Cathedral Campsite

Stage Number: MBNH.09.01.01

Group: Old Town & River

Local Study Area: Brisbane City (CBD)

Epoch: Early 19th Century

Street Address: Cathedral Square & St John\'s Cathedral site, Ann Street, City

Latitude & Longitude: -27.46366667,153.02905556

Time Link: 1823

Map Link: 1854

Image Time Point: 1854

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An Aboriginal Camp – possibly fringe (post-contact). This is where Aboriginal workers involved with the Petrie family, and Aboriginal boat pilots and ferrymen involved with the Customs Building often stayed in the 1830s-1870s. It was probably near this Camp that Ommuli – a warrior leader – was dragged to death behind a horse by his white captors. It was also probably the site of the capture of Dundalli, the resistance leader. Aboriginals often sold fish along the track to the Valley here.


Ray Kerkhove, 2015, Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane (Salisbury: Boolarong), 99.

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QSA. QSA Series ID 4314, Survey Plans, Charts and Maps of Moreton Bay Settlement and Queensland. 4 chains to the inch. Plan shewing the alignment of . streets in North and South Brisbane, ca 1854. 4 chains to an inch. 714424