Brian Hutchison and family celebrate a historical achievement at the book launch for Prawn Trawlers of Cabbage Tree Creek.
Brian Hutchison and family celebrate a historical achievement at the book launch for Prawn Trawlers of Cabbage Tree Creek.

Talk about history of prawn trawlers of Cabbage Tree Creek

THE Sandgate Museum's local history talk for August will be a presentation by longtime resident and author Brian Hutchison who recently launched his latest publication about the history of the Prawn Trawlers of Cabbage Tree Creek 1952-2014.

Since, and surely before, the days of St Peter the Fisherman, prawns have been caught by an infinite number of processes around the globe ranging from hands-on stealth at first to current day hi-tech processes.

This has been the situation in Moreton Bay, or closer to home, with respect to the prawn trawling industry of Cabbage Tree Creek.

Mid last century the Queensland Government commissioned trials to determine the viability of a State prawn trawling industry and no doubt jobs that it may create directly and generate in support industries.

Changes to Queensland Legislation with respect to fishing processes and equipment resulted in the nucleus of a large industry State-wide, at first in Moreton Bay, that saw the growth of a large fleet of trawlers operating out of Cabbage Tree Creek.

Prawn Trawlers of Cabbage Tree Creek 1952-2014 looks at the growth of the industry and the social and economic impact on the Sandgate community and contentious issues with respect to the environmental impact on the Creek and Bramble Bay and the wider Moreton Bay.

Visitors are welcome to attend Brian's presentation commencing at 2pm at the Sandgate Museum, 150 Rainbow St, Sandgate, to be followed by afternoon tea.

Inquiries please phone 3869 2283 or 0408 073 179, email: sandgatemusm@bigpond.com or via our website: http://www.sandgatemuseum.com


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