Where is Bracken Ridge? Halfway between Bald Hills and Sandgate, 20 klms from Brisbane and defined on all boundaries by the major northern highways of Brisbane.
In earlier times we described it as being near the Pine River, next to the Bald Hills Radio Masts, with Sandgate to the right, and either the first suburb or the last suburb on the northern outskirts of Brisbane! A bit of a secret!
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2. Louis Hope was the first European landowner in the area, and he grew sugar cane and other crops.
3. The Brown family and the Ferguson family were also important early landowners in the area
4. .Dairy became an important industry in the area, and continued to be the chief rural industry until the area became more residential.
5. The first school in the area was opened in 1957
Perhaps the answer lies in conjunction with the information from Queensland Government regarding early titling of land records. There was none!
Early History of Titling in Queensland
That made perfect sense, how many people "kept" these old deed of grants? It explained also some information that came to light in the research. This old 1858 map is from the Brisbane City Council archives.
At some time after perhaps 1865, the then current landowners names must have been recorded on the area maps, as those records were available..
Here is a map of Brisbane c1865.
John became involved in all the "male" activities, where they built, shovelled, mowed, organised and together as "teams", we all worked for the betterment of all of our children.
We always believed the property was on the Cobb and Co route to Gympie, that was another myth.
My 4th great grandmother was a Ferguson, from the same region as the Ferguson family who immigrated from Scotland.
Some have contributed their memories, and for that a huge thank you.
Not that "grandma turns everything into a history lesson"