Sometimes it is difficult to imagine the area without all the modern roads. A comparison with this map shows that the area around the Bald Hills Station was one of the first areas to be sub-divided.
In 1951 another land development was under scrutiny
They want their land
MORE than 100 property owners at Bald Hills last night protested against a City Council proposal to
resume about 30 acres of land sold recently for building lots. The Bald Hills Progress Association secretary (Mr. C. Manuel) said a subcommittee was formed to ascertain all the facts, and if justified to call a further meeting to build up a 'fighting fund' to protect the rights of 250 owners of building lots. A City Council alderman said yesterday that most of the land which had been bought in the area between Palmer and Musgrave streets and the railway line was lowIying and 'subject to flooding in any kind of rain,' It was unsuitable for home building. No decision had yet been made by the council to resume it.
Researching the old maps takes time. This link to the State Government records may open the Aspley maps of 1930,
Meanwhile in Bracken Ridge, there were land sales happening as the farmers or their beneficiaries, sub-divided their large blocks into smaller lots. With that comes changes to the original Portion/Lot numbers
The Ferguson Farm is one example of that! As to is the Carr Farm. Their land was sub-divided sometime pre-World War I.
Another lot to follow was the land owned by George Alexander Hope
From the description of the land, it was on the Bald Hills to Sandgate Road, equidistance between the two railway stations, and comprised 101 acres. That would most likely have been the original holding of George Alexander Hope. From the map, it was subdivided into 10 acre parcels by 1930.
One person who must have been purchasing lands in 1919 was John Brown. He purchased a sub-division of Portion 100, the land belonging to George Hope.
The lots were Sub 2 and 3 of Sub 1 of Portion 100. The land?
Nowdays it fronts Bracken Ridge Road, around the area of the Landscaping property, which Gavin and Sue Malherb originally purchased.
(Amid all sorts of difficulties)
The Water Reservoir at Bracken Ridge
Sometime before 1930, the Council had acquired the lands for the Reservoir. This can be seen on the map, particularly on the lands Resub 2 of Por 97, owned by James Grant.
Clearly it is shown on the map the location of two Easements, both these easements are the accesss for the lands around the Reservoir. In fact our last property was about 50 metres to the south of the Easement which leads to Norris Road. The easement to the north follows from Barrett Street, and the one on the east is from Jude Street. The map also shows the sub-divided portion which became the Carr's farm.
In the 1920's there was controversy around the operation of the Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Board.
Water Supply for Suburbs FUNDS DIVERTED, SAYS MR. BRIER
REDCLIFFE, Thursday.— Ten tenders for the construction of a water tower and reservoir, ranging from £11,900 to E1Q.496. were opened bv the Redcliffe Town Council to-day, and that of V. W. Boyle, of Rockhampton, was recommended to the Department of Irrigation and Water Supply for acceptance. The council's estimate was £12,886. The consulting engineer (Mr. J. Wilson) said that he would not accept responsibility for the work unless a separate inspector was appointed to supervise it. The council decided to call applications for the position. The council agreed to a suggested apportionment by the manager of the Brisbane City Council's water supply department (Mr. G. H. Nelson) of the cost of the temporary main to carry the supply to the Hornibrook Highway pending the construction of the Brackenridge reservoir.