SLHG Research Three – St Lucia Farming Sub-division, the History of Birdlife and the Dart, Watt and Jarrott Families

Over the last fifteen years members of the St Lucia History Group have researched many aspects of the European development of St Lucia. This individual and collaborative effort is recorded in a series of papers and research notes reflecting the particular interests of each of the authors. Most are considered ‘work in progress’.

Over the coming weeks they will be progressively uploaded as an on-line resource. Comments, corrections and contributions are welcome.

The twenty or so farming families that cleared the bush and settled the land in St Lucia were generally not the original purchasers. John Carmody was alone in taking up residence and farming the land he bought at government auction. Farming Sub-division outlines the first 30 years of this activity from self-sufficiency/market gardening to more intensive crops such as cotton and sugar cane including the establishment of Dart’s Mill where the University Boatsheds are today on the St Lucia Reach.

With common interests and many travelling out together on immigrant ships such as the John Fielden the Indooroopilly farmers (contemporary name for St Lucia and Long Pocket) formed themselves into one of the first coherent communities outside of Brisbane. The Dart, Watt and Jarrott families are good examples of how pioneering lives were closely intertwined with their neighbours.

This early clearing and subsequent development has had a significant impact on the natural environment. The History of Birdlife in St Lucia examines the influence of European development on the species and diversity of birdlife it can support.

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