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.
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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.
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
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
Notes on the Political History of
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
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. AgriculturalReserves.-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 agriculturalreserves,
applies to an ... succeeding clause (the 12th) gives any occupant of a farm
within an agriculturalreserve the privi-lege of
Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864)Tuesday 26 November 1861 p 2
... 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 ..
The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864
- 1933)Friday 30
November 1894 p
... .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 ...