Moreton Bay
The Noonucal and Gorenpul peoples called the area Quandamooka. In 1770 Captain James Cook sailed along this inlet of the Pacific Ocean naming the area after James Douglas Morton, 14th Earl of Morton becoming ‘Moreton Bay’, an area covering the southern end of North Stradbroke Island to Bribie Island. From 1824 until 1842, it was a place of punishment for reoffending Port Jackson convicts. Eventually settlement occurred, the islands were cleared for farming then housing development now with suburban facilities that support permanent residents and many day visitors.

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2. Encyclopedia Britannica (2012) Retrieved 30 July 2012 from

3. Whitmore, M., & De Lacy, T. (n.d). Sustainable development and management of tourism in Moreton Bay. Brisban: The Sustainable Tourism CRC. Retrieved 3 August, 2012 from

4. Queensland Department of Science Information Technology Innovation and the Arts : Queensland State Archives. (2012). Moreton Bay convict settlement Retrieved 2 August, 2012, from
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