Moreton Bay Timeline

Date Event

+15,000 y ago Aborigines roamed Moreton Bay area
+12000-8000 Last ice age, then ice melts, &Moreton Bay formed by rising sea level
1770 May Cook names Morton Bay, but does not enter
1799 Jul 14 Flinders in Norfolk first European to enter Bay
1799 Jul 19 Flinders lands at Coochiemudlo Island
1802 Flinders visits Moreton Bay in Investigator
1803 Aug 31 Flinders gets water from Point Lookout
1823 Pamphlett, Finnegan, Parsons shipwrecked
1823 Oxley rescues Pamphlett, Finnegan, & Parsons
1824 Oxley names Peel’s Island (name later shortened to Peel)
1824 Capt Miller Commandant Moreton Bay convict settlement
1824 to 1825 Capt Bishop Commandant Moreton Bay convict settlement
1824 Sep 13 First convict settlement at Redcliffe
1825 Apr John Gray surveys & buoys South Passage
1825 Pilot station established at Amity
1825 Feb Settlement at Redcliffe Point abandoned
1825 to 1830 Capt Logan Commandant Moreton Bay convict settlement
1827 Allan Cunningham’s overland journey from Sydney
1827 Convict hospital erected Moreton bay settlement
1827 Governor Darling visits Moreton Bay
1827 Convicts build rock causeway at Dunwich
1827 Governor Darling names Stradbroke Island.
1828 -29 Commissariat Stores constructed
1827 July – 1830 John Tosh apptd first Superintendent of Buoys and Pilot for Moreton Bay
1828 Chaplain’s residence erected Moreton Bay settlement
1828 Sept 18 Rev John Vincent appointed Chaplain Moreton Bay settlement
1828 First settlement established at Dunwich
1828 Military barracks erected Moreton Bay settlement
1828 Prisoners’ barracks erected Moreton Bay settlement
1829 The windmill erected Moreton Bay settlement
1829 Superintendent of Convicts quarters erected Moreton Bay
1830 Convicts build stone jetty at Cleveland Point
1830 – 32 James Nelson appointed Pilot for Moreton Bay
1830 to 1835 Captain Clunie Commandant Moreton Bay convict settlement
1830 s Dr Dunmore Lang seeks German Immigrants
1830 Female factory erected Moreton Bay settlement
1831 Nov Captain Clunie recommends Dunwich closure
1831 Surgeon’s quarters erected Moreton bay settlement
1832 – 34 William Morris appointed Pilot
1832 Convicts take Caledonia at Amity Pilot Station
1832 Military Hospital erected Moreton Bay settlement
1834 James Hexton appointed Pilot
1835 to 1837 Captain Fyans Commandant Moreton Bay convict settlement
1837 to 1839 Major Cotton Commandant Moreton Bay convict settlement
1837 Andrew Petrie appointed Foreman of Works
1838 First German Missionaries arrive in Queensland
1839 May-July   Lieutenant Gravatt Commandant Moreton Bay convict settlement
1839 to 1840 Lieutenant Gorman Commandant Moreton Bay convict settlement
1839 Penal settlement at Moreton Bay closed
1840 Oct 19 First drays brought over Cunningham’s Gap
1840 s to 1880 Coochiemudlo  known as Innis Island
1840 First free settlers arrive in Brisbane
1842 March      Sir George Gipps visits Moreton Bay settlement
1842 Moreton Bay opened to free settlers
1843 August 9 First land sale in Brisbane
1843  – 1847 Catholic Mission at Dunwich
1846 Bramble surveys north entrance to Moreton Bay
1846 Brisbane declared a Port of Entry
1846 July 20 Moreton Bay proclaimed a warehousing port
1846 Schooner Coolangatta wrecked
1846 Jun 29 First steamer between Brisbane & Ipswich
1846 Remnants of Ngugi tribe moved to Stradbroke Island
1846 Jun 20 Moreton Bay Courier established
1847 Jun 23 Captain Frederick Freeman appointed Harbour Master
1847 Alfred Winship erects light on pole at Cleveland
1847 Mar 11 The Sovereign wrecked South Passage bar
1847 Apr 24 Moreton Bay Courier publishes sailing directions for northern entrance to Moreton Bay
1848 Pilot Station moved from Amity to Cowan
1848 to 1909  Pilot station at Bulwer
1848 Dec 13 First Government emigrant ship Artemisia arrives Moreton Bay
1849 Jan 21 Migrant ship Fortitude arrives Moreton Bay
1849 Oct 31 First exile ship Mount Stuart Elphinstone arrives Moreton Bay
1849  Migrant ship Lima arrives Moreton Bay
1849 Migrant ship Chaseley arrives Moreton Bay
1849 Mission at Nundah ends
1849  Taylor Winship arrives in Brisbane
1849 Brisbane declared a Warehousing Port
1850 A Customs House erected.
1850 D.McConnell builds Bulimba House
1850  First import of Chinese Labour to Moreton Bay
1850 Nov 14 First bank opened Moreton Bay colony
1850 Aug The Emigrant quarantined at Dunwich
1850 s Queensland gold rushes
1850 Dec 12 Cleveland township established
1850s ? Fernandez Gonzales settles at Amity Point
1851 NSW Steam Navigation Act was extended to include Moreton Bay.
1851 First wool shipped from Brisbane to London
1851 First Circuit Court in Moreton Bay District
1851 Aug 4    James Warner surveys land at Cleveland Point
1853 Steam Navigation Board appointed at Brisbane
1853 Francis Bigge builds dwelling Ostend at Cleveland
1853 Oct 31 Countess of Derby wrecked South Passage
1854 Jan 15   Brig Courier burnt off Cleveland Point
1854 Jan 29   First shipment of cotton exported from Brisbane
1855 William Pettigrew establishes first steam saw mill in Brisbane
1855 Nov 21 Brig Venus wrecked Freeman’s Channel
1856 Phoebe Dunbar runs aground near Amity
1858 Bay Historian, Thomas Welsby born
1856 Cape Moreton lighthouse constructed
1859 June R.B.Sheridan appointed Shipping Master at Brisbane
1859 to 80s Bigge rents Ostend to Government as lockup & courthouse
1859 Lytton township established
1859 Dec 10   Queensland officially separated from NSW
1860 First Manly land purchases (by W.D.White)
1860 Nov 13  First Manly land purchases (by Thomas Jones)
1861 First road surveyed Brisbane to Sandgate
1861 Queensland Water Police established
1861 Apr 11  First telegraph message sent Brisbane to Ipswich
1862 The Erin-Go-Bragh brings first Irish Immigrants
1862 Baxters Oyster Saloon patronised by Governor Bowen
1862  First telegraph link Brisbane & Sydney
1862 May 31  First land sales Redcliffe agricultural reserve
1862 Capt Louis Hope crushes sugar at Ormiston
1863 Robert Towns starts Kanaka labour (blackbirding)
1863 Capt Hope imports Kanakas for cotton
1863 Land sales at Bulwer
1864 Wooden lighthouse constructed at Cleveland Point
1864 Walrus built by Taylor Winship, Cleveland Point
1864 Dunwich quarantine station officially closed
1864 John Watson starts Bulimba Ferry service
1864 Sep 9    First sugar from Capt Hope’s Ormiston mill
1864 Jul 25   Redcliffe & Scarborough land surveys
1864 Aug 8   Telegraph Station opened at Dunwich
1864 May Dunwich Benevolent Asylum established
1864   Cable Cleveland – Dunwich-Cape Moreton
1864 Mar 24  Woody Point land survey completed
1864  Dec 1 Great fire of Brisbane
1864 Crouch Bros begin fishing Moreton Bay
1864 Lota House built for William Duckett White
1865 approx  Loggers float rafts from Tweed to Brisbane
1865 Jul 31 First Queensland railway from Ipswich to Grandchester opened
1865 Nov 29  First gaslight in Brisbane
1865 Oct 7    Company formed to construct Sandgate pier
1865 to 1874  Periodic ships quarantine at Peel Island
1865 Cleveland Point jetty constructed (running east)
1865 Dunwich reopened for quarantine emergency
1865 Pigs, goats, and horses released Moreton Island
1866 William Street Immigration Depot opened
1866 Pastor Haussmann opens first school in Beenleigh
1866 Quarantine station opened at St Helena
1867 St Helena declared a prison
1867 Dunwich Benevolent Asylum officially opened
1868 John Willes buys salt works Russell Island
1870 Humpybong progresses as seaside resort
1870 First ferry across Logan River
1870 s German warship Gazelle quarantined  Peel Island
1871 Agricultural Society votes for Kanaka labour
1872 Oct 23   First cable message from Brisbane to London
1872 Sandgate Baptist Church constructed
1872 Oct 28   Post Office in Brisbane completed
1872 May 31   Young Australia wrecked North Point
1873 Lammershagen quarantined at Peel Island
1873 Brisbane River floods
1873 Signal & telegraph Station opened South Passage
1873 Queensland’s first Health Act passed
1873 Dr Challinor appointed Health Officer, Port of Brisbane
1873 Friedeburg quarantined at Peel Island
1874 Moreton Bay divided into oyster leases
1874 Jun 15   Victoria Bridge opened
1874 to 1912  quarantine station transferred to Peel Island
1875 June 14   Railway Brisbane to Ipswich opened
1875 First land sales at Southport
1875 Mar 18  Barque St.Magnus founders off Cape Moreton
1876 to 1877  Wharf built at Doughboy Creek
1876 School at Woongoolba opened
1876 Jan 13   Tender for South Brisbane graving dock let
1876  Cape Moreton Provisional School established
1877  Sir William Jervois selects Lytton as site for fort
1877 Charles Dickens quarantined at Peel Island
1877 to 1963  Moreton Bay Oyster Company in operation
1877 Government wharf at Petrie Bight opened
1877 May 13  Great tidal wave on Australian coast
1877  Windsor Castle quarantined at Peel Island
1877 South Brisbane Graving Dock built
1878 Signal & telegraph Station opened at Bulwer
1878 Bay View Hotel, Scarborough constructed
1878 Western Monarch quarantined at Peel Island
1878  Lammershagen quarantined at Peel Island
1878 Friedeburg quarantined at Peel Island
1878 Carl Heck establishes sugar mill at Rocky Point
1879 Electric telegraph installed at St Helena
1879 Aug 30  Floods wash Victoria Baths down Brisbane. River
1879  Steamer Norseman starts visits to Woody Point
1879 Boys Reformitory established at Signal Hill
1879 Normanby  quarantined at Peel Island
1879 Red Cedar logging Blackall Ranges
1879 Clara quarantined at Peel Island
1880 s Redcliffe land boom
1880 Reg.Roe builds first Roe’s Kamp Stradbroke Island
1880 Redcliffe Hotel constructed
1880 s Daniel Colburn cattle grazing on Coochiemudlo Island
1880 s to 1900 Timber cutting at Coochiemudlo Island
1880 Feb 3    First Queensland frozen meat arrives London on Strathleven
1880 s J.Meyer establishes ferry across Nerang River
1881 Oct     Woody Point to Reef Point road constructed
1881  to 1890 Campbellville Township Coochin Creek
1881 Apr 13   SS Merkara first direct mail steamer from London arrives Brisbane
1881 Sep 10   South Brisbane Graving Dock opened
1881 Woody Point jetty constructed
1882 Southesk quarantined at Peel Island
1882 May 11  Brisbane to Sandgate railway opened
1882 Manly Beach Estate auctioned
1882 Old Pile Light begins operation
1882 Nov    President starts Brisbane to Southport service
1882 Aug 21  Arnold brothers buy Wyvenleigh
1882 Aug     Ferry service to Woody Point established
1882 -83 Sandgate Pier constructed
1882 Redcliffe & Sandgate Steam Ferry Co established
1882  The Arakoon runs Sandgate-Woody Point
1883 South Brisbane Coaling Wharves constructed
1883 to 1890  The Mavis takes timber Coochin Ck/Brisbane
1883 Oct 8 Bridge over Humpybong Creek constructed
1883-84 Sandgate Pier extended 300 feet
1883 Aug 27  Krakatoa (volcano) erupts off Java
1883 Aug 27+  Wave of water sweeps down Moreton Bay
1883 Mavis begins weekly service to Woody Pt, Scarborough. & Bribie
1883 Apr 9    Electric light installed Government Printing Office
1883 Western Monarch quarantined at Peel Island
1883 -84      The Redcliffe runs Sandgate-Woody Point
1883 Oct       Pearl runs between Woody Point & Sandgate
1883 Sep 22   First steam ferry for Brisbane River launched
1883 May 24   St Leonards Hotel, Woody Point opened
1883 First Burleigh Heads Hotel erected
1883 The Bribie carries cargo Brisbane/Caloundra
1884 Aug Redcliffe jetty construction started
1884 Feb 27   First overseas shipment of frozen beef on Dorunda
1884 Amity Point Reserve set aside
1884 Feb 17   Steam ferry punt Transit starts Kangaroo Point
1884 Sep       Garnet begins Brisbane to Humpybong
1884 Amity Point Reserve established
1884 Lucinda built by Dennys, Scotland
1884 The Redcliffe sold to W.B.Brown
1884 The Redcliffe renamed Redland Bay
1884 Redland Bay begins service to Redland Bay
1884 Oct 21   Brisbane Steamship Company formed
1884 May 24   First Humpybong Regatta
1884 Shannon quarantined at Peel Island
1885 Railway between Yerongpilly & Beenleigh
1885 First land surveys Wynnum
1885 Apr Russian War scare. Brisbane River fortified
1885 Disinfecting apparatus constructed at Peel Island
1885  Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron established (as Brisbane Sailing Club)
1885 St Helena tramway commences operation
1885 Coochiemudlo Island’s first land survey
1885 Gayundah arrives Brisbane
1885 Apr 8 First section Logan Railway opened
1885 Jul 17  First meeting Cleveland Divisional Board at Ostend
1885 Jul 25  Railway to Beenleigh opened
1885 Natone starts Brisbane to Southport
1885  Dorunda quarantined at Peel Island
1885 Oct 9   First direct Queensland sugar sent to London on Merkara
1885 Aug 26 Redcliffe jetty completed
1885 May 7    Government steamer Lucinda arrives in Brisbane
1885 Brisbane Sailing Club established
1885 Kangaroo Point Immigration Depot completed
1886 Grand Hotel erected at Southport
1886 Base for Naval stores established at Kangaroo Point cliffs
1886 Dunwich jetty extended for Otter
1886 First land sales at Amity
1887 Merkara quarantined at Peel Island
1887 Captain John Burke founds shipping Company
1887 First land sales at Bribie
1887 The Scottish Prince wrecked
1887 Jan 19 Barque George R.Crowe burnt Brisbane River
1887 Cleveland Point jetty constructed (running west)
1888 to 1904 Second Burleigh Heads Hotel in operation
1888 J.Meyer establishes Main Beach Hotel
1888 Jan 24   First Crown Land sales at Coochiemudlo
1888 to 92 Kianawah Divisional Board in operation
1889 Pimpama Island State School opened
1889 Jul 25    Beenleigh-Southport railway opens
1889 Mar 7     Natone begins service to Redcliffe and Woody Pt from Brisbane
1889 Jul 16   Barque Gerd Heye wrecked off Moreton Island
1889 Aug 7 Grand Aquarium at Queensport opened (succumbed to 1893 flood)
1889 Nov 1   Railway to Cleveland opened
1890s J.H.Wherrett’s boat building yard established
1890 Annual export of oysters had grown to 12,906 bags (each of 120 dozen)
1890 Stradbroke aborigines moved to Bribie
1890 Nov 11  Kate run down near old Pile Light
1890  Feb     Railway Caboolture to Landsborough
1890 Mar 10 Brisbane River floods
1890 James Campbell & Sons move to Albion
1891  James Quigley isolated with leprosy at Dunwich
1891 Mar 27-9 Australian Constitution drawn up on Lucinda Hawksbury River
1891 Dec 3   Brisbane Steamship Co renamed Humpybong SS Co
1891 to 1893 Economic depression in Queensland
1892 to 1902 Wynnum Divisional Board in operation
1892 John Hargreaves establishes jam factory at Manly
1892 First shipment of canned pineapples exported
1892 Lazarets opened at Friday Is & Dunwich
1892 Queensland Leprosy Act proclaimed
1892          Bribie aborigines moved to Moongalba
1892 Apr 4 Schooner Bellinger driven ashore Swan Bay
1893 ?        Cell Block at Peel Island completed
1893 New Farm Sugar Refining wharf constructed
1893 ?        Stone jetty at Peel Island completed
1893 Feb 13  Second flood in Brisbane River
1893 First Caloundra light house built
1893 Main Beach Hotel burnt down
1893 Feb 1 The Dicky wrecked at Caloundra
1893 Feb 4   Brisbane River floods (great damage)
1893 Feb 5 Indooroopilly rail bridge washed away
1893 Feb 6   Victoria bridge washed away
1893 Feb 17 Third flood in Brisbane
1894 Marine Department established
1894 Feb 24 Barque Aarhus wrecked Smith’s Rocks
1894  Cambus Wallace wrecked (Jumpinpin)
1894 Mar 14 Schooner Grace Darling wrecked Bulwer
1895 Jul 19 New Indooroopilly rail bridge opened
1896 Dunwich Victoria Hall opened
1896 Bribie light houses built
1896 Jan 13   Ferry Pearl capsizes in Brisbane River
1896 Oct 1    Downstream half  of Victoria bridge opened
1896  Second Caloundra light house built
1896 Aug 6 First electric tram landed in Brisbane
1897 Sandgate’s Gordon Sailing Club established
1897 deepwater wharf established at Pinkenba (formerly Boggy Creek).
1897 Dec 20   Steamer Mystery wrecked Southport Bar
1897 Norman Wright & son set up camp on Coochiemudlo Island
1897 to 1900 Norman Wright & son, Norman, farm Coochiemudlo Island
1897 May 1 Sandgate to Shorncliffe railway extension
1898 Main Beach Hotel rebuilt
1898 to 1914 Two mullet factories operate at Bribie
1898  Third Caloundra light house built
1898  Jumpinpin breakthrough
1899 Bubonic plague victims interred Gibson Island
1899 Nov 1 First Queensland contingent leaves for  Boer War
1900 Aug 28 Emerald begins run to Redcliffe and Woody Pt from Brisbane
1901 Population of Brisbane reaches 122,210
1901 Commonwealth Government acquires Lytton area
1901 May 9    First Federal Parliament opened
1901 Dec 26 Roxana capsizes Moreton Bay (9 drowned)
1901 White Australia Policy inaugurated
1902 Oct 31 Completion of Pacific cable
1902 Brisbane officially declared a city
1902 Transpacific cable link to Main Beach
1902 Pinkenba wharf constructed (meat export)
1902 Prosperity wrecked off Point Lookout
1902 to 12 Wynnum Shire Council in operation
1902 Brisbane Sailing Club becomes RQYS
1902 Apr 10  First cable message Queensland to Fiji
1902 Feb 1 First auction sales of wheat in Brisbane
1903 Aug28  Brisbane Tug Co formed
1903 Sep 14   Nerang-Tweed railway opens
1904 to 1906 Agriculture attempts at Peel’s Quarantine Station
1904 CSR establishes its refinery at New Farm
1905 Aug 31 First Orient Liner arrives Brisbane
1905 Sisal Hemp growing started at St Helena
1906 Sep 13 Dalgety’s Wool Store Bulimba opened at New Farm
1906 Peel Island’s quarantine station closed
1907 Last  South Sea Islanders (kanakas) deported
1907 Peel Island Lazaret opened
1907  Dalgetys Wharf built at New Farm
1907 May Humpybong SS Co Ltd becomes H.SS Co
1907 Mar 18  Brisbane Fish Markets opened
1908 Old Age Pension introduced
1908  circa   Maloney’s fish cannery on north end Bribie Island
1908 T & E Noyes settle Karragarra Island
1909 Pocksley runs Olivene Sandgate-Woody Pt
1909  Bulwer Pilot Station closed
1909   Norman Wright starts shipbuilding business
1909 to 1914 Henley-on-Brisbane regattas on Brisbane River
1909 to 1961  Chelmsford boarding house in operation at Southport
1910 Railway Wharf at Pinkenba extended
1910    Humpy Bong Steamship Co buys Olivene
1910 to1916   Inebriate Home at Peel Island
1910 to 1928 Olivene & Beryl on Sandgate to Woody Point run
1911 Jun 8   North Pine Railway Station becomes Petrie r/s
1911 Hotel Currumbin erected
1911 Febr 3 Brisbane Tug Co now Brisbane Tug & Steamship Co
1911 Dec 25 Koopa firsts visits Woody Pt & Redcliffe
1912 Humpybong Steam Ship Service ceases operation on Brisbane River
1912 First simultaneous strike in Brisbane involving 43 Unions, lasts 7 weeks
1912 to 25 Wynnum Town Council in operation
1912 Sandgate Town Hall completed
1912 Feb 14  Sandgate Yacht Club formed
1912  Brisbane River Bar cutting finished
1912 Tripcony’s Kauri starts cargo Brisbane/Caloundra
1912 Welsby’s Moreton Bay League formed
1912 Jetty built at Bongaree (Bribie)
1913 New Pile Light built
1914 Pilot vessel Matthew Flinders arrives Moreton Bay
1914 Aug 4 Outbreak of World War I
1914 May 1 Emerald withdrawn from service
1914 Jul 1 John Willes first postmaster Russell Island
1915 Dunwich Provisional School proclaimed
1908  circa   Maloney’s fish cannery on north end Bribie Island
1915 Wynnum/Manly School of Arts built as library
1916 Jan Russell Is State School opened
1916 to 1932 Dutton Park swimming baths in operation
1917 Harry Sullivan founds tug & shipping co
1917 Quarantine station transferred to Lytton
1917 The Kauri sold to Maloney Bros.
1917  Surfers Paradise Estate land subdivision marketed
1918 State controlled fish market & cold storage built at South Brisbane
1918 Wynnum Manly Agricultural. Horticultural. & Industrial Society, formed
1918 Nov 11 End of World War I
1918 to 1926 The Grace runs cargo service Caloundra to Bongaree
1918 – 1930  Hookworm campaign in Queensland
1919 First outside show of Wynnum Manly Agricultural. Show
1919 Doug Morton establishes farm at Coochiemudlo Island
1919 Jan 31 Pneumonic influenza – Queensland quarantined
1920 s Russell Island parish hall opened
1920 Pavilion erected for Wynnum Manly Agricultural. Show
1920 s Russell Island sports club opened
1920 Cabbage Tree Creek jetty constructed
1921 Bruce Phillips leases eastern section Coochiemudlo Island
1921 – 1922 Bubonic plague (64 deaths)
1922 Cold stores wharf at Hamilton completed
1922  First telephone office opened at Amity Point
1922 Sep      Telephone communication opened to Bribie Island
1922    Electricity & water connected to Wynnum/Manly
1922 Oct 16 First radio broadcast in Queensland
1923  Prickly Pear cleared at Peel Island
1923 Oct 17 First telephone Russell Island
1923 Jas Cavill builds Surfers Paradise Hotel
1924 Apr 23 First telephone Lamb Island (E.Noyes)
1925 Eagle Farm officially chosen as an airport in Brisbane
1925 Jubilee Bridge erected at Southport
1925 Oct 1    Brisbane City Council takes over Wynnum/Manly
1925 Nazareth House at Wynnum North opened as Orphanage
1925 Electric light installed at St Helena
1925  Wireless installed at Peel Island
1926 Riverside Coal Transport Company formed to carry coal from Moggill
Colliery to the City Electric Light Company’s William Street Power Station
1926 Cactoblastis caterpillar introduced  to clear prickly pear
1926  Main Ocean Road from Southport to Coolangatta constructed
1926 Platypus I positioned off Peel Island
1926 Apr 22 Radio 4QR begins transmission
1926 Currumbin & Tallebudgera Creeks bridged
1926 Russell Island school moved to north end of island
1927 Pilot vessel John Oxley arrives Moreton Bay
1927 Pier Theatre constructed at Southport
1927 Bridge built at Loganholme
1928  Humpy Bong Steamship Co ceases operations
1928 Brett and Company lease part of the Hamilton industrial estate and
establish a new company, Bretts Wharves and Stevedoring Company.
1928 Jun 27 The New Farm Powerhouse, built by the City Council, opened. It supplied
the tramways, other Council operations and some suburban consumers.
1928 Jul Electricity connected to Redcliffe Peninsula
1930 s Bert Clayton builds guest house at Point Lookout
1929 Department of Harbours and Marine established
1929 Regent Theatre opened
1930 -35 Relief workers build sea wall at Sandgate
1931 Jan Russell Island school becomes RKLM Is school
1931 Cannon Hill Cattle saleyards opened
1932 Mangroves, bog and salt pan behind the Hamilton training wall drained.
This was the first step in the reclamation of the Hamilton and Pinkenba
areas which commenced about 1930.
1932  Lighthouse constructed at Point Lookout
1932  Wynnum wading pool opened
1932  Cylinder beach shed constructed
1932 Dec St Helena prison closed
1932 Mar 30 William Jolly Bridge opened
1933 Brisbane’s population exceeds 300,000
1934   Bert Clayton begins bus Amity to Point Lookout
1935 Oct 14 Hornibrook Highway opened
1935 Hayles Bros start launch service Brisbane to Amity
1935 Apr 30 Story bridge contract let
1935 Riverside Coal Transport Co wins contract to supply Brisbane City Council
with sand and gravel for the concreting in of tramway tracks.
1936 Walter Taylor bridge at Indooroopilly opened.
1936   Wynnum Manly Agricultural Show disbanded
1936  First Surfers Paradise hotel burnt down
1936 Pier Hotel, Cleveland Point, destroyed by fire
1937 reclamation at Hemmant nearly above high water level
1937 QCL coral dredging Mud Island started
1937 Second Surfers Paradise Hotel erected
1938 Federal Government’s flying boat base established at Parker Island
1938 River Road renamed Coronation Drive in honour of King George VI.
1939 Phillips establishes farm at Coochiemudlo Island
1939 Sep 3 World War II commences
1939 Evans Deakin shipyard set up at Kangaroo Point
1940  Peel’s Aboriginal patients moved to Fantome Island
1940 Jul 6    Story Bridge officially opened
1940 Gun emplacements built at Bribie
1941 Jetty built at Coochiemudlo Island
1941 Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour
1942 anti submarine booms built across Brisbane River at Lytton and South
Passage entrance to Moreton Bay
1942 Rufus King wrecked on South Passage Bar
1942 May 2   Battle of Coral Sea begins
1943 Aug 18   Koopa requisitioned by RAN
1943 May 14   Centaur torpedoed off Point Lookout
1943 to 1944 Third Australian Water Transport Group train at Coochiemudlo Island
1944 Sep 16   Cairncross graving dock opened
1944 Brisbane’s population boosted by 70,000 as service personnel were
posted to city
1945 reclaimed land at Hamilton developed for the Royal Navy as a repair base
1945  Aug 15  World War II ends
1945 Artist Ian Fairweather’s first stay on Bribie Island
1945  Moongalba school closed
1945 Peel Island’s Recreation Hall opened
1946 Dec 1    E.Noyes appointed first post master Lamb Island
1946 Benevolent Asylum closed at Dunwich
1946 Oct 768 inmates transferred from Dunwich to Eventide
1946 Moreton Tug and Lighter Company occupied part of the old John Burke
Wharf at South Brisbane and brought coal down the river to the power
stations at Bulimba
1947  Doctor’s residence completed at Peel Island
1947 Feb Koopa resumes service to Bribie Island
1947 Jan Free school boats to RKLM school started
1947 Promin (Leprosy ‘cure’ ) introduced Peel Island
1947 Electric generators installed at Peel Island
1947 Jun 12   Dunwich Benevolent Asylum officially closed
1947 Immigration Reception Centre established at Kangaroo Point to cater for
displaced persons from Europe
1948 E.A.Cullen’s River training walls from Victoria Bridge to Luggage Point
almost complete
1948 Telephone installed at Coochiemudlo Island
1948 Western jetty built at Peel (short version)
1948  Cinematograph installed at Peel Island
1949 Pile Light wrecked
1949 Mar 31  Wireless telephone Russell Island
1940s – 50s   Mineral sand mining of Gold Coast beaches
1950 to 1957  Pullen’s orange orchard operates on Coochiemudlo Island
1950 Buffalo Lodge consecrated at Peel Island
1950 Nov 27 New Russell Island store & Post Office completed
1950 to now  Mineral sand mining North Stradbroke Island
1950 Russell Island picture theatre opened
1950 Oct 16   Russell Island store & PO destroyed by fire
1951 to 1960s Mineral sand mining South Stradbroke Island
1952  New patients’ dining room at Peel Island Lazaret
1952 Jun 6    Tangalooma whalers begin operation
1953 First stage of Tennyson Powerhouse
1953  to 74   Ian Fairweather lives on Bribie Island
1955 ‘The Walk’ shopping arcade opens in Surfers Paradise
1954 wireless station erected at Lytton for use of the pilot service.
Later designated as the Control Tower for the Port of Brisbane
1954 Oct 15 Pilot vessel Matthew Flinders arrives from England
1954 Nov 10 Matthew Flinders commissioned
1955 Dredge Groper replaces Maryborough
1955 Dredge Tridacna replaces Mourilyan
1956 500 feet of new wharf completed next to that leased by BHP
1956 Mineral sand mining Moreton Island
1957  First vehicular ferry Redland Bay to Dunwich
1957 to 1958  Chevron Hotel constructed at Surfers Paradise
1958 Manly Boat Harbour commenced
1958 Oct 30 Queensland Maritime Act passed by Parliament
1959 Feb 2 Queensland Maritime Act comes into force
1959 Bulk wheat terminal constructed
1959 Peel Island Lazaret Closed
1959 Riverside Estate begins Nerang River development
1959    Leprosy Act of 1892 replaced
1959 Jan 22   Ormiston House purchased by R.C. Church
1960s Russell Is. land development
1960 Reclamation of land at Hamilton, Eagle Farm, and Pinkenba
1960   Pullens & Mortons farms sold at Coochiemudlo Island
1960 Dick Whitehall starts ferry service to Coochiemudlo Island
1960 Dec15 A.J. (Jim) Peel appointed Director, Harbours & Marine (new position)
1961 Reclamation at Bulwer Island begins
1961 BSWD Company begins 700 foot extensions to Hamilton wharf
1961 Major land subdivision on Coochiemudlo Island
1962 Harbours and Marine Department now responsible for Local Authority
waterfront activities (moorings, boat ramps, jetties)
1962 Jul 1 Licensing of drivers of speed and water ski boats introduced
1962 Mangroves cleared at Bulwer Island and more pumping for Amoco
Refinery there
1962 Amoco and Phillips oil terminals built in Pinkenba Reach
1962 BSWD Company completes 700 foot extensions to Hamilton wharf
1962  Hotel Stradbroke built at Cylinder Beach
1962  Government calls tenders for lease of Peel Island
1962 Whaling ceased at Tangalooma
1963 Government abandons plans for Peel Island
1963 Bribie bridge opened
1963 Moreton Bay Oyster Company wound up
1963 Cleveland rail line closed
1963 Nov 5 Suction cutter dredge Saurian commenced work
1964 May 23 First shipment of Moonie crude oil from Ampol Terminal wharf, Lytton
1964 Myora begins Redland Bay to Dunwich run
1964 Lookout begins Cleveland to Dunwich run
1964 Nerang-Tweed railway closes
1964 RQYS clubhouse moved to Manly Boat Harbour
1965 Reclamation of land at Hamilton, Parker Island, Lytton
1965 Ampol crude oil terminal completed
1965 Apr 4 First crude oil tanker Hilda Knudsen berthed
1966 Further reclamation of land at Bulwer Island, Parker Island, Hamilton and
1966 New pump-out station at Fisherman Islands
1966 Amoco refinery established at Bulwer Island and its crude oil wharf
1966 B.G.Tyrrell appointed Chief Research and Planning Engineer, Harbours &
Marine Dept.
1966 F.M. (Frank) Wilson appointed Deputy Chief Engineer, Harbours & Marine
1966  Government calls applications for Peel Island’s development
1967  Jubilee Bridge demolished at Southport
1967 Reclamation of land at Hamilton, Parker Island, and Lytton
1967 The position of Manager to the Corporation of the Treasurer was created
and filled by A.F.Hinchy
1968 Reclamation of land at Hamilton, Parker Island, Lytton, Fisherman Islands
1968 Progress in planning and construction of container handling facilities
BWWD at their Hamilton No 2 wharf
1968 DecANL terminal Newstead completed (container, unit load, roll on–roll off)
1968   Present Victoria Bridge construction begins
1968 Pee Islandl’s lazaret buildings put up for sale
1968 Dec 6 First ‘Churchie’ lease Peel Island
1969 New Victoria Bridge opened. Old bridge demolished
1969 Fourth Caloundra light house built
1969  Laser light installed Cleveland Point
1969 Dredge Sir Thomas Hiley under construction at Maryborough
1969 ANL wharf completed
1969 Austral Pacific Fertilizers Ltd complete complex at Gibson island
1969 BWWD completes container facility at Hamilton
1969 Aug Reclamation of land at Parker island completed
1970 Reclamation of land at Hamilton, Lytton, and Fisherman Islands
1970 Feb P.A.Management Consultants Pty Ltd engaged to study financial controls
and systems accounting within the Department of Harbours and Marine
1971 Dec 13   Second ‘Churchie’ lease Peel Island
1971 Sep  Town water supply connected to Coochiemudlo Island
1971  Last flying boat leaves Redland Bay
1971 Charles Carroll leases St.Helena
1971 Jun Concrete jetty built at Coochiemudlo Island
1971 Reclamation of land at Hamilton, Lytton, and Fisherman Islands
1971 Mar 29 Cabinet decides that management organisation of the Department of
Harbours and Marine be arranged into four Divisions: Port of Brisbane,
Marine Affairs, Harbours and Marine Works, Administration
1971 New Farm powerhouse ceases operating
1972 Apr 21 Premier Johannes Bjelke-Petersen opens the newly completed Cairncross
1972 Captain Cook Bridge opened
1972 Aug South Brisbane Graving Dock ceases operation
1972 Rev Robert Ament builds chapel at Coochiemudlo Island
1973 The South-east freeway opens to Juliette Street
1973 Sep  Elliot community hall opened on Coochiemudlo island
1973 Clutha Capricorn largest ship to enter Cairncross Dock
1973 Apr 27 Queensland Maritime Museum occupies former South Brisbane Dock
1973 Maynegrain commission grain storage and loading facility at Pinkenba
1973 Port of Brisbane Study undertaken
1973 Reclamation of land at Lytton and Fisherman Islands
1974 Jan Brisbane River floods
1974 May Port of Brisbane Strategic Plan submitted to Cabinet
1974 Reclamation of land at Hamilton, Lytton, and Fisherman Islands
1975 Construction begins on Queensland Cultural Centre
1975 Maynegrain completes silica sand storage shed at Pinkenba
1975 new service road built at Bulwer Island for Queensland Cement and Lime
1975 Reclamation of land at Hamilton, Lytton, and Fisherman Islands
1976 Reclamation of land at Hamilton, Lytton, and Fisherman Islands
1976 Rendel and Partners complete Master Plan for Port of Brisbane
1976 Apr Bill tabled to establish Port of Brisbane Authority
1976 Sep 22 Legislation to establish the Port of Brisbane Authority
1976 Dec 6 Port of Brisbane Authority Act becomes effective
1976 Dec 17 First Board meeting of the Port of Brisbane Authority
1976  Port at Fisherman Islands started
1976 Evans Deakin shipbuilding yard at Kangaroo Point closed
1977 Apr 8 First contract let to Thiess Bros P/L to build access route from Mainland
across Boat Passage to Fisherman Islands
1977 Dec 5 Access causeway to Fisherman islands opened
1978 Aug Water and sewerage pipelines to Fisherman Islands completed
1978 Leprosy ward (S12) closed at PA Hospital
1978 Aminya Gardens Restaurant opened Coochiemudlo Island
1979 St.Helena gazetted National Park
1980 Newstead wool stores redundant
1980 St.Helena gazetted Historic Area
1980 The Maritime Museum opened at the old South Brisbane Drydock
1980 Work begins on the Gateway Bridge
1980 Jul 31 Telfer & Co complete rail structure for crane at No 1 terminal, Fisherman
1980 Sep 10 Roche Bros complete pavement in terminals areas, Fisherman Islands
1980 Oct 23 Evans Deakin complete two 36/64 tonne container cranes, Fisherman
1980 Oct 30 Hornibrook Group complete 48 m extension to original 552m wharf plus a
200 tonne mooring dolphin, Fisherman Islands
1980 Nov Queensland Rail completes track and signals and loop lines at Fisherman
1980 Nov Leasee of No 1 terminal (Brisbane Amalgamated Terminals Limited)
completes all major building works
1980 Nov 15 No 1 terminal officially opened, Fisherman Islands
1981 Aug 9 Columbus Queensland is first ship to use No 1 container terminal,
Fisherman Islands
1981/82 BWWD amalgamates operational and marketing services with Brisbane
Amalgamated terminals Limited
1982 Railway extended from Manly-Lota-Thorneside
1982 Sep Queensland Bulk Handling Ltd accepted as operator of transitional coal
facility at Fisherman Islands
1983 Two container terminals at Fisherman Islands completed
1983 Completion of bulk coal export facility operated by Queensland Bulk
Handling P/L, Fisherman Islands
1983 Completion of bulk cement import installation (operated by Sunstate
Cement Ltd) , Fisherman Islands
1983 After 85 years of pumping fill, the Hamilton/Pinkenba reclamation is
1983 Water taxi begins Cleveland to One Mile
1983 to 1988  QCL coral dredging St.Helena
1984 Apr 28 Opening of Brisbane Seafarers’ Centre at Fisherman Island (to be
operated jointly by the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches),
1984 Mar 12 Brisbane Amalgamated Terminals Ltd issued with a ‘permit to occupy’ No
2 terminal, Fisherman Islands
1984 Sunstate Cement completes silo and bulk cement unloading equipment
mounted on the coal wharf, Fisherman Islands
1983/4 Study conducted to examine feasibility of using North East Channel as an
alternative to the North West Channel as entrance to Moreton Bay
1984 Brisbane Amalgamated Terminals Limited decides to close its Hamilton
facilities and centralise through No 1 terminal at Fisherman islands
1984 Oct 15-17 Container crane from Hamilton terminal transferred by ship to No 2 wharf
at Fisherman Islands
1985 Jun Sunstate Cement clinker grinding plant completed, Fisherman Islands
1985 Jun Riverside Coal Transport Co P/L commences barging export coal from
Tivoli Mine at Ipswich
1985 Jul CSR bulk sugar export terminal at Colmslie due to be operational
1985 Commencement of third container terminal upstream from Nos 1 and 2,
Fisherman Islands on behalf of Patrick Operations P/L
1985 Reclamation of land at Whyte Island fronting the Boat Passage for future
use by tugs etc
1986 First Gateway Bridge completed
1986  St.Helena National Park open to public
1986 Proposed start of construction work at Whyte Island
1986 Apr 14 Bulk Grains (BGQ) export terminal officially opened, Fisherman Islands
1986 May 27 SCL commissions cement bagging plant, Fisherman Islands
1987 Aug 17 Cairncross Drydock closed
1987 Dec 15 Official opening of Queensland Tug and salvage Co P/L ‘s terminal at
Whyte island
1987 Dec Patrick’s terminal (No 3 wharf), Fisherman Islands becomes operational
1987   Moreton Island mining leases relinquished
1988 World Fair, Expo 88 held at South Bank
1988 Redland Council to approve plans for all new Coochiemudlo Island homes
1988 ANL ‘s Bass Trader withdrawn from service leaving Brisbane without a
coastal shipping link
1989 Department of Harbours and Marine merged into Queensland Transport as
its Maritime Division
1989 Pilot service privatised
1989 Port Authority under a land exchange agreement with Ampol hands over
Fort Lytton to National Parks and Wildlife Service
1989 Aug 25 Patrick’s terminal container crane handed over for operation, Fisherman
1989 Dec 4 Sister Port agreement signed between Brisbane and Klang (Malaysia)
1989 Brisbane City Council’s Year of the Bay
1989  Bribie Island National Park declared
1989 Fort Lytton gazetted a National Park
1990 Feb 21 Operations Depot officially opened at Whyte Island
1991 Decision to link Fisherman Islands port to Acacia Ridge by standard rail
gauge. Expected completion by July 1994
1991 Jul 18 Container wharves No1 and No2, Fisherman Islands opened by the
1991/2 Enterprise Based Agreements finalised
1991/2 Addition of container cranes at Conaust terminal at Hamilton and at
Brisbane gateway terminal at Fisherman islands, and a mobile slewing
crane at Strang Patrick Maritime Wharves
1991 50% North Stradbroke to be declared as National Park
1992 Key Port Brisbane strategic plan released
1992 Environmental studies of Fisherman Islands commissioned
1992 Bund completed between Fisherman islands and Bishop Island
1992 Sep Cairncross slip reopens under new operator Brisbane Slipways
1992 Oct Government names Marinet P/L as the preferred tenderer for the
reopening of Cairncross Dockyard
1992 Dec 4 Car Compounds of Australia P/L open vehicle processing compound at
1993 Jan Cabinet endorses Key Port Brisbane Strategic Plan to 2005 and Beyond
1993 Peel Island proposed as National Park & Heritage Area
1993 96% Moreton Island as National Park
1993  Poet, Oodgeroo Noonuccal dies
1993 ‘Churchie’ surrenders lease on Peel Island
1993  Native Title claim on Peel Island
1993 Moreton Bay Marine Park declared
1994 Mar Agreement to lease Cairncross Dockyard signed with Keppel Cairncross
Shipyard Australia Ltd
1994 Fisherman Islands Container Park P/L approved to operate first container
park at Fisherman Islands
1994 Smith Brothers Trade and Transport awarded lease to build transport
terminal at Fisherman Islands
1994 Mar Work commences on Rail Intermodal terminal, Fisherman Islands
1994 May Port Drive Overpass completed, Fisherman Islands
1994 Jul 1 Port of Brisbane Authority to be renamed Port of Brisbane Corporation
1994 Jul 1 Port of Brisbane Authority Act of 1976 replaced by Government Owned
Corporations Act 1993
1994 Jul 1 Harbours Act 1995 replaced by Transport Infrastructure Act 1994
1994  Rail link Beenleigh to Helensvale opened
1995 Mar 1 Environmental Protection Act 1994 comes into effect
1995 Jun 5 Port of Brisbane Corporation employees granted representation to
Maritime Unions (the Maritime Union of Australia, the Australian Maritime
Officers Union, & the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers)
1995 Rail Intermodal terminal completed (now known as the Brisbane
Multimodal terminal (BMT)
1995 A third container park, Moreton Bay Container Park, approved, Fisherman
Islands. To be operated by Port Botany Container Depot P/L
1995 Dredger Pearl River commissioned
1995 Jan Decision to develop unused Cold Store site at Hamilton as Cruise terminal
1995 Oct 1 Patrick The Australian Stevedore granted exclusive use of Container
Terminal 1, Fisherman Islands
1995 Completion of three year environmental baseline study, Fisherman Islands
1996 Mar Ramsar convention held in Brisbane
1996 ‘City Cat’ ferries introduced on Brisbane River
1997 dredging operators ceased all sand and gravel extraction from the
Brisbane River. Some dredging continued but only navigational dredging
and extractive dredging at the mouth of the river
1997 Nov P&O Ports’ terminal due for completion
1998 Wharf 7 and terminal completed, Fisherman Islands
1998 Pivot Ltd and Summit Fertilizers establish distribution facilities at Port of
1998 Port of Brisbane Corporation head office facilities moved from Brisbane
CBD to Fisherman Islands
1998 Port of Brisbane Corporation is part of a consortium which successfully
bids for Brisbane Airport
1998 Aug Sea-Land commences operations at Fisherman Islands
1998 FH Transport’s Australian Eastern Seaboard Distribution Centre
commences operations at Fisherman Islands
1998 Chalmers Commodities opens depot at Hemmant
1998 Globex opens new facility at Pinkenba
1998 Port of Brisbane Corporation donates $750,000 to new Moreton Bay
Research Station and Study Centre on North Stradbroke Island
1998 The first Brisbane River Festival held
1999 Island Packing and Storage opens storage and packing facility at
Fisherman Islands
1999 Fleet Fit occupies vehicle precinct
1999 Port of Brisbane Corporation’s Land Development Strategy launched
1999 Port of Brisbane Corporation’s Environmental Management Scheme
(EMS) introduced
1999 Environmental lake constructed at Fisherman Islands
1999 May Peel Island’s western jetty demolished
2000 Berth 8 commenced at Fisherman Islands
2000 Sep Queensland Fire and Rescue Authority Training Academy commissioned
at Whyte Island
2000 Nov Dredge SD Brisbane commissioned
2000 Nov Visitors’ Centre at Fisherman Islands opened
2000 Nov NQX Freight Systems opens at Eagle Farm
2001 Tug towing interests of Howard Smith Industries sold to Adsteam Marine
2001 Feb Asia Pacific Aerospace begins operating at Eagle Farm
2001 Goodwill pedestrian bridge opened
2001 Sep 11 Twin Towers in New York destroyed by terrorists
2002 Security Manager appointed at Port of Brisbane
2002 Agreement with Patrick Corporation to relocate motor vehicle and break-
bulk facilities from Hamilton to Fisherman Islands
2002 Australian Customs leases land at Port of Brisbane Business Park stage 2
2002 Faulkner Collins Australia P/L leases land at Eagle Farm Industrial Estate
2002 The Warehouse Group to construct warehouse and distribution centre at
Port of Brisbane Business Park
2002 Port of Brisbane Authority opens Visitors Centre at Fisherman Islands
2003 Port of Brisbane Security Committee formed
2003 Port of Brisbane Corporation sponsors many environmental and
community groups
2003 Approval for International Cruise Terminal at Hamilton
2004 Jul Port of Brisbane Corporation adopts International Ship and Port Facility
Security Code
2004 Construction of Future Port Expansion seawall commenced
2004 Northshore Hamilton officially launched
2008 Berth No 10 at Fisherman Islands due for completion
2010 Second Gateway Bridge opened