History of Fish Creek

This timeline follows the people, events, and places that have influenced our local community in The Gap, Queensland, 4061. Information has been classified into 3 categories: History and Infrastructure (Blue), Population, Society and Culture (Orange) and Local Environment (Green). The timeline can be used in multiple ways by users. It can be read in entirety or used to learn about specific events or time-periods. Please visit our Further Reading page for more information on any topic covered in the timeline.

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Queensland Women Given Right to Vote

Women were given the right to vote in Queensland State elections in 1905. It took until 1915 for women to be given the right to stand for Parliament.

Commonwealth Games

In 1982, Brisbane hosted the Commonwealth Games.

Afghanistan Conflict

Following multiple terrorist attacks in United States of America on 11 September 2001, then US President George W. Bush declared a “War on Terror”. Australia invoked the ANZUS treaty to support the US effort.

Natural Fish Creek Habitat

At the time of early British colonisation, the land around Fish Creek in The Gap would have remained in its natural state.

Traditional Custodians of the Land

Aboriginal people are the first people and traditional custodians of the land where Hilder Road State School is now located. It is acknowledged as the traditional land of the Turrbal people.

First Australian Languages & Nations

Before British colonisation, it is estimated that there were over 90 different Aboriginal languages in Queensland.

Natural Environment

Around The Gap, huge trees may have stood for many hundreds of years. A few of these very old trees can still be seen today in D’Aguilar National Park.

First Recorded European Contact

In 1606, the Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon landed near the site where Weipa is now located on the western shore of Cape York. This was the first recorded encounter between Europeans and first Australian peoples.

Cook Maps East Coast of Australia

Lieutenant James Cook and crew aboard a ship called the Endeavour mapped the east coast of Australia in April 1770.

First Australian Peoples Experience of Colonisation

For Australia's first peoples, British arrival in Australia was an invasion – it brought war, disease and deprivation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were displaced from the traditional lands they had occupied for 60 thousand years, since the time of the Dreaming.

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