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Springfield Lakes & Surrounds


  Suburbs Springfield Lakes (4300) 26km to CBD Ipswich (4305) 31km to CBD South Ripley (4306) 31km to CBD Booval (4304) 28km to CBD Augustine Heights (4300) 25km to CBD Brookwater (4300) -km to CBD Camira (4300) 21km to CBD   History The history of the Ipswich area since European settlement in 1827 is quite complex and varied. Situated strategically between urban Brisbane and a rural hinterland, Ipswich rapidly established its hegemony on the basis of wool, coal, transport and industry. The speed with which the town developed and diversified, compared with its string of nearby hamlets, was very rapid. Nevertheless some years such as the 1880s and early 1900s were prosperous and expansive, while others, particularly the 1890s and 1930s, were characterized by stagnation and depression. Greater Springfield located right on Brisbane’s doorstep is Australia’s fastest emerging new city. It drives one of the nation’s fastest urban growth corridors a...


Dayboro Region


  Suburbs Kurwongbah (4503) 28km to CBD Whiteside (4503) 25km to CBD Samford Valley (4520) 20km to CBD Samford Village (4520) 18km to CBD Armstrong Creek (4520) 35km to CBD Dayboro (4521) 35km to CBD Rush Creek (4521) 33km to CBD King Scrub (4521) 38km to CBD   History Settlement of the Pine Rivers region had to await the closure of the Moreton Bay convict settlement in 1842, although some preliminary surveying of the region had already been carried out in preparation for free settlement.  In the middle of 1843, Francis Griffin, by establishing the Whiteside run on the north bank of the North Pine River, became the first free settler to occupy Pine Rivers land. He was joined shortly by other members of the Griffin family. In 1844, James Sibley and Joseph King established the Samsonvale run on the south side of the River. This run was purchased by William Joyner and William Mason during the following year. Nearly th...


Bribie Island


  Suburbs Beachmere (4510) 38km to CBD Ningi (4511) 45km to CBD Sandstone Point (4511) 44km to CBD Bellara (4507) 47km to CBD Bongaree (4507) 46km to CBD Banksia Beach (4507) 48km to CBD Woorim (4507) 47km to CBD   History Prior to European settlement Bribie Island was the home of the Gubbi Gubbi Aboriginal group who used bark canoes, nets for fishing and catching birds and spears for killing the local kangaroos and wallabies. There is also evidence that they used stone traps to catch fish. There is evidence of middens on the coasts of the island. It has been claimed that by 1897 there were no Aborigines left on the island. The first European to reach with Bribie Island was Matthew Flinders who landed in 1799 to make repairs to his vessel, the Norfolk. At Bribie Flinders saw his first dugong and fired upon some of the Gubbi Gubbi residents on 16 July, 1799. There is evidence that the township of Bongaree was named after Flinders' Aboriginal companion often wri...


Caboolture & Surrounds


  Suburbs Caboolture (4510) 45km to CBD Upper Caboolture (4510) 40km to CBD Morayfield (4506) 40km to CBD Bellmere (4510) 43km to CBD   History Before the arrival of Europeans the Caboolture district was inhabited by the Gabbi Gabbi Aboriginal group. The area was not settled until 1842 because there was a 50-mile zone around the Moreton Bay penal colony and free settlement was illegal. The Caboolture area was first settled by Europeans in 1842. The first settlers were the Archer brothers who settled near Woodford in September, 1841. The spelling 'Caboolture' was first used in 1848. In 1864 crown land was sold to prospective settlers for £1 an acre. At the time only one sale of 31 acres was recorded. By the mid-1860s the district was settled by timber cutters and pastoralists who, beyond cattle grazing, were growing sugar cane, wheat, maize, corn and cotton with mixed success. The timber cutters had success with red cedar and bunya pines which were sent dow...