Founder Returns


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The Bribie Island Historical Society was established by Barry Clark in 2008, and has done much to raise awareness of the rich and fascinating history of the island.

At the recent AGM Barry Clark was again elected as President, with the strong Executive team of Lynne Hooper as Secretary and Ellen Beechy as Treasurer, continuing in their roles. Outgoing President Shauna Hicks remains on the Committee, together with Past Presidents Graham Mills and Donna Holmes, plus Trevor Sutton.

It was also agreed to change the Constitution to increase the Committee membership to enable contribution by more members of the rapidly growing Society.

Since its formation, the Society has installed many Heritage Plaques and Signs, conducted commemorative events, given public presentations, conducted Heritage walks and published regular newspaper articles. A significant Database of thousands of photos and documents has been created, a Website and Blog spot are maintained, and many enquiries and questions from the public are regularly answered.

In accepting the role of President again Barry Clark said:

“We have been well served by many great people since formation, many doing three years in the leading role of President, as I did initially. Our membership has grown steadily as more residents, new and old, learn and appreciate the unique Heritage of the island.

Not everyone is interested in History, but everyone who lives or visits here has their experience enhanced by learning something new and fascinating about the place. It is not only local history, but events relating to the start of Queensland and Australia that happened on these shores.

It makes Bribie island a very special place, and it has been said that Bribie contains more history, written and unwritten, than any place in Queensland.

We hope that that this can be recognised by Council and Government, to ensure that unique sites, structures and environment of Bribie Island will be maintained and showcased for the future. There are few places with such rich history, and we hope that it will still be visible and attractive 100 years from now.