Norman Creek Waterhole

Stage Number: MBSH.02.02.15

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Fairfield-Annerley

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: Lewisham Street

Latitude & Longitude: -27.51054722,153.03879167

Time Link: 1890

Map Link: 1890

Image Time Point: 1890

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Waterholes around the Norman Creek have been dangerous to small children in age before swimming skills were regularly taught. In January 1890, four little boys, on their way home from the Thompson Estate School perished in a waterhole. This waterhole was in floodplain of the Thompson Estate. The Junction Park State School used a waterhole in Toohey’s paddock to teach swimming Later a dammed part of Ekibin Creek was utilised. The latter proved dangerous when a case of typhoid appeared and the school was then required to travel to the Peel Street Baths, in South Brisbane, twice a week. [Note that the location is an approximation]


Accidents and Offences. The Brisbane Courier. Wednesday 5 March 1890, p. 6; Another Drowning Accident. Four Boys Drowned At Coorparoo. The Brisbane Courier. Thursday 27 February 1890, p. 5; James Joseph Dempsey. History of Junction Park State School: 1888-1933. R.G. Gillies & Co. Pty. Ltd., 149 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane. 1933. p. 9.

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QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 18 chains to the inch. Map of City of Brisbane and suburbs issued with Pugh’s Almanac. 18 chains to the inch.. 634512