Convict Farm

Eagle Farm


Much of the efforts of early Brisbane were attempts to find usable timber. Image: Australian Pictures, Willoughby, 1886

Expansion of the settlement came in 1829 when Colonial Botanist Charles Frazer visited to check the progress of his gardens at Gardens Point (now the Brisbane City Botanic Garden).

He was delighted by what he saw. The growth, he wrote, was truly astonishing. There were about 15 acres (6 hectares) under crop, with an abundance of common vegetables like cabbages and carrots. The success of Frazer’s gardens meant the health of the convicts had improved considerably. In addition to the city gardens there were nearly 15 acres of sweet potatoes and yams, mostly at New Farm.

Logan was confident they could do better. With Frazer’s help he chose a large site about eight miles by land and eleven by water down river from old Brisbane Town. The site came to be known as Eagle Farm.

87 Schneider Road EAGLE FARM QLD 4009

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