Aboriginal Picnicing Grounds

Stage Number: MBNH.12.04.12

Group: Eastern & Bay

Local Study Area: Brighton-Sandgate-Shorncliffe-Deagon

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: Moora Park, Shorncliffe

Latitude & Longitude: -27.32472222,153.08497222

Time Link: 1893

Map Link: 1892

Image Time Point: 1892

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Regular site of large-scale annual picnic/ holiday for hundreds of Aboriginals from Deebing Creek Mission (near Ipswich) and Durundur Aboriginal Reserve (near Woodford) 1898-1903. Afterwards (until 1918), it was kept as the usual Sunday picnic venue rewarding services of Aboriginal domestic workers (mostly women) in Brisbane and Aboriginal workers at the EKKA, until Sandgate residents’ protests ceased the activity, on the grounds that ithe picnics were an affront to a religious day (Sunday). The park’s name (Moora) is believed to be Aboriginal (probably referring to nose or beak) and may indicate a pre-contact significance for the area.


Ray Kerkhove, 2015, Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane (Salisbury: Boolarong), 45-6.

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MLMS. 40 chain AG2 series 1887–1932—Moreton district. 40 chains to 1 inch. Moreton 40 Chain map AG2 series sheet 3 north. AG2