Hamilton Aboriginal Camp

Stage Number: MBNH.10.01.07

Group: Old Town & River

Local Study Area: Clayfield-Albion-Hamilton

Epoch: Early 19th Century

Street Address: Budget Car Junction Kingsford Smith Drive & Curtin Ave West Hamilton

Latitude & Longitude: -27.43763889,153.07155556

Time Link: 1823

Map Link: 1865

Image Time Point: 1865

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The largest and most important Aboriginal Camp of the lower Brisbane River, associated with fishing and basketry, and repeatedly involved in conflict with settlers between 1848 and the 1870s. Oxley and Cunningham earmarked this area for first settlement after Redcliffe, on account of its resources and population. Being close to a major travel route (a pathway that became Kingsford Smith Drive) and adjacent to dense rainforest, the Camp was often centre-stage to conflicts with whites, and settlers were often harassed or robbed in the scrub just east of here. The Camp was raided and destroyed by police several times, but repeatedly re-built, persisting into the 1880s or later.


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