Moreton Bay Penal Folk Song


(Version as published by Robert Hughes in 1986)

One Sunday morning as I went walking, by the Brisbane’s waters I chanced to stray,
I heard a prisoner his fate bewailing, as on the sunny river bank he lay;
“I am a native of Erin’s island but banished now to the fatal shore,
They tore me from my aged parents and from the maiden I do adore.

“I’ve been a prisoner at Port Macquarie, Norfolk Island and Emu Plains,
At Castle Hill and cursed Toongabbie, at all those settlements I’ve worked in chains;
But of all those places of condemnation, in each penal station of New South Wales,
To Moreton Bay I’ve found no equal: excessive tyranny there each day prevails.

“For three long years I was beastly treated, heavy irons on my legs I wore,
My back from flogging it was lacerated, and often painted with crimson gore,
And many a lad from downright starvation lies mouldering humbly beneath the clay,
Where Captain Logan he had us mangled on his triangles at Moreton Bay.

“Like the Egyptians and ancient Hebrews, we were oppressed under Logan’s yoke,
Till a native black who lay in ambush did give our tyrant his mortal stroke.
Fellow prisoners, be exhilarated, that all such monsters such a death may find!
And when from bondage we are liberated, our former sufferings shall fade from mind.”

Goompee Foreshore

The southern mouth of the Rainbow Channel and its still deep waters, lap the sandy foreshores of Goompee (Dunwich) punctured by mining silos.

“In June 1827, Minjerribah was renamed Stradbroke Island by Governor Darling in reverence of the Honourable Captain J.H. Rous, son of the Earl of Stradbroke and also Viscount Dunwich.

Rous was the Captain of the HMS Rainbow, which was the first ship of war to enter Moreton Bay.

Governor Darling also named Dunwich, Rainbow Reach and the Rous Channel in their honour”. 

(retrieved from

Moreton Bay Marine Park

“Where is Moreton Bay Marine Park?

Nestled in Queensland’s south-east corner, Moreton Bay Marine Park covers 3400kmÇ and stretches 125km from Caloundra to the Gold Coast. The marine park includes most of the bay’s tidal waters including many estuaries and extends seawards to the limit of Queensland waters (see map on pages 2 and 3).

The landward boundary is generally the line of highest astronomical tide (HAT). What’s special about the marine park? Moreton Bay is one of the largest estuarine bays in Australia and sits in an ‘overlap zone’ where tropical and temperate species mix”.

Taken from Moreton Bay Marine Park User Guide pdf published by Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing

Black Light Installation


3 DEC 2016 – 17 APR 2017

Rotation 1: 11 June – 30 October 2016
Rotation 2: 3 December 2016 – 17 April 2017

‘A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift’ celebrates a decade of artworks acquired through the support of a single generous benefactor. Tim Fairfax’s extraordinary commitment has brought major works by leading international artists into Queensland’s Collection, for visitors to enjoy now and into the future.

Movement is at the centre of this exhibition: the movement of our own bodies dramatically framed by Tomás Saraceno’s majestic webbed spheres, or reflected in the sublime geometry of Timo Nasseri’s refracted universe or be mesmerised by Julian Opie’s passing parade of humanity.

‘A World View’ includes a new captivating light work by leading international artist Anthony McCall. Visitors step into shafts of intersecting light and are encompassed by the sound of breaking waves — an incredible sensory experience”.

(Retrieved from January 30, 2017).

Bush Lines

Blackened trees at the southern end of Canaipa three months after the island fire.

Creek of Forgotten Dreams

At the far Northern end of the Wynnum-Manly to Lota bike track is the Wynnum Creek. It’s mouth opens to the ocean and looks out to St Helena and Green Island. The jetty’s either side of the creek fashioned from stone and concrete by earlier inhabitants of the region using concrete and lime made from local coral.  The boat moorings not far into the creek are probably as old as the boats there – they seem neglected and forgotten.