Jackson Road Russell Island

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Jackson Road

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This is the site of a settlement established by Mark Jackson in the 1920s. The Jackson family came to the island about 1905 and took up pineapple farming, one of the first farming families to do so. In 1915 Mark Jackson opened a pineapple cannery that employed up to 20 people in its heyday. It is famous for being one of the suppliers of canned pineapple to Allied troops fighting in France during World War I. Not long after World War I, the cannery closed and was replaced by a sawmill on the same site. Before the mill closed, it supplied timber for a number of island buildings, including a Methodist Church.

Jenner on Banana Boat

The pineapple cannery was built just above the high water mark, apparently because the equipment was too heavy to carry any further up the slope. Mark Jackson also built a jetty and a barge to take produce to the markets, as well as an enclosed swimming pool with a shark barrier. The remains of the structures can be found at the water’s edge below the site of the cannery and sawmill. No settlement is complete without entertainment, so Mark Jackson also built the Bay View Picture Theater about 1950. Jackson donated five acres for a school oval in 1922, which is today the Jackson’s Oval cricket ground. In its heyday, Jacksonville was one of the main transport nodes, with most of the fruit boats visiting the island in those days traveling along the aptly named Main Channel that runs between Redland Bay and Russell Island. They picked up and delivered passengers and produce from the Logan River, other southern bay islands and the mainland settlements. Little remains of the Jacksonville settlement: the Methodist Church was eaten by white ants and pulled down and the picture theater burnt down in 1960. All that is left of the pineapple cannery/sawmill are its leveled site and some remnants off Jackson Street. The remains of the jetty and barge can be found down on the water’s edge and some concrete block walls from the swimming enclosure are visible.

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Russell Island
Former convict John Clowes started a small oyster burning business on Russell
Island. Lime burners were springing up all over the coastal areas as the demand for
lime (used in cement) grew in the expanding colony. Clowes was one of the first lime
burners to operate in the Redlands district.
One of the main sources of oysters was the middens dotted all over the islands, and many middens were destroyed during this time. As the lime burners ran out of middens and other deposits, they began collecting live oysters for their shells. This practice was banned in 1863 as the authorities recognized the value of the live oyster trade. From this time on, the live trade took over.
In 1870 Clowes took up a 27 acre oyster lease on Russell Island.
oyster work
1855
Timbergetters had begun logging the islands, especially Russell, Lamb and
Karragarra. They were versatile; many also collected oysters either to burn the shells
for lime or as a food source.
Humpy Lamb island

Humpy Lamb island

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