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.
history of this period is told in the Anzac Tribute, and included in some of
the previous timeline.
went on for the families, they continued to do as they always did. They farmed, and hoped for good seasons, so
their crops would flourish.
now the suburb was under the control of the Kedron Shire Council, who at their
meeting in 1920, had an application for a lease on the sportsground. The state of the roads was always being questioned, there was no money to build them.
Bush track to Aspley
The Soldier's Settlement continued to dominate the
news in the early part of the decade.
contract to build the Memorial Hall was given to David Vernon Carseldine, and
he and his cousins drowned in April, at Caloundra.
The Memorial Hall was opened in August 1920
was running very high, there was no work for the men. 20 were employed on clearing the Soldiers
THE LATE MRS. MACPHERSON. May 1922
Duncan McPhersons's wife died.
death of Mrs. Macpherson, in her 86th year, after a short illness, removes one
of Queensland's pioneers, and the oldest resident of Bald Hills. The de-ceased
lady, who was born in the Isle of Skye, came to the Hunter River district with
her parents when a child. More than 61 years ago she took up her residence at
Bald Hills, where her husband, the late Mr. Duncan Macpherson, engaged in
farming. At that period the blacks were so aggressive that firearms had always
to be carried with the tools. The late Mrs. Macpberson was, 'well known and
esteemed throughout the - district. Her husband predeceased her by 23 years.
is survived by three sons, comprising Alex. (Bald Hills), Kenneth (Chairman of
the Kedron Shire), Duncan (associated with Allan and Stark), and by four
daughters :-Mesdames W. Young (Bald Hills), H. Hale, (Roma), H. Horne(?) (Northgate),
and Miss May Macpherson (Labrador, Southport),- Other living descendants are
213 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. " The funeral, which was
probably the .largest known in the district, took, place on Wednesday, to the
Lutwyche cemetery. ' The Revs. Meikle and Bagot officiated at the graveside.
The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947)Monday 16 October 1922 p 5 Article Illustrated... MEMORIAL
TREES CEREMONY AT BALDHILLS A very impressive ceremony
organised by. the BaldHills ... planting of 17 memorial
trees in honour of the members of the AIF., from the BaldHills
district,, who ...
1925 Soldiers had a win with not having to pay interest! Cost the Government over 200K
the Bald Hills. Enoggera, Highlands, Mount Gravatt and Mt Hutton Soldier
settlements, all unpaid interest -up to December 31st. 1925. will be written
off. and interest charged thereafter from January 1st, 1926.
intervening years news focused on the weather, and several road accidents, and
included a couple of rather interesting marital situations.
1930 there was consideration for Night soil collection, and the electric light
was to be installed.
PLIGHT OF SMALL FARMERS.
the monthly meeting of the Bald Hills Local Producers' Association, tho
following resolution was passed:-"That this Local producers' meeting,
representing the fruit growers, market gardeners, pig and poultry farmers of
the Bald Hills and Albany Creek districts, desire to bring under the notice of
the Agricultural Bank, Lands Department, Brisbane City Council, and Pine Shire
Council the serious and unavoidable financial position of many small farmers at
the present time, and we earnestly request that the utmost leniency be shown to
those unable to meet their interest, redemption, rent, and rate payments."
wish to point out that the main causes of the present unfortunate pos-tion of
small farmers (besides the prevailing depression) are:
Market gardeners, and particularly those on flat ground, lost practically the
whole of their winter crops of vegetables In 1930 on account of excessive
This wet weather brought in its train a fearful outbreak of plant diseases
(blight in tomato and potato crops, mildew in cucumber and melon crops, and downy
mildew la grape crops); and growers, in spite of applying every known remedy,
again lost heavily.
The season was one of the worst on record for strawberry growers; many who sent
to Brisbane market had their boxed berries dumped into the Jam factory at a
price which did not pay for picking the fruit, let alone growing it.
The continued wet weather in the autumn has severely hampered growers, delaying
farming operations, and, In addition, has brought a considerable amount of
disease to tomato and bean crops. The potato crop is a failure owing to wet
weather at planting time.
Many farms were so damaged In the February .floods and the ground soured that
several months must elapse before these farms again return decent crops, and, in
addition, many farmers lost stock and equipment thereby.
(6) Both pig and poultry farmers
are seriously affected by the low prices ruling for their products; in many
cases the prices received do not pay for the cost of production."
"In view of these facts, we
earnestly request the Agricultural Bank, Lands Department, the Brisbane City
Council, and Pine Shire Council not to threaten or use undue pressure on any
farmer who is doing his best to keep his farm in order and prepare for next
season. We also ask that due consideration be given to the fact that farmers
have to meet liabilities to local business people, and they have also to
provision their homes until the next season -
am sir Sec,
Bald Hills L.P.A. Bald Hills, June 17.1931
TO BE ESTABLISHED IN BRISBANE. BRISBANE, Sunday. A B class radio station. to be
known as tho official broadcasting station of the Catholic, Church in
Queensland, will be established in Brisbane by a company. Broadcasters
(Australia), Ltd now being formed for
that purpose. A license has' been granted to operate the station says -the
company's prospectus- The studio will be established in the building of- G. J.
Grice, Ltd-, and the aerial masts and power house will be at Bald Hills. -. The
station -will derive its income from advertising, and the Catholic Church will be in a position to broadcast-
church services, organ' recitals, choirs, lectures, and all activities of 1 the
1951 there were serious issues about the lands at Station Estate. People had paid £60 per block in order to
build a house, then the Council rescinded all the permits, due to the low lying
again the residents had been treated unfairly.
ban I am also one of the unfortunate landowners at Station Estate. -Bald Hills,
but do not find it hard to understand why the City Council has banned building
in that area. From first hand information I am told that when the estate was
divided up and streets named by the council i there are many parts lower | than
this estate, which have been drained. We are not all fortunate enough to get
land on hilltops. — ANOTHER SUCKER.,
ON LOW LAND The City Council has taken a stand which should result in much
future benefit to home-builders. About 10 miles from the city, at Bald Hills,
there is a lot of lowlying land which always has been subject to flooding.
Recently some of this land we sold and permits were given by the Council for
homes to he built here. Inquiries on behalf of the Council showed that the
allotments were totally unsuited for home-building, and the Council has
rescinded the permits. This action. It is hoped, will be| followed by more
careful granting of permits. It is not actually the province of the Council to protect people against their own folly, but In doing
so. the aldermen will be doing a public service.
Council must stop the building off homes on mud Slats in Brisbane, Aid. Kerr
(C.M.O.,) Sandgate) said at the City Council meeting today..
of the homes had been built on low-lying land in Brisbane, which was a
disgrace, he said. He was referring to a recommendation by the Establishment
and Co-ordination Committee that land forming part of the Station Estate at
Bald Hills should be declared not capable of being drained. Some houses had
been built in the Sandgate area on low-lying areas and had been a tremendous
cost to both the owners and the Council. Aid. Kerr said. He supported the
action of the Council in stopping the building of homes on this land it Bald
Hills. He understood that some of the owners of the Bald Hills land had been given l permits to build, but work had how
been stopped. The recommendation submitted to the Council today would make
these permits null and void.
sales denied Aid. Cook (C.M.O., Nundah) denied that the Bald Hills land had
been sold by the City Council. People who contemplated buying land should
consult the City Council, said the Labour Leader (Aid. Bennett). They should check with the Council records to
find if the land they were going to buy was suitable for the purpose. Aid. Coutts
(Lab., South Brisbane) said that .it was criminal people should be permitted to
erect homes on low land of this type. The Lord Mayor (Aid. Chandler) said that
although the Council would assist purchasers of land with any information
available it was primarily the responsibility of the purchasers themselves to
ensure that the land was capable of being built on. They should consult
surveyors. He did not believe that permits had been granted for the erection of
homes on the land at Bald Hills. He would not make any comment on the question
of compensation at present. The recommendation to declare the land as being
incapable of being drained was carried unanimously.
ban It is hard to understand the City Council's determined effort to block
people building on Station Estate at Bald Hills. At least 80 percent of this
estate, including my allotment, is excellent building land, but instead of
taking each block on its individual merits, the council has rejected all
building permits, even in the higher area. These rejected plans are stamped
"under consideration for council resumption." Does the Council want
this estate for some purpose of their own, or is it that they won't face up to
their obligation to put in roads and drains? I am quite prepared to let any
council engineer inspect my allotment which is not a "mud-flat" or
"bog-hole" as claimed by the council.— NOT A SPECULATOR.
A City Council spokesman said that most of
the land between Palmer Street and the railway embankment was low-lying and
boggy, and impossible to drain. It would be impossible to drain the household
waste even from the higher land. Because of this, the Council, at its meeting
on Tuesday, decided to declare the whole area as incapable of being
In 1952 the telephone exchange opened
These photos show Telegraph Road from Gympie Road
side in 1959. Dirt roads were common in