Redland Bay, 1884 (Map of the Week)
State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online.
This real estate map from 1884 advertises 451 allotments of land for sale at Redland Bay in the Brisbane. The allotments were situated along North Street, Mill Street, Cane Street, Dart Street, Broadwater Terrace, Esplanade, Bay Street, Boundary Street and Oyster Street (now Gray Street).
Prior to the sale extensive publicity was published in Brisbane newspapers.
"The Redland Bay Township will be equal in every respect to what Sandgate was before the construction of the railway...Luncheon will be provided and steamers will be engaged to carry intending purchasers to and from the land." (Brisbane Courier, November 1, 1884)
A public auction was held at the site on the afternoon of November 10, 1884. The Brisbane Courier newspaper reported the results of the sale.
"Mr John Cameron reports a highly successful sale of the first section of the Redland Bay township yesterday at satisfactory prices. The four steamers from Brisbane conveyed about 1000 people to the ground, and the President brought something like 100 from Southport. The Eucalypts, which was to have acted as tender to the larger boats if required, was not there, having run ashore at or near Cleveland; and Howard Smith's steamer Derwent, which had to be substituted for the Balmain in consequence of the non-arrival of the latter, and which had over 400 people on board, could not get within about a quarter of a mile of the jetty, as it was dead low water, and she drew 14ft., so all her passengers were transferred to the Lady Musgrave and landed without trouble. There must have been at least from 1300 to 1400 on the ground when the sale commenced, which was about half-past 1, and it continued till a little after 5 o'clock, 290 lots being sold, varying in prices up to £87, the total sum realised being £7052. The passengers were speedily re-embarked, and reached town about 10 o'clock, the Lady Musgrave being first boat up to the wharf." (Brisbane Courier, November 12, 1884)
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Myles Sinnamon – Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland