodation, meals and welfare issues generally. By 1971, the census revealed that there were 3,200 Aboriginals in the Brisbane region; much less than in the 1840s.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Lilly pads


Forest Lake History - Dr Stephen Simpson, who was Commissioner for Crown Lands from 1842-1855, was responsible for ensuring that the Aborigines were treated on an equal basis to the white population.

He established a base at Woogaroo where he later built Wolston House. After about 1842 more evidence of Aboriginal resistance to the white invaders was evident. By 1843, Dr Simpson reported that there were only about 40 Aborigines living in the vicinity of Woogaroo, although the population in the Moreton Bay region was estimated to be about 5000.

Interestingly, an escaped convict Bracefield, who had lived with the aborigines in the Wide Bay area, was assigned to Dr Simpson after his return to Moreton Bay in 1842. Other convicts assisted in the construction of a police post, house, stables and outbuildings. Bracefield later died on the Woogaroo property.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

A place to contemplate the lake


Forest Lake History - The establishment of the penal colony’s cattle station at Cowper’s (Coopers) Plains from 1824, probably led to the local aborigines either moving away or tolerating the intrusion as it was reported in 1840, that there had been no animals lost to aboriginal destruction since the time of the establishment of grazing for the penal settlement in the areas from Limestone (Ipswich), Redbank and Coopers Plains.

Brisbane City History - 1874, 15th June - First 'permanent' Victoria Bridge opened, with swinging span for tall vessels. Cobb and Co coach was first vehicle to cross.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Drying off


This bird had gotten wet and was trying to dry itself. Or it could have seen my camera and was showing off.

Forest Lake History - In 1828 Cunningham and Fraser noted huts in the vicinity of Oxley or Inala. The only evidence of a bora ring is at the end of Kertes Road, Camira on the banks of Sandy Creek, which is just outside this study area.

By 1839 it was noted that an aboriginal living near Oxley Creek was dying of chronic pulmonary consumption. Tuberculosis and other diseases were rapidly reducing the Aboriginal population of the region. Smallpox had also taken its toll from as early as 1831.

Brisbane City History - 1872, 26th March - First steamship, Louisa, built in Queensland by R.R. Smellie and Company.

Friday, June 23, 2006

On the Boardwalk


Forest Lake History - This region was the home of the Yerongpan clan of Oxley Creek who spoke the Yaggera dialect of the Turrbal language. Lost cedar cutters, Pamphlet, Finnegan and Parsons were the first white men to make observations of these people in 1823. They found two aboriginal canoes tied at the mouth of Oxley Creek (which they named Canoe Creek) for use by those wishing to cross the creek when travelling along the south bank of the Brisbane River.

Brisbane City History - 1870, 1st January - Free education introduced in Queensland.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Near sunset, over the lake


Forest Lake has been particularly popular with families, due to the extensive range of learning facilities on offer in the community including child-care centres, private and state primary and secondary schools, as well as special education and adult learning.

According to the 2001 Census (Forest Lake was listed together with Doolandella) there were 14,084 people living in the area with a median age of 29. The median individual income was between $400 and $499 per week. Of all occupied private dwellings 57% were either fully owned or being purchased; 39% were being rented.


Brisbane City History - 1866, 11th September - 'Bread or blood' riots as a result of financial crisis. Out-of-work navvies marched on Parliament House.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Duck frenzy


Throw some bread in the water and you get a feeding frenzy with the ducks.

Forest Lake is a 1000 hectare residential master planned community which was initially commenced back in 1990 by Delfin Lend Lease.

The highlight is the artificial lake area that serves as the centrepiece of the community.

Brisbane City History - 1865, 29th November - Brisbane business houses first lit by gas.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A place to meet

Forest Lake is roughly 18km from Brisbane’s CBD. Over 51% of households in this area are comprised of couples with children, 31% are couples without children and over 15% are single parent families.

Stand-alone houses account for 98% of all dwellings in this area. Forest Lake is a master planned community with plenty of lakes, parks and bike trails. Houses in this area are modern brick and tile structures, and the blocks are medium to large sized. The median house price in Forest Lake for the 2004 calendar year was $279,000.

Brisbane City History - 1864, 1st December - The Great Fire. Large business section of Queen Street wiped out.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Start of a series - Forest Lake


Forest Lake is on the outskirts of Brisbane City and is a planned community. The entire suburb has themed sections (eg. colonial houses in one section) and has been set out to a plan. The main drawcard of Forest Lake is this lake that was not here in the beginning.

Brisbane City History - 1860, 22 May - First elected Legislative Assembly of 26 people, held in Courthouse Building, Queen St (formerly part of convict barracks).

Sunday, June 18, 2006

End of a Series - For Nepal


A hand-carved gift from Nepal to the people of Brisbane as part of World Expo 88, the Pagoda stands amongst a lush and tranquil parkland.

Brisbane City History - 1859, 10th December - Separation Day with formal proclamation and swearing-in of first governor, Sir George Bowen.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

For New York


There are three hotels next to each other near the boundry of Brisbane and Fortitude Valley.

They are "The Manhattan", the "Metropolis" and "The New Yorker".

Brisbane City History - 1859, 7th September - Municipality of Brisbane proclaimed, John Petrie was later elected first mayor.

Friday, June 16, 2006

For Vietnam


Brisbane City History - 1853, 1st January - Captain J C Wickham, R.N., appointed Government Resident.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

For India


This is a little Indian restaurant hidden down the end of South Bank. I have never eaten here.

Brisbane City History - 1851 - First public meeting for separation from New South Wales. Census showed a population of 8375 in Brisbane, Kangaroo Point, South Brisbane and Ipswich.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

For Ireland


This little pub is tucked away under Queen Street Mall.

I might even go here for my birthday in July.

Brisbane City History - 1850 - Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac) established a branch in Brisbane. Richard Coley, a leading merchant, was a co-director. He signed Brisbane's first banknote.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

For England Part 3


Pig 'n' Whistle, a British theme pub, has an outlet in the heart of Brisbane on the world famous Queen Street Mall that specialises in gourmet British food.

The history of pub signs date back to the Roman times, when reliefs made of stone or terracotta were hung outside to denote the trade or profession of the occupants of the building.

In 1393, King Richard II passed an act which made it compulsory for pubs and inns to have a sign (his own emblem the 'White Hart' in London) in order to identify them to the official Ale Taster.

Brisbane City History - 1849 - Fortitude, Chaseley and Lima arrived with 630 immigrants, organised by the Reverend Dr John Dunmore Lang, a Presbyterian clergyman, promoter and journalist, an important man in the colony's history.

Monday, June 12, 2006

For England Part 2 (and for Melbourne -Victoria)


A more regal statue (although the Queen is regal in any pose) located outside of the Treasury Casino Hotel, Brisbane.

Brisbane History - 1848, 13th December - Arrival of the Artemisia (Departed from Plymouth), carrying 240 government-assisted immigrants. The journey took just under 4 months.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

For England


An unusual pose struck by this statue of Queen Elizabeth II. I had to look at it twice as I was passing the area as this is not a common pose for royalty.

Brisbane History - 1847, 11th March - Loss of 44 lives when the paddlesteamer, Sovereign, was wrecked trying to get through the South Passage from Amity Point, Stradbroke Island.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

For New South Wales


Brisbane History - 1846, 25th June - First river steamer service, the Experiment, ran between Brisbane and Ipswich.

Friday, June 09, 2006

For Copenhagen


This is the Royal Copenhagen Ice Cream shop at the entrance to the Myer Center.

Brisbane History - 1846 - Moreton Bay Courier first published. Later became the Brisbane Courier and from 1933, the Courier-Mail.First census showed 2258 people in the colony, including the Darling Downs.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

For Korea


Brisbane History - 1842, 15th November - Captain J C Wickham appointed Police Magistrate for Moreton Bay

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

For Italy


Experience a little piece of Italy straight out of the piazzas of Florence and Rome.

Gelatissimo is Florentine-styled, with Italiante frescoes and Italian music serving the authentic tastes of Italian gelato, gelato shakes and Gelatissimo's granita.

You can even see me taking the photo.

Brisbane History - 1842, 14 July - First land sales in the colony, now open for free settlement. Because this was a miserable flop, later sales were held in Sydney.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

For Belgium


Have a look at Melbourne's Daily photo for Tuesday. He has a similar beer logo in his picture.

Brisbane History - 1842, 5th April - Appointment of Dr Stephen Simpson as Magistrate and first Crown Lands Commissioner for the Moreton Bay district.

Monday, June 05, 2006

For Egypt


Walking into Scarab is like walking into another world because the atmosphere is really warm and relaxing and the music is great. You can buy anything from a stick of incense to a giant Buddha.

It seemed to the ancient Egyptians that the young scarab beetles emerged spontaneously from the burrow were they were born. Therefore they were worshipped as "Khepera", which means "he was came forth." This creative aspect of the scarab was associated with the creator god Atum.

Brisbane History - 1842, 24th March - Governor Gipps visited Brisbane, amended the town plans, and rejected the squatters request for Cleveland to be the port.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

For United Arab Emirates


I don't know is this has anything to do with the country, I just liked the way the lights look under the words "Emirates House".

If anyone was into 80's cartoon shows, they look like Energon Cubes from the Transformers cartoon.

Brisbane History - 1839 - Penal settlement closed, and all convicts left except a small number who stayed to carry out public works projects. (Transportation of convict officially ceased 1 August 1840, but it wasn't until 11 February 1842 that an official proclamation cancelled Moreton Bay a penal settlement.) However, a revised form of transportation of convicts began in 1849. Many convicts arrived under this scheme.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

For China


Brisbane History - 1838 - German mission station established in East Nundah under Schmidt and Eipper (to help Aborigines).

Friday, June 02, 2006

For Japan Continued


This is the outside of the Mincom building with its Japanese style.

Brisbane History - 1837 - James Watt, the first steamer to arrive in Moreton Bay, brought the Petrie family. Andrew Petrie came to take up his position as Foreman of Works

Thursday, June 01, 2006

For Japan


The Mincom building near central station, is a very imperial Japan styled building. Tomorrow I will show you what the main building looks like.

Six geologists and computer scientists established Mincom in Brisbane in 1979 as a facilities management specialist providing software and computer processing services to mining companies.

In 2003 Mincom was named the winner of the Premier of Queensland’s inaugural Smart Award for Science and Technology, a salute to the company’s ability to remain ahead of the game in a cut-throat industry.

Brisbane History - 1831 - Penal colony reached a population peak with over 1000 convicts and about 175 soldiers.