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BRIBIE TIMELINE

Pre-colonial

Indigenous People of Bribie Island

The island was inhabited by the Ngunda people - later known as the Joondoburri - when Europeans first arrived. Despite thriving on the rich resources of the island for thousands of years, by 1891 there were no indigenous people left on the island.

Affray of aboriginal tribes, three miles from Brisbane, NSW.
Affray of aboriginal tribes, three miles from Brisbane, NSW.

Engraving, published on 17th June 1854 in The Illustrated London News

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Tow-Row net
Tow-Row net

Used by the Indigenous people of Bribie.

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Aboriginal men fishing with tow-row nets ca1890
Aboriginal men fishing with tow-row nets ca1890

Courtesy Thomas Bancroft photo collection SLQ

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Affray of aboriginal tribes, three miles from Brisbane, NSW.
Affray of aboriginal tribes, three miles from Brisbane, NSW.

Engraving, published on 17th June 1854 in The Illustrated London News

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1770

Lt James Cook RN

Sailed past Bribie Island on 17th May 1770 on the HM Barque Endeavour.

Captain James Cook
Captain James Cook

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Captain Cook Sighting the Glasshouse Mountains
Captain Cook Sighting the Glasshouse Mountains

by Julian Ashton from Picturesque atlas of Australasia 1888

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View of the Glasshouse Mountains from sea.
View of the Glasshouse Mountains from sea.

Photo taken from a cruise ship. Facebook.

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Captain James Cook
Captain James Cook

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1779

Bongaree the Man

Bongaree (or Bungaree) was an indigenous Guringai man from the Broken Bay area in Sydney. Born circa1775.

Bungaree, a native of NSW
Bungaree, a native of NSW

A detail from a Lithograph, hand-coloured with watercolour, on paper by Augustus Earle.

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Bungaree by Augustus Earle 1826
Bungaree by Augustus Earle 1826

Courtesy National Gallery of Australia

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Bungaree, a native of N.S.Wales, lithograph, hand-coloured with watercolour, on paper by Augustus Earle.
Bungaree, a native of N.S.Wales, lithograph, hand-coloured with watercolour, on paper by Augustus Earle.

Lithograph, hand-coloured with watercolour, on paper by Augustus Earle.

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Bungaree, a native of NSW
Bungaree, a native of NSW

A detail from a Lithograph, hand-coloured with watercolour, on paper by Augustus Earle.

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1779

Lt Matthew Flinders

Lieutenant (later Captain) Matthew Flinders was the first explorer to enter Glass House Bay (now Moreton Bay).

Captain Matthew Flinders, RN,1774-1814
Captain Matthew Flinders, RN,1774-1814

Creator Toussaint Antoine De Chazal De Chamerel 1806

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Matthew Flinders, ca. 1800 - watercolour miniature portrait.
Matthew Flinders, ca. 1800 - watercolour miniature portrait.

Courtesy State Library of NSW

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Map of Morerton Bay showing Cook and Flinders expeditions
Map of Morerton Bay showing Cook and Flinders expeditions

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Captain Matthew Flinders, RN,1774-1814
Captain Matthew Flinders, RN,1774-1814

Creator Toussaint Antoine De Chazal De Chamerel 1806

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1822

Captains Bingle and Edwardson

In 1822 Governor Brisbane sent Captains Bingle & Edwardson to see if they could find the entrance of a large river in Moreton Bay.

John Bingle (in old age) 1796-1882 (cropped)
John Bingle (in old age) 1796-1882 (cropped)

by unknown photographer State Library of New South Wales, PXA 943

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John Bingle (in old age) 1796-1882,
John Bingle (in old age) 1796-1882,

by unknown photographer State Library of New South Wales, PXA 943

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Flinders Map Chart of Terra Australis Sheet II 1799
Flinders Map Chart of Terra Australis Sheet II 1799

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John Bingle (in old age) 1796-1882 (cropped)
John Bingle (in old age) 1796-1882 (cropped)

by unknown photographer State Library of New South Wales, PXA 943

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1823

John Oxley

John Oxley, Surveyor General of NSW, was sent north by Governor Brisbane in October 1823 to search for a suitable site for a penal settlement for repeat offenders.

John Oxley 1810
John Oxley 1810

Artist unknown. Courtesy of State Library of NSW

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John Oxley, 1810
John Oxley, 1810

Artist unknown. Courtesy of State Library of NSW

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Moreton Bay Map dated 1825
Moreton Bay Map dated 1825

Drawn during the 1823 and 1824 expeditions

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John Oxley 1810
John Oxley 1810

Artist unknown. Courtesy of State Library of NSW

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1823

Castaways: Pamphlett, Parsons & Finnegan

Thomas Pamphlett, Richard Parsons and John Finnegan in late September 1823 crossed over the Pumicestone Passage and arrived on Bribie Island. They were welcomed by the Ngunda people.

The finding of Pamphlett
The finding of Pamphlett

Picturesque Atlas of Australasia,vol.II, 1886

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Plan of River Brisbane and chart of Moreton Bay, as drawn by John Oxley, 1823
Plan of River Brisbane and chart of Moreton Bay, as drawn by John Oxley, 1823

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The finding of Pamphlett
The finding of Pamphlett

Picturesque Atlas of Australasia,vol.II, 1886

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1823

John Uniacke

Uniacke's personal account of the John Oxley expedition and Pamphlet and Finnegan’s survival was published in London in 1825 by former NSW Judge, Barron Field, in his Geographical Memoirs of New South Wales.

John Uniacke's original grave
John Uniacke's original grave

Devonshire Street Cemetery (Defunct) Sydney, City of Sydney, NSW MEMORIAL ID 198431999

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Photo of Bribie taken from a cruise ship
Photo of Bribie taken from a cruise ship

Public domain

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John Uniacke
John Uniacke

Family memorial from Ancestry.com

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John Uniacke's original grave
John Uniacke's original grave

Devonshire Street Cemetery (Defunct) Sydney, City of Sydney, NSW MEMORIAL ID 198431999

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1904 to now

Amateur Fishermen’s Association QLD

The fishing club was founded on 10th May 1904 with 70 fishermen signing up as members. Thomas Welsby, a respected historian, held the post of Vice President for the first two years then President until 1921 and Patron from 1922 to 1941.

AFAQ cottage Renton Lane Bongaree
AFAQ cottage Renton Lane Bongaree

Photo by Lynne Hooper BIHS 2021

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SS Cormorant 1967
SS Cormorant 1967

Courtesy MBRC P1586

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AFAQ fishing competition on Bribie Island 1950
AFAQ fishing competition on Bribie Island 1950

Courtesy BI Seaside Museum

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AFAQ cottage Renton Lane Bongaree
AFAQ cottage Renton Lane Bongaree

Photo by Lynne Hooper BIHS 2021

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1908-1914

Sarah Balls

Sarah Balls was an extraordinary Brisbane businesswoman but who would have imagined that she would build a fish cannery on Bribie Island in 1908.

Sarah Balls
Sarah Balls

Image courtesy BIHS

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Sarah Balls
Sarah Balls

Image courtesy BIHS

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Santa Barbara, Cnr Moray & Sydney Streets, New Farm built by Sarah Balls 1929
Santa Barbara, Cnr Moray & Sydney Streets, New Farm built by Sarah Balls 1929

Photo taken by Lynne Hooper BIHS

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Sarah Balls
Sarah Balls

Image courtesy BIHS

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1912-1953

SS Koopa

The Koopa’s first trips were to Redcliffe on Christmas and Boxing Day 1911 but holiday-makers had to wait until Sunday, 21st January 1912 for the Koopa to arrive in the Pumicestone Passage and then only to view Bribie Island from her deck.

SS Koopa at Bribie Jetty 4 June 1912
SS Koopa at Bribie Jetty 4 June 1912

Courtesy of the SLQ. Neg No 24336.

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SS Koopa at Bribie Jetty ca1920s
SS Koopa at Bribie Jetty ca1920s

Lost Brisbane Facebook - public domain.

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SS Koopa at Bribie Jetty ca1922.
SS Koopa at Bribie Jetty ca1922.

Courtesy Huet photo collection.

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SS Koopa at Bribie Jetty 4 June 1912
SS Koopa at Bribie Jetty 4 June 1912

Courtesy of the SLQ. Neg No 24336.

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1912-1936

Emily Howard Coungeau

Although Emily had humble beginnings, by the end of her life she was acclaimed as a successful businesswoman, prolific and popular poet and lyricist.

Emily Coungeau ca1910.
Emily Coungeau ca1910.

Photo Courtesy of E Gobolos.

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Coungeau House ca1930s
Coungeau House ca1930s

Courtesy E Gobolos.

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Emily Coungeau
Emily Coungeau

Formal portrait ca1915 Courtesy E Gobolos

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Emily Coungeau ca1910.
Emily Coungeau ca1910.

Photo Courtesy of E Gobolos.

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