An historical account of the history of the suburb of Bracken Ridge in Brisbane. Prior to being gazetted as a suburb in 1962, it was known as Bald Hills. Geographically it included the lands to the east of the Bald Hills Creek towards Sandgate. The lands were bought by Scottish settlers and speculators. The first mention of Brackenridge was in 1866, making the area 150 years old.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
BH 3.7 Landowners 1845 - 1855 Daniel Rowntree Somerset
Daniel Rowntree Somerset.
Daniel Rowntree Somerset was executor of the will of William John Loudon
He owned a sawmill and
property as this 1865 article shows.
To the Worshipful tho Justices of the Peace
acting in and for the District of Brisbane, in
I JOSEPH WILLIAMS
TILSON, Gentleman, now residing in Queen-street, Brisbane, do hereby give
notice that it
is my intention to apply, at tho next Special Petty Sessions to be held for
this district, on the 12th September next' ensuing, for a PUBLICAN'S LICENSE
for the Sale of Fermented and Spirituous Liquors, in the house and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situated and being
in Queen-street, Brisbane, and containing three sitting rooms and twelve
bedrooms, exclusive of those required for the use of my family.
The House is the
property of Daniel
Rountree Somerset, Esq., is not at present licensed, and which I
intend to keep as an Inn or Public house, under the sign of the " Imperial
I am married, having
a wife and two children. I have never held a licence before.-Given under my
hand this 11th day of August, 1865.
His land holdings were
Daniel Rowntree Somerset Lot 53 106.7 acres 14th April 1855
Daniel Rowntree Somerset Lot 54 106.7 acres 14th April 1855
Daniel Rowntree Somerset Lot 105 199 acres 16th April, 1855
Among the earliest settlers was Daniel
Rowntree Somerset (1858). The Brighton Hotel actually stands on a
portion of the land originally owned by Daniel Somerset.
St John's Woods lands (wikipedia)
The original St Johns Wood estate comprised an
area 67 acres (27 ha) of the portions 165 and 381, Parish of Enoggera,
part of which was originally purchased by John Frederick McDougall for a price of
£70 4s 0d on 14 September 1858.
This estate had been established as a cattle station by the Hon Mr. McDougall
who employed fencer Simon Kelly to fence its perimeter. This work was completed
by the middle of 1859.He sold portions 164 and 165 to Arthur Martin, auctioneer, during the economic
crash of the mid-1860s.
On 5 August 1864 Daniel Rowntree Somerset, Registrar of
Pensions, purchased the land with final registrations of the titles on 10 July
1865 and later on 29 August 1867 purchased portion 381 making up the total of the estate.
Somerset began to build "a magnificent
home on his landed estate" in a U-shape plan, utilising the granite from
the local hillside for the external walls and a shingle roof .and it is he who named the Estate St John’s Wood after his Son Henry St John
Somerset. He resided there for 4 years till after the death of his wife in
February 1867 where the Funeral Notice states that they are to move from his
residence St John’s Wood, Water Works Road and the marriage of his eldest
daughter Anna Sophia held at the Estate in May 1868. Daniel Rowntree Somerset acquired Portions 164
and 165 and in 1867, portion 381. The latter two portions became the suburb of
St John's Wood. Originally from Northern
Ireland, Somerset arrived in Brisbane with his wife Dora and three children
in 1850. For much of the 1850s he was a general merchant in partnership with
John Richardson and was prominent in civic affairs, including the push for Separation of Queensland from New South
Wales. In December 1859, he was appointed Chief Clerk and Shipping Master of
the Port of Brisbane, a post he held until his
retirement in 1876.