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Each of the stories, and the historical information of the landowners confirms the true facts.
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
That statement is totally incorrect
Hope, Louis (1817–1894)
However, at Ormiston he became a major figure in establishing the colony's sugar industry. Some twenty acres (8 ha) were put under sugar cultivation with Kanaka labour from 1865 onwards. He had a mill built and in 1864 produced three tons (3.04 tonnes) of sugar and fifteen cwt (762kg) of molasses.
He supplied plants for the several experiments of John Buhôt and cuttings for plantations in the Oxley district. He also advised another sugar pioneer Claudius Whish. In August 1865 the Queensland parliament refused his petition for a grant of at least 2000 acres (809 ha), but in 1867 he was given the right to take up 2560 acres (1036 ha). Of these 1800 (728 ha) were taken up near the mouth of the Coomera River (Hope Island) and 760 acres (308 ha) at Kilcoy.
However, Aubry was installed as manager and sublet thirty acres (12 ha) to his son-in-law, Victor Noaques. Hope retained the mill and, after a dispute over the milling of Noaques's cane, a court awarded £1207 damages against Hope in May 1874.
Swearing he would never again crush a stick of cane, Hope dismantled the mill and sold it in 1875, some of the machinery going to (Sir) Joshua Bell at Jimbour. Hope retained his Kilcoy lands.
In 1882 he sold the Coomera property and returned to England where he lived at the Knowle, Hazlewood, Derbyshire. He died on 15 August 1894 at Geneva, Switzerland.
When St John's Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane was opened in 1910 the family donated a grey granite pulpit as a memorial to their parents. Ormiston House is now owned by Carmelite Sisters and on the front lawn is a memorial to Hope, erected by the sugar interests in Queensland.
In 1854 he was included on the electoral list
And like all the other landowners, he was a speculator.
In 1859, his property was described as per the following transcription....................
growth of every foreign shrub and tree therein planted was indeed most luxuriant ; and the careful attention of a very few years will, no doubt, add a thousand charms to the many present beauties of woojanness.
of Home back to recollection.
The proprietor of woojanness is preparing a beautiful site, overlooking the waters of our magnificent bay, whereupon to erect his country seat ; and from Mr. Hope's known taste in these matters, we cannot doubt but the building will not only be an ornament to the grounds, but a bountiful feature in our Bay scenery. Messrs. T. B. Stephens and T. L. M. Prior have also large landed properties purchased in this neighborhood. The former gentleman has, for some time past, upon a portion of his purchases formed a fellmongering establishment.
Although every unprejudiced person must commend the foresight of these and other gentlemen, who have secured to themselves these compact freeholds, which at no distant day must become desirable holdings, yet, I confess, I for one do wish that this pretty bit of country had fallen into the hands of a few practical " farmers" with their families ; knowing how necessary it is this community
should, in the course of a little time, be enabled to grow sufficient cereals for home consumption.
However there is plenty more of the right sort to tempt the hardy husband-men to settle down here in contented happiness, and gather round his roof tree the substantial comforts of Home. I must not omit to mention that amongst other improvements going on in the vicinity of Cleveland, the salt works in the course of construction at Wooganness, by Mr. Hope, that gentleman having already two capacious
reservoirs excavated and puddled. Brine tank, and evaporating pans are the works already in the progress of completion, covering an acre of land.
As an article of colonial production we hope to see the salt from these works extensively used, should the article manufactured be of an average quality. The superintendent of the works and improvements upon this property (a Mr.Fryar) although, I believe, not practically acquainted with these matters, evidently understands how things should be done; and doubts not that all will be brought to a
Since the total destruction by fire of the fine brig Courier in January, 1854, whilst loading with wool, &c, for London, off the point, Cleveland, as a township, has been retrogressing, until it has become a town almost destitute of inhabitants, and after absorbing a large amount of cash, brings no present returns into the pockets of its proprietors and speculators ; yet, I believe a little energy, combined with a little speculative pluck, on the part of the extensive proprietory, would start this very pretty sea side
locality ahead, and in the right direction.
Could a little of the Yankee character be diffused amongst our Moreton Bay community, more generally, I feel positive, that Cleveland would not escape the progressive impulse of some wide-awake customer, who would see at a glance what might be made out of the raw material lying ready to hand, to be turned into the all-mighty dollar. Perhaps the coming advent of Separation may
bring amongst its many other supposed advantanges, the introduction of, and to be amalgamated with this easy going people, some of that restless, ever-devising go-ahead spirit of brother Jonathan. Then we may hope to see the wind blowing over, and the water flowing through these lands, made
available for many purposes, now totally unattainable through the scarcity or rather high rate of out-door labour.
Well, having taken your readers to and round about Cleveland, and gossiped a bit relative to the past, present, and future prospects of that town and silent streets, let us, in making our back tracks to Brisbane, take another route; and instead of again trespassing upon the hospitality of Mr. Alfred
Slaughter on the Doughboy Creek, take the marked tree line, in the direction of Cooper's
Emerging from our bush track we come out upon the Logan road, and running that down a short distance come to a pretty commodious cottage lately erected by Mr. Pratten, of the Moreton Bay Surveying Staff, but now in the occupation of his father, Mr. Job Pratten, one of those genuine samples of English farming men, hardworking, pains-taking, never stand still sort of men, that appears to exercise an almost magic influence wherever they set their hands to work. A farm of seventy acres that Pratten has lately quitted on the other side of the plain, amply testifies what
one pair of hands, with a strong fixedness of purpose, may accomplish in these beautiful
At this new farm so lately occupied, and consisting, I believe, of some 100 acres of thinly timbered forest land, the eye already runs over long lines of strong substantial three-railed fences, whilst kitchen, stables, and various other out-buildings erected by the farmer himself, assisted by an occasional helping hand, gives the observant traveller a pretty fair idea what the future yeomanry of Australia should consist of to rightly develop and bring forth to the world the productions of this fertile soil and climate. And I would have it remembered, and borne in the mind of our present farmers, that some two years ago Mr. Pratten afforded unmistakeable evidence of the possibility of
a return of from 25 to 30 bushels to the acre ...................................
Initially there was rice grown and prizes were won.
The courier. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1861. THE APPPROACHING EXHIBITION. DISTRIBUTION OF THE PRIZES.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11.
Clearly though pineapple growing was what the land was used for.
There was an owner of land in Bracken Ridge Lot 100, originally owned by W. Hobbs and then owned by G. A. Hope.
He married Helen Riddell in Glasgow in 1867
|Name:||G . A . Hope|
|Marriage Date:||14 Oct 1867|
|Marriage Place:||Central District,Glasgow,Lanark,Scotland|
That person was George Alexander Hope. He was a merchant, and in 1868 was selling a quantity of drapery goods, possibly as he had just returned from a trip to London.
|Name:||George Alex Hope|
|Birth Year:||abt 1823|
|Port of Departure:||London, England|
|Port of Arrival:||Brisbane|
|Arrival Date:||6 Jul 1868|
George Alexander Hope (26) - died 1900A farmer, who selected land in the Molendinar area. This suburb today bears the name he gave to his homestead.
|Name:||George Alexander Hope|
|Death Date:||01 Nov 1900|
|Father's name:||Frank Hope|
|Mother's name:||Margaret Turner|
|Name:||William George Alexander Hope|
|Birth Date:||23 Sep 1875|
|Registration Place:||Queensland, Australia|
|Father:||George Alexander Hope|
|Death Date:||20 Oct 1872|
|Father's name:||George Hope|
|Mother's name:||Helen Riddle|
The Hope and McIntosh families were very early farmers on the Gold Coast although that particular piece of land was swampy and no good for farming.
Despite the dispute over whose family can claim the real heritage, one thing both men had in common was a love of sailing.
Over the years he was the owner of the Queensland Hotel at Laidley in 1863
He had businesses in Brisbane, including a bakery
He had land for sale at Nerang.
Land and farms were being advertised for sale in 1863
CROWN LAND SELECTIONS.
The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) Saturday 11 September 1869 p 10 Article ... , 100 acres, Pine River. G. A. Hope, 300 acres, Nerang. J. Connors, 320 acres, Blunder Creek. R. Power ... , Durandur Road. A. G. Littleboy, 120 acres, Sampson Yale. G. Biggs, 75 acres Bunyah. E. Collins, 80 acres ... 1986 words
A, Norris and G.A. Hope
As the immigrants arrived before separation from New South Wales, their future was in the hands of Captain J.C. Wickham. The man in charge before separation. The same man who would not record the arrivals of the settlers, who did not think they should be coming to his colony.
Perhaps then it became almost to a man, their resolve and determination to ensure that Queensland was separated from New South Wales, and allowed to become a Government in its own right.
John Clements Wickham (21 November 1798 – 6 January 1864) was a Scottish explorer, naval officer, magistrate and administrator. He was first officer on HMS Beagle during its second survey mission, 1831–1836, under captain Robert FitzRoy.
The young naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin was a supernumerary on the ship, and his journal was published as The Voyage of the Beagle. After that expedition, Wickham was promoted to Commander and made captain of the Beagle on its third voyage, from 1837 and conducted various maritime expeditions and hydrographic surveys along the Australian coastline.
In 1843, after his retirement from the Royal Navy, Wickham was made Police Magistrate and, later, Government Resident of the Moreton Bay District, in the Colony of New South Wales (NSW). Wickham retired in 1859, when the Moreton Bay District was separated from NSW, forming basis of the Colony of Queensland. When the Queensland and NSW governments disagreed over which was responsible for his pension, Wickham moved to France, where he died.
The complete history of Bracken Ridge comes down to the Scottish immigrants from Dr John Lang's ships, and their common goal of separation from New South Wales, for Queensland to become a separate state.
They were all businessmen, all who had money in which to be able to speculate with land purchases.
From the Stewart's at Bald Hills - the Fergusons at Brackenridge, Sandgate to John Mc Connell at Sandgate, the area may not be what it is today, had it not been for the dedication that these families showed, in creating farms and useable land from the heavily timbered growth and extensive bracken ferns.
|The Mc Connels at Cressbrook|
|Stewart's Bald Hills (St Paul's Archives)|
Statement The first school in the area was opened in 1957
Bracken Ridge State School
Norris Road State School
Bracken Ridge State High School (formally known as Nashville State High School)
St Josephs Catholic Primary School
Brisbane North Institute of TAFE, Bracken Ridge campus.
Shopping strips are located in Gawain Road and Barrett Street. A more substantial shopping centre is located on the corner of Telegraph Road and Norris Road.