Anderson Creek Aboriginal Campsite

Stage Number: MBNH.07.02.06

Group: Western

Local Study Area: Toowong-St Lucia-Indooroopilly

Epoch: Early 19th Century

Street Address: South bank of Anderson Creek towards Brisbane River, within St Lucia Gold Links, St Lucia

Latitude & Longitude: -27.50544444,152.99672222

Time Link: 1823

Map Link: 1859

Image Time Point: 1859

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Main Aboriginal base Camp for the St.Lucia and Long Pocket area, and the longest known continually occupied Camping ground of the Inner Brisbane suburbs. Aboriginals Camped along the creek (Sandy/Anderson Creek), for fishing and hunting snakes up until the 1880s. In 1863 an Aboriginal worker of Mr Forbes (Colinton Station) was murdered here. Prickly Bush, an excavation to the south-east of this site, was conducted here in 1985 by the University of Queensland. The dig turned up backed blades, a technology dated between 3000BC to AD, and was a landmark excavation for indicating the importance of ‘disturbed’ sites in urban Brisbane.


Ray Kerkhove, 2015, Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane (Salisbury: Boolarong),131.

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QSA. QSA Series 1748 Moreton District, County of Stanley Maps – A1 Series. 10 chains to the inch. Portions LXIV and LXV in the Parish of Indooroopilly, County of Stanley. 10 chains to the inch. Survey Office, Brisbane. 620522