Mosquito Creek Aboriginal Camp

Stage Number: MBNH.12.04.05

Group: Eastern & Bay

Local Study Area: Brighton-Sandgate-Shorncliffe-Deagon

Epoch: Early 19th Century

Street Address: Brighton Park to Decker Park and Eventide Nursing Home site, Brighton

Latitude & Longitude: -27.28402778,153.06375

Time Link: 1823

Map Link: 1866

Image Time Point: 1866

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Much-used Aboriginal Camp, exploiting the abundant fishery of the mouth of Pine River. Here the castaways Finnegan, Pamphlet and Parsons (first white men to explore the Brisbane region) stayed in 1823. The site was still considered the abode of ‘wild’ and ‘dangerous’ Aborigines as late as the 1870s. In 1885, Adam Cleft (an Aboriginal) murdered his wife at this Camp, resulting in an inquest and alleged assaults that prompted the eviction of many Aboriginals across the Sandgate district, although there was a lingering presence into the 1890s. In 1946, after several years of the area’s use for RAAF WW2 training, many Dunwich Aboriginals came to live in the vicinity of the former Camp as servants and staff to the 800 inmates transferred from Dunwich Benevolent Society to Eventide.


Ray Kerkhove, 2015, Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane (Salisbury: Boolarong), 39.

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QSA. QSA Series 1748 Moreton District, County of Stanley Maps – A1 Series. 4 chains to the inch. Plan of the Marine township of Brighton on the shores of Moreton Bay adjoining Sandgate, Parish of Nundah, County of Stanley with local plan at ca mile to one inch. ca 4 chains to the inch. Millington & Co., Licensed Surveyors, Brisbane. 620404