"Sometimes we just don't realise that each passing moment of our lives is one step closer to creating an historical event"
Those are words which perhaps we all should take a moment to absorb.
All the wasted opportunities of the past 50 years will one day be all those missed opportunities associated with our journey along the pathway of life.
Unfortunately it is only when we get pretty well along that pathway, that we take the time to look back and reflect.
A fellow Family historian shared her thoughts amongst those of us working on the German lineages.
I am sometimes like a broken record, I cannot say it enough when doing your family history remember to record what you know first, all your childhood experiences and memories, go through your photos and write as much as you can on the back, or create a book using power point, do not lose the now stories while searching for the history. Remember we are very quickly becoming the history, let us be the best recorded era of all times.
If you are like me, i knew my Great Grandparents, and Grandparents some of whom are the very pioneers we and others so painstakingly research. There are many who were not lucky to have met even their grandparents, if you were lucky like me please write it down.
so tip 1... is to work from the known towards the unknown.
tip 2..... have a good system for recording your information.
tip 3.... record the information as soon as you find it, never say i will get to that later and create a stash of unrecorded info and photos. We are all guilty, if your stash is growing be sure to make a full day and clear the backlog.
tip 4.....what is the purpose of your research, remember to keep your goal in mind, are you writing a book, creating a special album, or have you become obsessed.
You perhaps think this should be tip 1.... not so, it is only after we begin that we reach a point where we need to ask the all important question.
....I ask the question are family researchers/ the keeper of family records and information born or do we create ourselves ?
Is it important to have an understanding of your immediate family line? "Yes of course". Is it important that you record every twig and branch, that is a question we must all come to and find a comfortable place at where, to end our research on each branch.
tip 5....... Has this branch been put into book form already, ask around find if there are already books available and create a library of "family history" books. Cal S.
Wise words in this technological world, where photos are stored on "chips" and "clouds".
In my career, we would have taken thousands of photos, we thought it pretty good when he could at least have a large photo of a property, and not some small Kodak moment! 5 x 7 became the norm, and the photos got even bigger than that!
Where are they all? Good question, and one that I am unable to answer. Sure we often threw them out when we had a cleanup, without ever thinking that one day, those photos would be a part of history.
All those old houses, some well cared for, some not, they just became the object that we were dealing with, not a window into the past!
As it is now when following the events of the district post World War I.
The returning soldiers were offered payment by the Government based on how many days they served overseas. Then there was a scheme to provide housing in Soldier Settlements. It would appear though that many of those areas chosen were not that suitable for farming. Our grandfather had a grant at Orthollo, near Injune. Out west where the dingos outnumbered the goats and sheep. Hidden Springs it was called! It probably looked a likely place when viewing a map. Flat land, nothing around.
It didn't work. The farmers walked off their selections, in debt.
In Brisbane nothing changed. The Government selected flat lands at Wyampa, near Bald Hills, and created a Soldier's Settlement there. The lots were originally Lot 103,104 and 105, and on the 1930 map the sub-division is shown.
From the map the land owners are:
S Dixon Lot 220 57 acres
A.H. Davies Lot 221 54 acres +
H Carvell Lot 222 and 223 18 acres
S Dixon Lot 224 19 acres
R Goddard Lot 226 20 acres
P G Richens Lot 227 28 acres
T Mobbs Lot 228 22 acres
E.J. Carseldine Lot 105, 231 and 230 31+ acre
G.W. Carseldine Lot 229 232 40+ acres
D Anderson Lot 233 29 acres.
The information about the Soldier's Settlements is quite disturbing for those men, who fought in a War, to have to come home and fight another war with the authorities, all because the lands selected for soldier settlements were generally unsuited as to their intended use. The land in question is huge 500 acres, and the degree of quality of the land from the corner of Bracken Ridge Road to Deep Water Bend would indeed be quite different.
The Telegraph Newspaper of Friday 16th January 1920 advises that there is a block of 560 acres of land bought from Mr Miller at Bald Hills for the settlement of soldiers. The land is on the right hand side of the Government Road, and it belonged to Samuel Miller.
On Tuesday 20th February 1920
Mr P.W. Shannon sat in the Land Court yesterday to determine the compensation due to Samuel Miller, dairyman Bald Hills for the resumption by the Government of 565 acres of land at Bald Hills for soldiers' settlement. The land comprises portions 103, 104, and 105 and is situate at The Pocket, Bald Hills. The proposal is to cut the land into 20 acre blocks for market gardening for soldiers.
The offer was £11/6/4 per acre a prudent offer, which had been accepted by Mr Miller.
In September 1920, unemployment was high, and the Government advised they needed 20 men to clear the soldier settlements at Bald Hills.
In July 1921, there was a report Bald Hills Farms
In order to verify our report's observations on the character of the land in the soldier settlement near Bald Hills, to which exception has been taken by the Minister for Lands, and by one correspondent, (Mr G.W. Carseldine, of Bald Hills who holds one of the blocks, but has not yet taken up residence on it) the "Courier" despatched a photographer to the locality. The four views reproduced on this page are selected from a number of photographs which he took. They will assist readers to decide whether the comment published was justified or not. The scenes are typical of the settlement, of which it is admitted by the authorities that 100 acres of the total, area of 500 acres consists of salt-pan. Mr Edward Farrell one of the soldier settlers, holding 43 acres, who first drew attention to the matter declared "that the land is so bad that it is not even any use trying to grow anything"
Again which the Minister quoted official reports which declared that "the statement regarding Mr Farrell's block that there are only two acres of cultivable land is entirely incorrect, as five acres were measured out for the first clearing, and there are still approximately four acres further that can be successfully used as a market garden. The balance of the portion could be turned into good grazing land by clearing and ringbarking." A further report
He also wrote a lengthy report to the newspaper providing his viewpoint about the blocks. He was obviously successful with his grapes. Perhaps his land was not quite so bad as some of the others. His extensive family links with farming would have also given him an advantage as to the location.
He suffered a bad accident in a chaffcutter. He was an artist................
George Carseldine was a talented Queensland artist whose early promise was truncated by the effects of World War One. George William Carseldine was born at the family home 'Fairfield’, Bald Hills, Brisbane, the fourth child of a family of four girls and six boys born to Joseph and Sarah Agnes née Protheroe. He attended the Bald Hills State School and later was a student of R. Godfrey Rivers at the Brisbane Technical College.
He exhibited at the Queensland Art Society 1904-14 where he was Honorary Secretary 1912-14. He also exhibited at the rival New Society of Artists for a few years and was included in the South Australian Society of Arts Federal Exhibition 1913. He enlisted in the A. I. F. in 1914 when he was attached to 1st Australian General Hospital and served in Egypt and France holding the rank of sergeant.
Before returning to Australia he spent six months studying commercial art at the Edinburgh School of Art in 1919. The war must have had a serious effect as subsequently he only exhibited at the Queensland Art Society in 1920 and posthumously at the Society’s Golden Jubilee in 1938.
Carseldine married Emma Kate Pitney in 1924. During his earlier life he worked as a clerk for house and land agents, Cameron Bros, Adelaide Street and also at the Brisbane Markets. In later years worked a farm at Stanthorpe and later at the Bald Hills Soldier Settlement but had a nervous breakdown during the 1930s when he destroyed most .of his work.
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands
Freshwater and saltwater flooding shapes the wetlands. High tides flood the mangrove and tidal flats, creating food-rich environments for fish, crabs, molluscs and birds. Spring tides flood the saltmarshes several times every year. During major floods most of Tinchi Tamba is covered by water.
Visitors to the reserve can explore the areas by foot on the Bird Hide and Island Circuit tracks or by canoe following the Eagle and Island canoe trails. Barbecue, picnic, toilet and fishing facilities are available at Deep Water Bend.