About Me

A former hospital pharmacist,I now devote myself full time as a professional researcher/biographer/author, specializing in, but not limited to, the collecting of local history in the Moreton Bay area. This I disseminate into the community through my self published books, lectures to local community groups, and since 1997, by maintaining an Internet webpage now on this site

As well as my Moreton Bay researches, I have more recently received commissions to write other works such as the history of Brisbane’s Mater Hospital Pharmacy, Queensland’s German Connections (co author), the history of the Port of Brisbane.

In 2013/14 I was a consultant and co-author of a book for the Museum of Brisbane’s exhibition entitled “The Many Lives of Moreton Bay“.

My 2015 writing project was a commission from the Cleveland Library  entitled “World War 1 Heroes of the Redlands“.

Most recently, I have completed a history of the family behind the firm of George Symons Suits, the well known suit maker in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne last century.

8 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Ella Kris said:

    Good morning and I hope this message finds you well. I am very interested in Peel Island. My great grandfather was relocated to Peel Island I am not sure of the year.


  2. Edward Ian Carter said:

    Noticed in the Reader’s Forum a photograph of a mystery ship MV Davara.

    My Father, Ted Carter, was the first Chief Engineer. The Davara was built by Halverson’s Ship Builders, Sydney, in 1946/7 for The Australian Petroleum Company (APC). It was stationed in Port Moresby PNG. I was on the jetty when it arrived in Port Moresby in May 1947. It was specially built with a flat bottom to navigate the bars and shallow waters of the Fly and other rivers west of Port Moresby.


  3. Peter,

    delighted if I may obtain any further information from your Moreton Bay posting 1984

    “1984 Sunstate Cement completes silo and bulk cement unloading equipment
    mounted on the coal wharf, Fisherman Islands”

    Any pictorial images greatly appreciated and having been involved in development of this system of the day

    Very best regards
    David Shearer
    +62 812 1045 8977


  4. dfdfdfdf said:

    Hi Peter. Keep up the great work! I just clicked to purchase a copy of your Peel Island PDF book and none of the payment options seem to work. Thanks.


  5. Mike Davis said:

    Hi Peter
    I am the Editor of Queensland Review and I have an article on the early history of St Helena Island, Moreton Bay, which I was hoping you could review. I couldn’t find your email address so I hope you will be able to make contact with me at m.davis@griffith.edu.au
    Thanks – Mike


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