Saturday, 7 May 2016

Q150 2009 Bribie Heritage Tutt

Q150 Heritage Plaque - 8 of 16 - Bribie Island Heritage quote by Stan Tutt
The Bribie Island Heritage Plaques Waterfront Walk Bongaree consists of 16 bronze plaques located on the "Heritage Walk" along the walking path beside the Bongaree beach from the southern point of South Esplanade and finishes just north of Kangaroo Avenue.
These 16 bronze plaques set on a white concrete square record various aspects of the history of Bribie Island: Record Rainfall, South Esplanade, Campbell's Store, Camping Grounds, Bribie Island heritage quote from A. Meston, Ian Fairweather, First Shop, Bribie Island Heritage quote from Stan Tutt, First Avenue, Fishing Records, Welsby Parade, Bribie Island Wartime, First Car, Shirley Creek, Castaway Convicts and Fish Cannery.
The following excerpt is from the 2009 booklet produced prior to the plaques placement.  The Heritage Plaques Waterfront Walk Bongaree project was a Q150 Community Funded Program, initiated by the Rotary Club of Bribie Island and supported by Moreton Bay Regional Council in conjunction with Bribie Island U3A and Bribie Island Historical Society.
A copy of the map for the Bongaree Waterfront Walk can be found at 


“It might not be too much to claim, Pumicestone Passage and Bribie Island contain more history, written and unwritten, than any other place in Queensland”.

Stan Tutt (1981)  -  Sunshine Coast Historian

Stan Tutt
Stan Tutt
        ¨ Born in 1914 at Murgon.  He arrived in the Eumundi-Cooroy district in 1916 aged two.
      ¨ He worked in many industries in the region including dairying, timber and agriculture.
       ¨ He loved the outdoors and keenly observed the natural environment around him.
      ¨ During World War II he served two periods of active service in New Guinea and studied journalism while in the Army.
       ¨ Stan the historian, author and environmentalist wrote articles for newspapers and published books on the Sunshine Coast.

A Thumbnail view of Stan Tutt
¨ Stan Tutt has an empathy with indigenous Australians, their legends and culture.  He gained an extensive knowledge of the history of the Sunshine Coast region and had been instrumental in keeping that history alive through his reporting, his books and his activities at the Landsborough Historical Museum.

¨ He conducted campaigns to preserve the natural environment and is a life member of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland.  He is a founding member of the Sunshine Coast Environmental Council.

¨ Many years ago he warned that the sea would, sooner or later, break through the sandy northern tip of Bribie Island.  Only recently has this possibility been taken seriously.

¨ His community service has been recognized by the Landsborough Shire Council’s Citizen of the Year Award on Australia Day 1986 and his Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in January 1994.

¨ In 1998 he launched the original website of the Pumicestone Region Catchment Coordination Association Inc.

Pumicestone Region Catchment Coordination Association
Launch of website by Historian Stan Tutt  -  4th December, 1998.

Bribie Island, Pumicestone Passage and the Glasshouse Mountains are ancient partners of land and sea.  These places belong together.  It is a region which holds human history older than written words.  History lost in time, yet breathing still in the native names of the ancient Glass House Mountains.  Names preserved by those of another race who came after Captain James Cook  saw and named the ‘Glass House Mountains’ as he passed aboard the ‘Endeavour’ in May 1770.
And so European history began is this region.  It slept 29 years until Lieutenant Matthew Flinders arrived in the sloop ‘Norfolk’.  He named ‘Pumicestone River’ and climbed Beerburrum Mountain in July 1799.  The bicentenary of that visit is but a few months away.  In those 200 years an amazing history has grown within the region of Bribie Island, Pumicestone Passage and the Glasshouse Mountains.  It has been preserved in written works and photographs—a rich heritage for those who care to search.
It is fitting that we now, 200 years after European boots first marked the sands of Bribie Island and Pumicestone Passage care for this unique region of sea and land.  The Pumicestone Region Catchment Association with Government and community support, was formed for this purpose—to introduce the story of sea, land and history.  To generate interest and gain support for a region which belongs to Australia’s history.  I launch this website.  Thank you.”
Stan Tutt, 1998 

James Cook

Matthew Flinders

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