Breakfast Creek Aboriginal Fishery and Crossing Point

Stage Number: MBNH.10.01.03

Group: Old Town & River

Local Study Area: Clayfield-Albion-Hamilton

Epoch: Early 19th Century

Street Address: Abbotsford Road Bridge across Breakfast Creek

Latitude & Longitude: -27.44138889,153.04605556

Time Link: 1823

Map Link: 1865

Image Time Point: 1865

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An important Aboriginal crossing point for pathways and Camps along the lower Brisbane River, and a major Aboriginal fishery (set of wiers). Aboriginals working this traditional fishery supplied much of Brisbane’s fish during the 1830s-1860s. During the 1840s-1870s, Aboriginal people were also daily driven across the creek at this point when being herded out of town by police every evening. The creek was seen as an unofficial boundary, which Aborigines were to keep to the east of after sundown. This resulted in it being also viewed as the unofficial border between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community, which accounts for the rough treatment settlers sometimes experienced when travelling about areas immediately to the east.


Ray Kerkhove, 2015, Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane (Salisbury: Boolarong), 81.

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QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 1 chain to the inch. Plan of subdivision of section 30 City of Brisbane. 1 chain to an inch. Surveyor General’s Office, Brisbane.(quarter-size). 634488