North Stradbroke island

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In History
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  • James Cook

    Lieutenant James Cook charted the outside of Moreton Bay and named several
    features, including Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island.
  • Matthew flinders crew

    A group of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) people helped Matthew Flinders’ crew
    find water when they came ashore near Cylinder Beach on their way back to
    Sydney. This was possibly the first black-white contact on the Island.
  • shipwreck

    Timbergetters Pamphlett, Finnegan and Parsons were shipwrecked on Moreton
    Island and spent the next eight months travelling around Moreton Bay. The
    Noonucals at Pulan (Amity Point) looked after them for nearly six weeks. They
    housed, fed and advised the trio on canoe making, and saw them off some months
    later in the craft they’d made on the island. During their time on Minjerribah
    (Stradbroke Island), the three experienced bora gatherings, and ceremonial,
    celebratory and gladatorial events.
  • Renaming

    In June Minjerribah was renamed Stradbroke Island by Governor Darling in honor
    of the Honourable Captain JH Rous, son of the Earl of Stradbroke and also
    Viscount Dunwich. Rous was commander of HMS Rainbow, the first ship of war to
    enter Moreton Bay. Darling also named Dunwich, Rainbow Reach and Rous’
    Channel.
  • Industrial revolution

    A cotton plantation was established at Moongalba (Myora).8
    It was abandoned not
    long after.9
  • January 1831-December 1832 violent altercations

    10 or more violent clashes occurred between
    Stradbroke Island Aborigines and Europeans stationed at Dunwich and Amity.
  • Quirtine

    On 16 July Dunwich was proclaimed Moreton Bay’s quarantine station. Only
    weeks later, the immigrant ship Emigrant arrived with typhus on board. The
    passengers were put into quarantine at Dunwich.21 In all, 56 people died. Many are
    buried in the Dunwich cemetery.
  • Peel island

    Peel Island was declared Moreton Bay’s official quarantine station and Dunwich
    became the permanent home of the asylum.
  • Lease

    Billy North was granted a lease over Point Lookout. For nearly 40 years, he ran
    cattle, at one stage supplying beef to the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum. He also
    operated a fish cannery at Two Mile outside Dunwich. The quality of his canned
    fish was recognised by a medal from the National Agricultural and Industrial
    Association in 1908.
  • Oystrer industry

    By this time, Moreton Bay’s oyster fisheries were slowly being destroyed by an
    outbreak of mud worm. Oystering had been the biggest seafood industry in
    southern Qld for years, employing hundreds of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal
    people over decades.47 Many oystermen lived in rough camps on the Bay Islands
    and Stradbroke. Dwellings comprised simple shacks made of bark and slab, with
    two-room cottages built as incomes improved.48
  • Prosperity ship wreck

    The Prosperity sank off Point Lookout on its way from Sydney with sugar
    machinery for Mourilyan Harbour in North Queensland. Five survivors were cared
    for at Point Lookout before returning home. In 1956 a skeleton and boot were uncovered in the sand on Deadman’s Beach, and it is believed they were the
    remains of the Prosperity’s mate or cook.49 This is the origin of the name.
  • Tourism

    Point Lookout’s first tourism venture started in the 1930s when Bert Clayton
    bought land above South Gorge to establish a guest house. The first guests were
    accommodated in tents which were slowly replaced by one-room cabins. He sold
    up in 1946 and the new owners, the Bulcocks, renamed the complex Samarinda
  • Point lookout light house

    The Point Lookout lighthouse was built. Materials for its construction were landed
    on a Point Lookout beach, and the cylinders for the light were constructed on the
    beach and carried up to the site. As a result the beach became known as Cylinder
    Beach
  • Moongalba/Myora mission

    The Moongalba/Myora mission was closed. Most residents moved to One Mile
    where the Moongalba buildings were re erected. The Moongalba families weren’t
    allowed to live in Dunwich.7
  • Point Lookout slsc

    The first life-saving patrols started at Point Lookout. The following year the Point
    Lookout club became affiliated with the Queensland Surf Life Saving Association.
    The army tent used in the early days was replaced by the club’s first permanent
    clubhouse in 1950.
  • Zinc corps

    Zinc Corp began sand mining on Stradbroke Island. The first shipment left the
    Island in 1950. The sand was shovelled by hand from Main Beach and trucked to
    Dunwich.79 The mining partly solved the unemployment problems on the Island
  • Titanium Zircon Industries

    Consolidated Rutile began mining operations. Until then Titanium Zircon Industries
    (TAZI) was the Island’s major employer.
  • Barges

    Barge Lookout began operating from Cleveland and Stradbroke Ferries began
    operating firstly the Myora and then the Moongoolba.