Over the past two years, ToadShow has been creating interpretives to tell the stories of Newstead House on Breakfast Creek, researching, writing and illustrating the histories of the area, including the stories of local Aborigines who lived in the Moreton Bay region at least 22,000 years ago.
Tales of exploration, contact and conflict feature James Cook, Matthew Flinders, John Oxley and the harsh times of the Moreton Bay Penal Colony under iron fist of the fell tyrant Commandant Patrick Logan.
Patrick Leslie and his brother-in-law Captain John Wickham, with their families, were the first two residents of Newstead cottage after it was built in 1846. Wickham had sailed on The Beagle with Charles Darwin before taking up the post as head of the Moreton Bay settlement.
To bring the stories alive we established an archeological dig of the internet, libraries and archives for photos, maps, paintings, drawings, books and newspapers, unearthing a huge treasure trove of early Brisbane images and texts.
As Brisbane's oldest remaining post settlement residence, historic Newstead House has a wealth of stories, some of which you may know, other which will come as a surprise. It's a delightful place to visit, open Friday to Sunday. Check the Newstead House website for times.
Photo: Leslie Wickham room