Leaving on the Ferry to the Mainland Russell Island to Redland Bay

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The beautiful part of living on an island is traveling the sea and the daily ride to the mainland is a delight.

Every trip is different, every day the light changes, the colors change and the sea and sky shows a different mood.

Ukelele Festival Cleveland

I went to 5 different workshops and part of the night concert at the Ukelele Festival held annually at Cleveland.

This year the rain dampened the festival but attendees were sheltered at the three venues the work shops were held at.

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Sunrise Over the Sea

A beautiful sunset over the sea at Russell Island.

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Sunset Russell island 20 May 2015

Another amazing sunset. I was visiting a friend in Canaipa Drive when the sky turned into flames.

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Sunset Russell Island 19 May 2015

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Mrs Fischers Grave Russell Island


The person responsible for Mrs Fischer’s memorial and setting up the museum was Wendy Dorrington.
The collection largely was a private one owned by the postmaster of the eighties Jim Batey with his wife
Ruth who still lives on the island. Wendy obtained a grant from Redland City Council and the collection was
purchased with Redland Museum at Cleveland being the “auspicious body for SMBIM” in 2006.


Gwendoline Fischer and her husband Jay first took up land on Russell Island in 1906, purchasing 120 acres at a cost of 2 shilling and 6 pence per acre and later acquired another 80 acres. They called the farm “Rehcsif” which is Fischer spelt backwards and grew a variety of fruit and vegetables, made jams and conserves and also ran a pineapple pulping factory under there home whilst caring for 13 children. Mrs Fischers is the only recognised european grave site on Russell island. Her last wish was to be buried in her beloved fernery that was attached to the homestead which originally stood on the memorial park site.
Gwwendoline Adelaide Fischer passed on in 1942 at 60 years of age and the original headstone was made and erected by Charlie Culverhouse and placed in her fernery including her favourite broach and ashes. Over time the property was lost to developers and the headstone was bulldozed during clearing of the area. Gwendolyn’s family have remade the headstone from salvaged pieces and it has been re-erected in the park created through the Bay Island Community Services, under Mission Australia with the “Work for the Dole” system.


Mrs Fischer’s grave Cannes Avenue, No public access: unformed roads.

Jay Fischer took up land on Russell Island in 1906, beginning with 120 acres and adding another 80 acres later on. The farm was between Waikiki Beach Rd, Flinders, and Leigh Crescent on the southern end of the island. The farm was called Rehcsif – Fischer spelt backwards. Jay and his wife, Gwendolyn, grew fruit and vegetables, and they also set up a pineapple pulping factory and made jam conserve. The farm did not do well and Gwendolyn had to sell some of the land to pay off debts after Jay’s death.

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When Gwendolyn died in 1943 her ashes were brought over to the island and placed in a memorial on their land near the end of Cannes Avenue. The ashes and her favourite greenstone brooch were placed in the headstone behind a glass panel. Some years later the stone mound was accidentally bulldozed. The family rebuilt the stone monument and a memorial garden with the help of Mission Australia and the Bay Islands Community Services, but the brooch and the urn with her ashes were lost. Local legend has it that the grave site is haunted.


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Glen Innes New South Wales

Glen Innes is a parish and town on the Northern Tablelands, in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. It is the centre of the Glen Innes Severn Shire Council.


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I stopped by the RSL and took some photos of the autumn trees in the park on the corner. It was very beautiful.


Glen Innes CBD     Club Hotel Glen Innes

Chapel Glen Innes Imperial Hotel Glen Innes


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This area is sapphire country..I shall return to do some fossicking here sometime. Again I wanted to stay a few days but had to move on…https://www.gleninnestourism.com/fossicking/

The road down south through Tamworth is very hilly and slow driving with magnificent views..

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Cecil Plains Queensland..Cotton Growing


Cecil Plains is a town in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia. The town is located in the Toowoomba Region, 217 kilometres (135 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane. At the 2011 census, Cecil Plains had a population of 678.[1] The fertile black soil around Cecil Plains is ideal for cotton production and the town is now the home of one of the largest cotton gins in the southern hemisphere.



European settlement in the area began in 1842, when Henry Stuart Russell claimed land around the Condamine River to establish Cecil Plains station. The site of the station homestead was to become the site of the town. Ludwig Leichhardt used the homestead as a base for two expeditions into the surrounding region in 1844 and 1847. The station originally grazed cattle but later moved to wool production.[2]

In 1916, Cecil Plains station was acquired by the Queensland government and subdivided for closer settlement, with some parcels reserved for soldier settlers. The new settlers produced mainly wheat and dairy. The railway arrived in 1919,[3] followed by a post office in 1921 (a receiving office had been open from 1890)[4] and a police station in 1934. The local pub is called the Victory Hotel, as a result of a successful vote in 1938 (on the third attempt) to establish a drinking establishment in the town. From the 1960s cotton became the main crop grown in the area

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Lake Broadwater Dalby Queensland


I headed inland and stayed at Lake Blackwater which was especially beautiful this year.


Lake Broadwater is the only large, naturally-occurring freshwater lake on the Darling Downs and is an important refuge for waterbirds and other wildlife. The lake is popular for picnicking, walking and birdwatching at any time of year; as well as power-boating, skiing, canoeing and swimming when conditions are suitable.


Lake Broadwater, surrounded by cypress pine, eucalypt and brigalow open woodland, is a shallow lake which covers approximately 350 ha of the 1,212 ha regional park. It is listed in the Directory of Nationally Important Wetlands and is an excellent example of a semi-permanent freshwater lake in an area where these are rare. The lake fills only after heavy rains and when full is up to 3–4 m deep. It dries out periodically, sometimes for lengthy periods.

More than 230 species of birds have been recorded at the park. The number and variety are due primarily to the wide range of habitat types; from wetlands to vegetation representative of drier inland regions. It is a valuable breeding ground for waterfowl, including migratory species that have travelled long distances from other parts of Australia and the world.



The camping facilities are excellent..free hot showers, power points in the amenities and well lit at night with a caretaker.

Cost is $5.60 a person and you fill in a booking slip at the entrance.

The weekend had many people enjoying the water with children playing on the sand and swimming, boats and fishing all happening. I had planned to stay a few days but was called on to move forward so sadly left the very beautiful and relaxing Broadwater Lake where I was camped right opposite the water and the sunrises.


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Childers Anzac March remembering 100 year Centenary


The March started outside the Hotel at Childers . One side of the road had vehicles and the other the marchers led by an ambulance, a kilted Bagpiper and a soldier riding a horse.


Many of the old diggers were happy to be photographed and proud to show their medals and war participation.


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The parade ended at the RSL where there was a service and refreshments for all. A light aircraft flew past during the March.

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