He found a bewitching subtropical paradise, ripe for exploration and settlement.
This is the story of Brisbane. Our town.
Reports of a river which fed a rich and lush floodplain led Oxley to investigate further. He explored and named it after his boss, the then Governor of New South Wales, Scotsman Sir Thomas Brisbane.
Australia was in those days still a convict's scourge and Brisbane was set to become its supermax prison, housing the roughest and most dangerous from Sydney. The Jagera and Turrbal Aboriginal clans which had prior occupied the area were swept from history as owners.
By 1859 the burgeoning gateway to the north had established enough of an identity, to warrant separate recognition from the crown and Queensland was decreed a self-governing colony, with Brisbane its capital.