My Home Town

Cleveland was the traditional territory of the Koobenpul clan of the Quandamooka.

European settlement of Brisbane and surrounding areas was banned from 1824 until 1842, due to the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement ( where convicts were detained on an island named St Helena, infamous for its barbaric cruelty) though the area to become Cleveland was first surveyed in 1840, and in 1841, was recommended for a maritime or seaport.

In 1847 the Government planned for the new town, and on 13 December 1850, Cleveland was proclaimed a township. The first land sales of the new township took place a year later, with early purchases primarily around Cleveland Point, at the time an early candidate for a major port to replace Brisbane. 

Low Tide and The Lighthouse Restaurant, famous for its fish n chips.

However, when Governor Sir George Gipps visited Cleveland in 1842, it is reported that upon disembarking his boat, he immediately sank into the mudflats up to his waist. He was so annoyed by this that he changed his mind and suggested an alternative site.

The views across Moreton Bay to North Stradbroke Island and the sandy Moreton Island are spectacular and attract many visitors, local and otherwise.  Movies filmed using this stretch of water include Unbroken ( when gossip had Angelina Jolie staying at the local pub and eating chicken schnittys) and Narnia’s “Dawn Treader” was built and located at the end of “the Point”, only to be dismantled at the end of filming much to the chagrin of locals.

In 1852, the first large buildings were built in Cleveland including what is now known as the Grand View Hotel, which just just happens to be my local. On a hot humid summer day nothing beats the beer garden of The Grandy.

Many of the traditional “Queenslander” homes have been retained and renovated and command big bikkies which adds to the Point’s charm.

And then there is “progress”.

There is a secret development application in the works for Toondah Harbour, where the ferries depart for the Islands, which will encroach on the Moreton Bay Marine Park and a Ramsar wetland of international importance that provides important habitat for: 

  • Threatened migratory shorebirds 
  • Dugongs 
  • Whales and dolphins 
  • Sea Turtles 
  • Koalas 

The area is also used by the Critically Endangered Eastern Curlews to feed and fatten up to prepare for their 10,000 km trip to their breeding grounds in the Arctic Circle.  

This development of 3,600 units and harbour facilities including mooring for private seafaring vessels will mean the loss of beautiful parkland at Cleveland Point and the mangroves will be reclaimed for high-rise apartments.

Ferries travel across the channels
Photos taken from the Beer Garden.

I guess it would be churlish to hope that they all sink……..

21 thoughts on “My Home Town

    1. LOL!
      Since the Pandemic thousands have been migrating to Queensland from the harder hit states, something like 30k every three months. I guess I don’t blame them, and people do need to be housed. It just changes the entire reasoning behind why I live where I live…..And yeah, I’m an old stick in the mud, if you pardon the pun.🤣

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      1. Here in Texas we have the least protections from our government on covid. For me and my own family, we haven’t been to a restaurant in over 2 years. We buy groceries with pick up service and go to the doctors. I don’t blame people for trying to come to your beautiful country. I thought of it as a young adult myself, but it would make it easier to stay right here in the USA if each individual state was more concerned about protecting it s citizens from covid as opposed to lessening the weight of the social services distribution by letting it run rampant.🤨

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      2. It is most certainly a different world to the one in which I grew up. I am grateful that as a race we can be flexible and adaptable…..and touch wood, get through it.
        I am gobsmacked by the devastation by the tornados. I hope you and yours are safe and that those affected remain strong and can move forward.💐

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      3. Thank you for the sentiment! The tornados are so strange and uncharacteristic for this time of year. We re okay here. The winds blew down our stand I just blogged about the day before, but yes! We ll get through! So many things change during our lifetime, adaptability and a wicked sense of humor are definitely key.🙃

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      4. Yep, those stats are frightening but already showing on our roads and older residential areas where weatherboard houses are being bulldozed to make way for two-storey air-conditioned grey boxes, and don’t get me started on the real estate agents junk mail and door-knocking… I say “Leave some of dear old Brissie and environs intact, please!”

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      5. Gretchen, they are knocking down the million dollar homes in Raby Bay to split blocks and replace with those grey boxes. ( Baby Poo colour is popular here). Several of my older single friends who have lived in their homes for 40 years are being harassed by RE Agents. It’s a worry and I find myself butting in to ensure they don’t get involved until they catch up with family over Xmas.

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      6. PS I back on to a Koala Corridor. I fear it will be sacrificed for housing in twenty years so I keep records of the birds and marsupials I see on a daily basis. Given that the Government doesn’t respect Ramsar Projects I hold little hope but we make the effort , if it only creates paperwork.

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