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Thomas Roper - Fortitude Valley to Nundah

At that time there were only three or four families located north of Petrie's Bight. On the hill where the Convent now stands was Mr Skyring's residence and Pinery. There was no cutting there and drays took the lower road, now Wickham Street.

The Massey Bros were brick makers in the hollow near Catholic School in Boundary Street. On the corner at the junction of Ann and Brunswick Streets stood a Bark hut, the residence of Charlie Windmill, now the site of Corrigan's palatial building.

There were no other residents till you came to Breakfast Creek. On the left hand was Flannigan's market garden with dense scrub at the back. It is now the site of the bowling green and sundry stores. Captain Wickham resided at 'Newstead'.

There was an old broken backed wooded bridge spanning the creek, only passable at low tide. As the tide flowed in, the centre of the bridge was several feet under water. Immediately opposite the present Toombul Wharf was another Market Garden owned by Mr Gage. Both here and at Flannigan's were the scene of many depredations by the Blacks.

The German Station which is now Nundah was formed by eight or nine German Missionaries early in the forties. The Homestead had a novel appearance. The houses close together, presumably for mutual protection, and formed one side of a street. One of these was set aside for religious services and school house. When I first visited the place, Mr W A Noble (now of Myrtle) was conducting the school.

Fronting the street was an enclosure of several acres in area for cultivation. There were spacious stockyards erected and a large herd of milking cattle daily operated on. The social scheme of All things in Common was being worked with apparent satisfaction.

There are only two of the original pioneers left; all the others have gone over to the great majority. However, their representatives of the third and fourth generation are to be seen on every side. The mission itself was not a success.

The old racecourse on New Farm was a place of note in the early days. Here resided Richard Jones, Esq., property. North East of this stood a cottage, the residence of S Lyons, the original proprietor of Moreton Bay Courier, and a Mr Adams, a solicitor.

On the bank of the river near the late Mr Drury's residence was a little cottage, the home of Mr Doeg, one of the clerical staff and contemporary with Mr Wilkes of the local paper. Where the Municipal Wharves are erected was them an undulating hollow. There was no retaining wall but a gentle grassy slope from the present road to the river.

Here the little Ketch "Nelson" discharged her cargoes of oysters for the purpose of burning for lime. They were burned on Kilns built with logs about five feet high. Several tons would be consumed in one burning. These oyster cargoes would be a great attraction to both Blacks and juvenile Whites. Here they would fraternise and feast on the delicious Bivalve.

The owners gave free permission providing the shells were left behind. To continue this wholesale destruction would soon have annihilated the oyster from our shores. There were no leased oyster beds or fishing regulations in existence.