'Chronicles of Coochiemudlo' was published nearly 30 years ago but it's still the most comprehensive anthology of thoughtful writing about our island.


It ranges from the scholarly to the entertaining. It's a reliable historic record, and the island's natural assets are expertly surveyed. But there are plenty of anecdotes and photos too.

It features many first-hand stories 

that give the modern reader an authentic impression of over a

century of continuous settlement.


'Characters, Cliffs and Coves' the companion volume, is coming soon.
 

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PREFACE, CONTRIBUTORS & INTRODUCTION

 

PART I

PRE-FEDERATION COOCHIEMUDLO

Chapter 1

IN THE BEGINNING

Aboriginal Forebears on Coochiemudlo Island

John Pearn

 

Chapter 2

COOCHIEMUDLO ISLAND IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

Edward Field Jones

 

PART II

THE TWENTIETH CENTURY - THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS

Chapter 3

KIDS AT COOCHIEMUDLO -THE PRE-WAR YEARS

A Personal Account David Stewart

 

Chapter 4

THE ARMY AND WORLD WAR TWO

John Pearn and Maureen O’Connor

 

PART III

NATURAL HISTORY

 

Chapter 5

THE BOTANY OF COOCHIEMUDLO

Margaret Walker

 

Chapter 6

THE SEA AND ITS SHELLS

Frances Connor

PART IV

CULTURAL LIFE

 

Chapter 7

THE POETRY OF COOCHIEMUDLO

John Pearn

 

Chapter 8

WRITERS ON COOCHIEMUDLO

PART V

POST-WAR DECADES

 

Chapter 9

ISLAND MEDICAL CARE IN THE EARLY DAYS

Beryl Underwood

 

Chapter 10

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF COOCHIEMUDLO - 1970s

Christine O’Connor

 

PART VI

THE HAND OF HUMANKIND Part 1

 

Chapter 11
A  PIONEER ISLAND FARM

The Life and Times of Douglas and Mary Morton,

Joan Bland

 

Chapter 12

BUILDING AN ISLAND HOME

Rosemary Opala

 

Chapter 13

THE LAND AND ITS USES

Denise Foley and John Pearn

 

Chapter 14

OPPORTUNITIES PAST AND

LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE
Denis O'Connor

PART VII
THE HAND OF HUMANKIND Part 2

 

Chapter 15

HOUSES AND HOUSING -THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

John Pearn and Edwin Codd

 

Chapter 16 READING THE SIGNS

John Pearn

 

Chapter 17 THE ESSENCE OF COOCHIE

Safeguarding Future Options for Coochiemudlo Island

Darryl Low Choy

'We acknowledge the traditional rights of the Quandamooka people over 
Coochiemudlo Island, and their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. 
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging' 

 

Coochiemudlo Island Heritage Association

IA Number 29695 ABN 33 806 727 023

President Jan MacIntyre