Bush Inn

Bush Inn

Stage Number: MBSH.03.02.03

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Kangaroo Point-East Brisbane

Epoch: Early 19th Century

Street Address: 65 Holman Street, Kangaroo Point

Latitude & Longitude: -27.46591667,153.03541667

Time Link: 1844

Map Link: 1842

Image Time Point: 1842

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This was the first of several hotels to open around Kangaroo Point during the 1840s, being licensed in 1844. The Bush Inn has gained some historical notoriety as the scene of the gruesome murder of Robert Cox in 1848, whose dismembered body parts were found at various locations around the vicinity. One man – William Fyfe – hanged for this crime, although speculation continues to this day as to the guilt or innocence of another possible suspect, Patrick Mayne.


Rosamond Siemon, ‘The Mayne Inheritance’, St Lucia: UQ Press, 1997.

Image Citations

Brisbane views from Bowen Terrace looking across Kangaroo Point, 1851. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Record number: 110916.

Map References

SLQ. First Survey of Crown Lands in the Moreton Bay District, 1842, by Surveyor Henry Wade.Brisbane, 1842. RBM 841.16 1842 00013 E