Meanjin Birthing, Camping and Resource Area

Stage Number: MBNH.09.01.02

Group: Old Town & River

Local Study Area: Brisbane City (CBD)

Epoch: Early 19th Century

Street Address: City Botanic Gardens

Latitude & Longitude: -27.47522222,153.03002778

Time Link: 1823

Map Link: 1854

Image Time Point: 1854

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The original “spike” penninsular after which Brisbane earned its Aboriginal name (Meanjin). In pre-settlement times, this rainforest and swamp area was renowned for tulipwood bushes, used for spear-making and stunning fish. The area was favoured for hunting pigeons (which ate tulipwood berries), and as a women’s birthing area.


Ray Kerkhove, 2015, Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane (Salisbury: Boolarong), 101.

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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