“1920 The Girls’ Friendly Society of Morningside came to Russell Island to give a concert, after which the young women collected wildflowers from Turtle Swamp. The islands were well known for their beautiful wildflowers, which were displayed each year on a flower stand at the Brisbane Exhibition.”
A Short History of the Bay Islands (Russell, Karragarra, Lamb and Macleay) by Joanne Hackett. 2009
Pre-christmas festivities with like minded artful souls resulted in a frenzy of art making and frivolity.
Wondering through Turtle Swamp Wetlands along Binging Track, the textures of tall trees revealed themselves.
1970’s Russell Island was mapped out like a checker board of residential size blocks. Cheap land was sold by flyovers, which tidal waters subsumed. Mangrove enclaves were sold as exclusive property on waters edge. To this day property remains rock bottom.