INTRODUCTION: (i) Purpose and extent of the thesis.
The study of the beginnings and growth of a city and its suburbs, and in the case of Brisbane, of the suburb of Nundah in particular, can, I believe, be justified. The nature of a city's beginnings, of its growth, of its settlers and the trials and vicissitudes they have encountered over the years, all have some determining effect on what the city is at its present stage of development. They determine what makes the city similar to other cities and they determine the individual qualities of the city, by which it may be distinguished from other cities. The development of each suburb shows (to degrees of varying importance) aspects of the growth of the city itself. In the study of Brisbane, the development of its suburbs deserves special attention, for it is in that period of history in which Brisbane began and has continued its growth that suburbia has assumed a role of importance and become an integral feature of most cities of the world.
Nundah is worthy of particular study because in its initiation, and early development it possessed certain peculiarities which were completely different from those of any other Brisbane suburb. It is unique in that Brisbane's first group of free white settlers established their homes there, in that it is the only Brisbane suburb that began as a mission to the aborigines and in that it was not formed as Brisbane settlement expanded, but was already there, a settlement in its own right, before the mother settlement spread its tentacles to reach it. However, certain aspects of Nundah's development particularly have in its later stages much in common with those of other Brisbane suburbs. It is intended here to examine the development of Nundah so that the features peculiar to it, and those it shares with other suburbs of Brisbane, may become obvious.