Newsletter - April 2021

from Heritage Society President
Jan MacIntyre

Greetings Members and Friends,

Once more we find ourselves emerging from lockdown, and can only be glad that our historic Afternoon Tea beat the deadline by a couple of days! What a wonderful way to begin our ‘21 in 21’ Celebration Year!!



Walking into the 'tearoom' one was caught up in the 50s by the embroidered cloths, the vases of flowers, the cups and saucers and the music (when we were quiet enough to hear). There were tasty pastries, cocktail sausages, tea and scones, and much else, all skilfully distributed by the attentive wait staff.

Margaret Rolfe Paxton’s pocket history of the Mortons found resonance in the poem performed by Kate Barker (photo). Reverend Paul Bland, our guest and a grandson of the Mortons, was kind enough to move around the tables and share stories.

The Heritage Afternoon Tea - 27th March

The joy of those present was a tribute to the enormous effort of Margaret Rolfe Paxton, Daveen O’Pray, David Paxton and their hard-working team. We thank those who helped with the packing up and the endless washing up. Congratulations and WELL DONE Margaret and all.



Being in lockdown on Coochiemudlo has made many of us grateful for the Emerald Fringe, with its sense of space, and the peace that such natural environments create.


As a prelude to the Society’s Emerald Fringe workshop on May 8, Annette Drennan and I visited several island organisations. We’ve been struck by the myriad delights residents associate with the Emerald Fringe: the space to walk the dog, playing and swimming on the beach with their children or grandchildren, the feeling of peace on seeing the Fringe when arriving home from work.

 Emerald Fringe workshop May 8th, Community Hall, doors open 8.30am 

But it's now obvious the island is undergoing significant growth. Land sales are booming, houses are being built, there are new faces on the ferry. The Emerald Fringe, the island's major recreational space, is noticeably more crowded on busy public holidays. How can we ensure its quiet delights survive when many more people want to share them?


The Heritage Society negotiated the local heritage listing of the entire Emerald Fringe in 2019. Can we leverage this official recognition to encourage our city council to manage this precious asset in ways that will preserve its unique qualities?

That crucial question is the focus of a Community Workshop the Society is hosting on Saturday May 8, at the community hall. Doors open at 8.30 am. We’ll be joined by a heritage landscape architect and two planning officers from the Redland City Council. Our councillor, Lance Hewlett, and State MP, Kim Richards, will also attend.


It’s likely to be the most important forum held on the island in a long time. We encourage our members and friends to join us, and to contribute their comments and opinions to the morning’s discussion. Tea & Coffee will be provided.


Registration is required by Covid regulations, and numbers attending will be limited. 
But you can register now by sending this email in advance to secure your seat/s. 

Time you joined the Heritage Society? Do it right now with a single payment  that will give you full membership until June 30th, 2022. That’s 15 months for the price of 12. Just fill in the application form and pay by card.

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Future highlights


Friday 16th July 2021 a cocktail party will be held to mark Flinders’ Week and continue the 21st Birthday celebrations. There will be more details in later communications. 


Sunday 18th July 2021 will see the Flinders’ re-enactment at Norfolk Beach. Details to follow.


Saturday 31st July 2021 our inaugural Mangrove Festival will be launched by Emeritus Professor John Pearn – you will have seen digital copies of 2 of his books on our website, Chronicles of Coochiemudlo and Characters, Cloves and Cliffs. Dr Norm Duke a mangrove ecologist of 40 years, will deliver the mangrove festival address and will be joined by Coochiemudlo residents, Dr Mark Pillsworth and Ms Toni Cannard for a Q&A session. There will be walks, stories, art displays and much more. More of this event can be found on the Heritage website


Sunday August 22 2021 the AGM will be held.


If you support the work that the Heritage Society does and would like to be further involved, perhaps on the Management Committee or on one of our small groups that organises a specific function, or have skills you know we could use, then please talk to a Committee Member:

President Jan MacIntyre, 3820 8419

Vice President: David Paxton, 0403 855 950

Secretary: Peter Wear, 0490 140 058

Treasurer: Leslie MacLean, 0428 216 399

Member: Annette Drennan, 0411 247 739

Member: Graeme Roberts-Thomson, 0413 352 511

'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