Probus Club takes St Helena Island cruise and tour
IN JUNE, the Redcliffe City Mixed Probus Club enjoyed a memorable day outing to St Helena Island in inner Moreton Bay.
With the winter cold and overcast skies, plus a bit of walking ahead, we all came fully prepared as we boarded the MV Lady Brisbane at the Redcliffe Jetty.
It was in 1867 that the government signed a proclamation that St Helena Island was to be our first penal settlement in Queensland.
The last prisoner left the island in 1932, and in 1979 the island became our first historic National Park.
The Penal settlement was set up to be self-sufficient in every way with crops and industries.
Most people are probably aware of Port Arthur in Tasmania as a reminder of our past penal history, however, a guided tour of St Helena Island will also have an effect on you.
The informative tour guide explains the history of all the various structures to the walking group as we stop at each stark ruin.
At the restored chief warden's quarters and museum we reflected on the past grim days with the prison artefacts and photos.
Among the historic stone ruins are the prisoners' quarters, the many varied workshops and separate cemeteries.
Besides all these past relics, we admired the beautiful setting of this island with great views to the Brisbane CBD and the bayside suburbs.
We were also fascinated by the farm with the quality cattle, and especially the hundreds of wallabies that roamed the island.
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