Sunday, July 10, 2016

BRM 6 Entry in Wikipedia updated

After receiving correspondence from Wikipedia, a more relevant update was requested.

As is the case, these updates require footnotes for researched information.

The Premier's office advised that the changes could me made, so here they are:


Bracken Ridge

The suburb of Bracken Ridge was first gazetted in 1962 by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane Alderman Clem Jones.   That coincided with the decision to develop a satellite suburb, consisting of 1600 home sites on the northern outskirts of Brisbane.

Prior to 1962, the area was simply a  locality and known by the name Bracken Ridge Bald Hills or Bracken Ridge Sandgate.  It was part of the Nundah Municipal Council

Early history 

       After separation from New South Wales, the Queensland Government introduced various Immigration Schemes to increase the population.  These schemes saw Government sending representatives to United Kingdom and Germany to bring workers for the young colony.  The workers were granted lands in designated Agricultural Zones.  These schemes followed those which Dr John Lang was involved with pre-separation.[i]

Mr Henry Jordan was the Government Officer responsible for implementing the Immigration Scheme  [ii]

       One such Agricultural Zone was the area between Bald Hills and Sandgate.  The parcel was surveyed in 1861, and in 1862, Scottish settlers travelled on the ships Helenslea and Clifton and were given their grants.[iii] 

       First mention of the name of Bracken Ridge was in January 1866, when Mr Ferguson won a prize for his corn. The land was covered in a fern, similar to the Bracken fern found in Scotland.[iv]
Agricultural endeavours included  Pineapples, Potatoes, Dairy, and Pigs.   Some settlers also included sugar growing, however bad weather in late 1870's saw the demise of this.[v]

       In 1962,100 years after the first settlers arrived, the suburb was granted its rightful name of Bracken Ridge.

       2016 marks  150 years after the first recorded mention of the name of the area.

       Bracken Ridge  was one of the best kept secrets of Brisbane, for many years.  That has changed and the suburb is home to many.

       In 1996, the Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club opened a Miniature Steam Train Track on the lands once owned by the McPherson Family.  It is unique.
       The area has developed through the hard work of the residents, and many families can trace their ancestry back to their Scottish settlers.

by WARWICK FOOTE  Read at a Meeting of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland

[ii] The Courier|||l-state=Queensland|||l-year=1861
The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861) Thursday 10 January 1861 p 4 Article
... would increase the produce of the acre to about £50. Mr. Stewart, of the Bald Hills   formerly of ... NEW SCHEME OF IMMIGRATION.   On Monday evening last, Mr. Henry Jordan, the
Notes on the Political History of Queensland—1859-1917.
Clerk-Assistant and Scrgeant-at-Arms, Legislative Assembly.

WHEN asked by the Historical Society to contribute a paper on the Political History of Queensland I already had in view the amplification of an article written by me in August, 1909, for the Jubilee number of the "Queenslander," Owing to the necessity for economising space, there was not much opportunity then of doing justice to a subject which is of interest to a considerable section of the community. It is hoped that this paper may serve the dual purpose of interesting honourable
members of the Legislature and forming an historical basis upon which others can build at a later date.

The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861) Thursday 23 August 1860 p 4 Article
... void. Agricultural Reserves.-Fixed Price of £1, 10. It shall be lawful for the Governor with the advice ... hereinafter contained in that behalf. Method of Obtaining Farm in Agricultural Re -' Reserve. ?11. Any person .

The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861) Thursday 23 August 1860 p 2 Article
... briefly stated. A person wishing to have a farm on one of these agricultural reserves, applies to an ... succeeding clause (the 12th) gives any occupant of a farm within an agricultural reserve the privi-lege of|||l-decade=186|||sortby=dateAsc

The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864) Tuesday 26 November 1861 p 2 Article
... pastoral'interest. Mr. JORDAN is attentively listened to ; his officiarcredeutials are accepted ; and the ... beautiful land, all ready for the plough ?' Dr. LANG and Mr. JORDAN   have both spoken about the ..|||l-state=Queensland
with regard to the Helenslee and her pas-. sage :—She ... passengers, under the command of Capt. Wm. Brown ... remained delicate on board ship

The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Thursday 11 January 1866 p 2 Article

The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Friday 30 November 1894 p 7 Article

... .L.S. (lion, botanist), journeyed to Zillmere by tho early train to make a tour of inspection round the ... district. Mr. Roghan's farm, which lies on the north side of Albury's, is devoted chiefly to growing ...

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