Living on the edge : along Tingalpa Creek. A history of Upper Tingalpa, Capalaba and Thorneside

Howells, Mary (2001). Living on the edge : along Tingalpa Creek. A history of Upper Tingalpa, Capalaba and Thorneside MPhil Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Howells, Mary
Thesis Title Living on the edge : along Tingalpa Creek. A history of Upper Tingalpa, Capalaba and Thorneside
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2001
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Supervisor Dr W Ross Johnston
Dr Rod Fisher
Total pages 152
Language eng
Subjects 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Formatted abstract
The Tingalpa creek catchment lies on the border between the Redland Shire and Brisbane City. A number of factors ensured the slow rate of development in the region. Geographic elements included isolation and poor soils. From a socio-economic perspective, an administrative decision to locate the local government boundaries on the creek and along the major roads that radiate from Capalaba ensured division in the resident communities. The population remained fringe dwellers and the constant marginalisation and isolation enhanced a frontier mentality, which carried through for decades. Not only were residents living on the edge of various local government authorities, but also the moderate success of agricultural pursuits meant many were living on the edge of poverty.

This study examines the changing nature of land use over time and the evolution of the region and its people. While this was initially slow, a major transformation has occurred more recently, particularly in Capalaba. This former frontier town defined by isolation and poverty is now a major business centre surrounded by supporting urban development. Thorneside's transition has been less dramatic in terms of change of land use. Different factors have transformed the sleepy settliement of seaside cottages into an exclusive waterside dormitory suburb. While Birkdale was historically more successful in agricultural pursuits, it has also changed dramatically with only one or two farms remaining hidden amongst the urban sprawl.

While this project devotes much attention to the analysis of external influences on the region, the strength of the study Hes in its focus on the people. Insights into the endurance mechanisms utilised in this hostile environment assist in the provision of an overview of the character of the region. This has come about via the circular nature of the human ability to adapt to the environment and the environment 'selecting' those who could survive it. This region has produced unique characters defined by their adaptability, independence, and resourcefulness.
Keyword Thorneside (Qld.) -- History
Tingalpa (Qld.) -- History
Capalaba Region (Qld.) -- History
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