A slice of history from Bribie

Our guest speaker this Friday (1st March) is Lynne Hooper from Bribie Island Historical Society. Lynne will be talking about Mrs Balls and the fish cannery on Bribie Island.

So come and meet old friends and new over a cuppa on Friday at 2pm in the Redcliffe Library meeting room at our next meeting.

Happy New Year!!

As we enter 2024, History Redcliffe would like to wish you a very Happy New Year!

The year ahead is already shaping up to be a big one for us with milestone events and commemorations. We’d love you to come on the journey with us. Stay tuned to our website and social media for all the news and events that we have to offer.


Paul Woodcock and James Houghton at the Sands of Time Conference, October 2022.

It is with great regret that we share the sad news of the passing of our dear friend, James Houghton. It was James who, in 1967, placed an advertisement in the Redcliffe Herald asking for a public meeting for anyone interested in starting a group dedicated to the history of Redcliffe. That became the Redcliffe Historical Society, now known as History Redcliffe.

James Houghton at the 25th Anniversary Dinner of the Redcliffe Historical Society, September 1992.
Image courtesy Moreton Bay Libraries RMPC-101-101296.

Over the years, his commitment to the Redcliffe community has been unwavering. His dedication to History Redcliffe and his friendship will be greatly missed. Vale James.

The Houghton Family has requested that donations be made to History Redcliffe in lieu of flowers. We are honoured and humbled by this request. If you wish to make a donation, our bank details are:
Account Name: Redcliffe Historical Society Inc
BSB: 633-000
A/C: 157501610 
Ref: James Tribute

John Oxley Anniversary

History Redcliffe will be hosting a Morning in the Park to commemorate the arrival of John Oxley to the shores of our fair peninsula.

Join us at 10:00am on Saturday 2nd December 2023…200 years since Oxley’s landing…where else but at John Oxley Park on Marine Parade!

Light refreshments will be provided so bookings are essential.

To make your booking or find out more, contact us at info@historyredcliffe.com.au.

What are you doing today?

Do you remember World Expo ’88? How about the incredible landscaping?

Our guest speaker for today’s meeting (2pm at the Redcliffe Library Meeting Room) is Lawrie Smith AM who was the Landscape Director for Expo ’88. Come along today and hear Lawrie talk about his recollections of Redcliffe and his involvement with the iconic and memorable Expo ’88.

(Image source: Queensland State Archives Item ID ITM1102479 Expo 88 monorail, Brisbane. )

2024 Update

In mid-September 1824, Lieutenant Henry Miller landed the brig, Amity, on the shores of Redcliffe Peninsula in the Gubbi Gubbi nation and established the First European Settlement in Queensland.

We are currently planning the ways in which we will mark the 200th anniversary of this historic event.

History Redcliffe is proud to be working with the Royal Historical Society of Queensland and Bribie Island Historical Society to present a one day conference on Saturday 7th September 2024 to commemorate the bicentenary of the Moreton Bay penal colony.

History Redcliffe is also planning an event for the following Saturday (14th September 2024). This will be a family-friendly event taking place in the Redcliffe Museum precinct. More details will be available as planning is well underway.

Blood, Sweat and FEARS!!

Join us this Friday (6th October) to hear author Brian J. Bassett talk about his book Blood, Sweat & Fears: true stories of Aussies in Africa. Stay on for our monthly meeting and maybe make a new friend or two over a cuppa and a snack.

We look forward to seeing you at 2pm Friday 6th October at the Redcliffe Library Meeting Room!

2023 Annual General Meeting

The Management Committee of History Redcliffe (Redcliffe Historical Society Inc.) requests your presence at the Annual General Meeting to be held at Redcliffe Library Meeting Room on Friday 4th August 2023.

After the AGM, afternoon tea will be served. All financial members are entitled to vote for the nominated committee candidates to be appointed to the 2023/24 History Redcliffe Management Committee.

During the meeting we will be screening Fishing with Ted. Ted Clayton’s fishing stories are told by William McInnes.

On this day…224 years ago

Image courtesy Ian Harding, 2004

Matthew Flinders, the first English explorer to enter Moreton Bay, arrived on the morning of 16th July 1799 and after landing on the southern end of Bribie Island, he sailed southwards and anchored several miles off the Peninsula before landing at Woody Point on 17th July…that’s 224 years ago to this day!

See Flinders chart on the monument in the front garden at the Redcliffe Museum.