Redcliffe, Queensland

Redcliffe, Queensland

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Redcliffe, Queensland

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Redcliffe is a residential suburb of the Moreton Bay Region in the north-east of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately north-northeast of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia.

Due to it being part of a conurbation, in terms of population, Redcliffe is part of the statistical division of Brisbane.

The city's name originates from "Red Cliff Point" named by the explorer John Oxley. Redcliffe became Queensland's first colony in 1824, however it was soon abandoned for Brisbane.

Since the 1880s, Redcliffe has been a popular seaside resort location due to its proximity to Brisbane.

History

Before European settlement, the Redcliffe Peninsula was occupied by the indigenous Kabi people.

Redcliffe holds the distinction of being the first European settlement in Queensland, first visited by Matthew Flinders on 17 July 1799. Explorer John Oxley recommended "Red Cliff Point" – named after the red-coloured cliffs visible from Moreton Bay – to the Governor Thomas Brisbane for the new colony, reporting that ships could land at any tide and easily get close to the shore. The party settled in Redcliffe on 13 September 1824, under the command of Lieutenant Henry Miller with 14 soldiers, some with wives and children, and 29 convicts. However, this settlement was abandoned after one year and the colony was moved south to a site on the Brisbane...
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