The Heritage Society turns 21 in '21!
The Coochiemudlo Island Heritage Society (originally 'Historical Society') held its first meeting on April 15th, 2000. In this, our 21st year, we've got events and workshops to celebrate our past, establish our future priorities, and support our community through the uncertainties that are affecting us all. Please join us!
Remembering Doug & Mary Morton
An historic 1950's Afternoon Tea
Saturday 27th March 3.30 - 5.30pm
Doug and Mary were married soon after the first World War and settled down to farm on Coochiemudlo for more than forty years. Among their later enterprises was serving morning and afternoon teas to visitors. By the 50's the island had become a popular destination.
To commemorate these intrepid pioneers the Heritage Society will be serving an Afternoon Tea, just as it used to be, with all the trimmings. There'll be scones, cakes and sausage rolls. Tea and coffee will be augmented for the occasion by bubbly, beer, and fruit punch.
The lives of Douglas and Mary Morton will be recalled, with a toast in their honour, and a background of 40's & 50's greatest hits. If you've got the gear to strut some post-war fashion, come as you were, or would have been. Profits will help us preserve and enhance our wonderful island.
We're COVID limited to seating 50, and payment is required to secure your booking. So don't leave it too late to get aboard the time machine to Coochiemudlo 1950. Entry is $25. You can book as many seats as you require, and pay by debit or credit card on the Buy Now button.
Further enquiries? Email us
So, the Emerald
is now Heritage
What happens next?
We've engaged a Heritage expert and council planners for an information session that welcomes your input and questions about the future of this unique space.
Community Hall, Saturday 8th May, 9am
Almost 140 years ago, a colonial surveyor was sent to Coochiemudlo in anticipation of the settlers and landholders who would surely follow. Based on George McDonald's mapping, the island was subdivided, with much of the land set aside for freehold purchase by early speculators and farmers.
To our eternal good fortune, a broad green belt, circling the entire foreshore, was left in the public realm. Two years ago, after much dedicated work, the Heritage Society succeeded in having that Emerald Fringe proclaimed a Local Heritage Site by the state government.
But what does that really mean? What authority does it have? Can we create an action plan to ensure this precious space is never lost to us?
On Saturday 8th May, a heritage planning professional, Catherine Brouwer, and two Redland City planning officers will join us at the Community Hall to help us seek answers to these and many other questions.
Registration, with tea and coffee, from 8.30 for a 9 o'clock start. We are COVID limited to 50 seats at this event. Please email us to book a place. There may be no seats available at the door.
It's quick and easy to join the Heritage Society, online.
This is the Society's major public event for 2021. Our island is characterised by one of the most accessible and impressive mangrove forests in Moreton Bay. It contains most of the Bay species and our Festival walks and talks will give you a wonderful insight into these important and marvellous plants.