Rocklea-Salisbury Bora Ground

Stage Number: MBSH.02.06.05

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Rocklea-Yeerongpilly-Moorooka

Epoch: Early 19th Century

Street Address: Between Newman Road and Muriel Avenue (large ring? Moorooka) to Fairlie Avenue (small ring? Salisbury)

Latitude & Longitude: -27.54033333,153.01455556

Time Link: 1823

Map Link: 1891

Image Time Point: 1891

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Aboriginal Bora Ground – probably the principal ceremonial site for the Rocklea to Sunnybank area. It was probably associated with the Stable Creek Swamp and Rocky Waterholes. At Newman Road there was once a fig planted by Sinnamons that marked one end of the “dance” ground. This area was also known as Rice’s Paddock.


Ray Kerkhove, ‘Enduring Prescence,’ in Stephen Sheaffe, Stories of Stephens: A History of Annerley and the Surrounding Suburbs Annerley: Annerley-Stephens Historical Society, 2017, pp.14-15.

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QSA. QSA Series 1748 Moreton District, County of Stanley Maps – A1 Series. 1 mile to the inch. Queensland Census Districts. 1 mile to the inch. Government Engraving Office, Brisbane. 620650