Moreton Bay People – The Complete Collection

Moreton Bay People – The Complete Collection

Between 1990 and 2000 author, Peter Ludlow, interviewed over eighty of the bay’s ‘personalities’ and then published their stories in a series of volumes entitled ‘Moreton Bay People’. Here, for the first time, they are all brought together in a single volume: “Moreton Bay People – The Complete Collection”.

It is available direct from Boolarong Press at Boolarong

The Book:

Collected throughout the last decade of the twentieth century, these reminiscences of ‘Moreton Bay People’ provide a unique insight into the lifestyle of the Moreton Bay area during a particular time frame of history – the twentieth century.

Never again will we see a lazaret for lepers at Peel Island, a prison at St Helena, or a whaling station at Tangalooma. Hopefully, too, ‘The Bay’ will never experience another World War with its influx of foreign servicemen, or another Great Depression and its casualties seeking refuge in the bay’s islands.

With its enhanced images, full indexation, and some more previously unpublished ‘gems’ this completely re-edited edition will prove essential reading to anyone – be they reference librarians or ‘boaties’ – with an interest in Moreton Bay and its people.

Here’s the full table of contents.  As you can see, the monographs have been grouped into geographic areas of Moreton Bay, beginning with Bribie in the North and ending with the Gold Coast in the South.



  • A Healthy Neglect – Kathleen McArthur
  • Settling The Still Water Side – Ian Hall
  • That Bribie Feeling  – Adrian Dalgarno
  • A Sylvan Sketch – Lisa West
  • The House By The Sea – Ian Fairweather
  • The Road To Bribie  – Dorothy Schulte
  • Starting From Scratch – Jim Ormiston)
  • Shellgrit And Cargo – Audrey Abrahams [nee Maloney]
  • The People Of The Passage
  • The Shields Of Bribie Passage – Don Shields
  • The Bell Family – Bribie Island 1915 – 1979 – June Berry
  • Doctor At The Fort – Doctor Noel Ure
  • Fort Bribie – Stan Muller
  • Fort Bribie Revisited – John McKenna/Doctor Noel Ure
  • “Jessanarry” – The Wadsworths of Moreton Island
  • Moreton Island Miscellany
  • The Cape Moreton Provisional School – Clair Craig
  • Henry & Elizabeth Lockhard – Beth Lawler
  • A Loner Moves On – Allan Counter
  • Perceiving A Need – Frank Duffield
  • Salt Water In His Veins – Albert Jeays
  • Cremorne – John McCallum
  • The Bells Of Eventide
  • The Day We Went To Sandgate – Ray Robinson
  • A Life On The Waves – ‘Curly’ Meath
  • In War And In Peace – Jack Little
  • Keeping The Lights – Bob Emmett
  • Ferry Families – Ron Peterson
  • Bishop Island – Ted Crouch
  • S.S.”Lucinda”
  • Charlie Persson – His Early Life… – Pamela Horstman
  • The Man, The Boat, The River – Mabel Persson)
  • Roaming The Prison Island – Fred Murrie
  • A Life On Green Island – Merv Beitz
  • Large Family – Small Island – Clarrie Phillips
  • Fishing Lines – First And Last – Ron Crouch
  • Round Wynnum Creek – Ron Williams
  • The Ports Of Manly – Rowland “Snow” Port
  • Hammer and Nails – Bert Rollason
  • Manly – The Place Of Long Shadows – Stan Kenwrick
  • Around The Table – Merv Hazell
  • The Past For The Future – Merv Beitz
  • The People Of The Point
  • Edward Crowther At Oyster Point – Graham Mackey
  • Farming And Fielding – Albert Morris
  • Coming Down To The Bay – A former patient, Peel lazaret
  • Of Drunkards And Rock Pools – Ivy Rowell
  • The Most Solitary Man – Noel Agnew
  • Day’s Routine At The Peel Island Lazaret – Eric Reye/Rosemary Opala
  • Cold Turkey Canvases – William Simmons
  • Bay Service – Father Gabriel Nolan
  • Dead Branch On A Family Tree – Hilda Finger
  • A Visit To Peel Island
  • Two Men: Two Islands – Chas Carroll/Ray Cowie
  • Notes of ‘Alex’ Visit To Peel Island In The 1990s
  • Man, Mangroves…& Midges – Eric Reye
  • The Dickson Way – Bonty Dickson
  • Managing Stradbroke – Ellie Durbidge
  • Oysters In The Bilge – Ray Barrett
  • Nature’s Gentleman – Jack Borey
  • The Camp At The One Mile – Lance Watts Jnr.
  • The Dunwich Benevolent Asylum – George Ferguson
  • Across The Cultures – Vivian Cooms [nee Ruska]
  • By The Creek At The One Mile
  • Amity Tales
  • The Mysterious Sixth – Ted Jones
  • First Ferries To Coochie – Ted Jones/Rosemary Opala
  • RKLM
  • Yarnin’ The Mem’ries – Ollie Rowney
  • On The Fruit Boats – Bill Campbell
  • Three Generations At Russell Island –  David Willes
  • Farming The Bay Islands – Ken King
  • Frank Sands – Pioneer of Macleay Island – Jack Sands
  • A Farm On Lamb Island – Peggy Saunders
  • R.K.L.M. Islands As I Saw Them – John “Jock” Kennedy
  • Wildflowers Of Russell Island – Marjorie Yeo [nee Field]
  • Rocky Road To Rocky Point – Pat Heck
  • Bound For Tabby Tabby – Tom Gibson/Annie Russell
  • Roe’s Kamp – Dr Charles Roe
  • Currigee Oysters – Lil Levinge [nee Bostock]
  • Journal Extracts – Clarrie Phillips
  • Basin Engineer – John L. Humphreys
  • Playing The Banjo – Frank Willoughby

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