Wednesday, July 5,  2017:

I’ll be guest speaker at the Ormiston Garden Club. My topic will be ‘The History and Maintenance of Peel Island‘ – Venue will be the Christian Faith Church Hall in Thorn Street, Ormiston.  Commencing time is 9:30 am.(see NOTES below)

Saturday, August 5, 2017:

I’ll be guest speaker at the Logan River Family History Society Inc. My topic will be a power point presentation entitled ‘Family History Begins at Home’. – Venue will be the Old Kingston Butter Factory, 1/21 Milky Way, Kingston. Qld. 4114. Commencing time is 9:30 am.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017:

I’ll be guest speaker at the Redland Genealogical Society. My topic will be a power point presentation entitled  ‘Family History Begins at Home’. (It’s not just a straight ‘how to research family history’, but more about the things I have found interesting in my own family history which could be applied to other family history research.) – venue will be the Donald Simpson Centre in Cleveland. Commencing at 1 pm.


The History and Maintenance of Peel Island

Today, Peel Island’s Horseshoe Bay is a favourite haunt of the boating fraternity, where people love to relax and play on its Casuarina-lined sandy beach. However a closer exploration reveals a long and largely overlooked history…

Since his fortuitous meeting with former Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) patient, Emmett Kelly, at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital in 1977, author historian, Peter Ludlow, has been researching and writing about the unique history of Peel Island. In this PowerPoint presentation, Peter describes and illustrates the history of Peel Island from its pre-European occupation by the Quandamooka Aboriginal tribes to its use by Europeans: as a quarantine station (early 1870s–1917), Inebriate home (1910-1916), and Lazaret (leprosarium) (1907-1959).

Since the closure of the Lazaret, Peel remained largely unoccupied except for a lease by CEGS (now known as the Anglican Church Grammar School or simply as ‘Churchie’) from 1968 until 1993.

In 1993 the island was to be gazetted as a National Park, but the process was delayed by a Native Title claim. This was finally settled on December 27th 2007 when Peel was gazetted a National Park and a Conservation Park under the joint management of the Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service and the Quandamooka People, the island’s traditional custodians.

Soon, Peel will be placed under the full control of the Quandamooka People, under whose guidance a new era of tourism and cultural exchange holds great promise.



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