Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Historic Nundah

Wednesday 3 October

We discovered that King George Square was hosting another event this week, so we planned our day around the 'Work Place, Health and Safety', free breakfast. An excellent decision - fruit, juice, smoothie, yoghurt, BBQ sausage in bread, perfect coffee and an assortment of of small items. Included was a small bottle of hand gel from Correctional Services, named 'grime free gel'!
We had to work for the mango smoothie.

We were all a tad excited to pose with one of the local lads.

Fully energised from our breakfast grazing, we took a suburban train to Toombul - my mistake. It was one station short of our destination of Nundah. Turned out for the best, as we were able to make a circuit of our hike, covering 14 km in total.

In 1838, just as the convict settlement here was closing, a group of German Lutherans were given permission to set up a mission, named Zion Hill, to bring Christianity to the aboriginal people.

The Nundah Cemetery is the oldest surviving cemetery in Queensland and was established by the missionaries.

This park honours the work of the missionaries.

Nundah is considered the birthplace of pineapple growing in Queensland and by the turn of the 
19th C was one of the states most prolific growing areas. Hard to imagine that, standing on this corner.

There are very few service stations left, looking like this one. Wonderful to see.

Toombul Shire Hall was built in 1891.

The Hotel Royal now, and as built in 1888. It took us awhile to spot it.

We believe that the building across the street in this photo, is where the Imperial Picture Theatre once stood. Our notes weren't altogether helpful.

This is the Monument for the First Free Settlers and was erected in 1938 to celebrate the centennial of their arrival in this area.

The Salvation Army Church was built in 1952.

This sign in their carpark, had us quite amused.

The Nundah Memorial Park was opened in November 1921 in honour of all those in the district, who had fought in WW1.

Originally Nundah Stae School, one of Queensland's oldest schools, [1865] was wooden. During the depression, the Government implemented relief schemes and Nundah in 1935, was one of a number of Brisbane schools to be updated to a fine brick building.

The Catholic Corpus Christi Church was opened in 1926.

As we walked undulating streets, often with views of the city skyline, we enjoyed the architecture of the heritage homes of the area.

In the background of this photo is our famous Gateway Bridge across the Brisbane River. It was opened in 1986 as a city bipass for motorists wishing to travel from the South Coast to the North Coast and airport.

Tufnell Home - orphanage chapel, 1901.

The purple jacarandahs are flowering early this year. The dome is that of the Catholic Church.

An unexpected laneway took us to Kedron Brook Parklands.

It's our spring school holiday time and we think a local group must have been providing craft activities for the local children.

Like much of SE Queensland, Brisbane has suffered from a lack of rain until one or two thunderstorms came through in the past week. Kedron Brook definitely benefitted.

That free breakfast had set us up well for all the day's activites.

On May 26, 1988 The Australian Government officially apologised to the original owners of Australia for taking their land and culture. These stone monuments are part of Nundah's apology.

This was an informative and eye opening day, out and about in historic Nundah. A blue sky day and our imposing gums added to the enjoyment of our hike.

I would love to read your comment.


  1. What an excellent way to see the local landmarks. I love that you and your friends have fun wherever you are!

  2. I am a little bit familiar with Nundah and had no idea it was so historic so really enjoyed this tour. My grandparents and several aunts, uncles and cousins attended the Salvation Army at Nundah. We went there whenever we were visiting Brisbane.

    I don't know if you know I collect images of Royal Hotels http://myroyalhotels.blogspot.com so was thrilled to see your photo, if you are happy to have me add it to the Royal Collection please email the image to me i will cross reference to your blog.

    Given my Salvation Army (and hence tee total) background collecting Royal Hotels is a bit of an odd occupation but I photograph them because they are often in country towns so fun to collect. I don't actually go into them.

  3. How lovely that you have revisited through my blog Joan. Really makes it worthwhile.
    I am very happy to share the photo of The Royal. Your asking has made me realise that it is still a hotel. From across the street it appeared to be just a new restaurant. You might like this link that has brought me up to date.


  4. Another beautiful walk in the books! The photo of you having to work for your smoothie made me smile this morning.

  5. That's the second blog I've read this morning that reveals the history and interest tucked away in seemingly ordinary places. So much to see in every town and suburb if you make the effort

  6. Oh you hiking gals! I loved the pic of the peddlers making their smoothies. (Also playing in the park) Who was that young hunky man? I see one of your group wears sandals to walk. I envy her good feet - mine would be aching.

  7. Goodness, I would need that kind of smoothie bicycle!!
    Thank you for another beautiful and interesting post, Helen. I don't travel very much so I'm delighted to learn from your posts.
    It would be lovely to visit the old cemetery.
    Have a happy week ahead!

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