On the Other Side – 1

All things are relative – even where we like to spend our holidays. This has been brought home to us all when, thanks to the Covid 19 virus, we are forced to holiday at home rather than jet off overseas to anywhere in the world that we choose.

I like this observation from Brian McGrath in ‘The Port of Brisbane, Its People and Its Personalities’: ‘During the port development days, we had a series of tide gauges near where we were doing our work, and one of them was on the jetty at Bishop Island. I was down there one day and was putting a new chart on the tide gauge and there was a dear old lady fishing there. I got talking to her and she told me how much she enjoyed coming to Bishop Island every year for her holiday. When I asked her where she came from, I was expecting her to say something like Western Queensland, but she pointed across the river and said, ‘From over there at Cribb Island.’

(Cribb Island, nicknamed ‘Cribbie’, was once an isolated, tight knit community of Aussie battlers who found refuge and cheaper living during The Great Depression. ‘Cribbie’ was demolished to make way for the Brisbane Airport in the early 1980s.)

(Bishop Island, a manmade island formed from spoil after the deepening of the mouth of the Brisbane River, has now been engulfed by the development of the Port of Brisbane and now resides under the area taken up by berth 9.)

4 thoughts on “On the Other Side – 1

  1. Yes holidays are relative. Years ago, when a break was needed, we would travel from Brisbane and holiday at Beachmere, where we were able to rent a beach cottage right on the water, with a sandy beach at low tide, sea eagles nesting above, quiet and so on. My husband was asked at his work where are you going for your holidays?, when he said Beachmere, people scoffed, but we were happy. Also my brother and his family started renting the same cottage and had many a happy holiday, with a safe beach for the children to spend the day on, whilst mum and dad watched from the shore. To me the simpler the place the better, I can relax more

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