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Biggera Waters history

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Click to enlarge Construction of the Lands End bridge, Biggera Waters, 1960. Bob Avery, photographer.

Construction of the Lands End bridge,
Biggera Waters, 1960. Bob Avery, photographer.

Loading sea mullet onto trucks, Labrador, circa 1940s. Photographer unknown.

Loading sea mullet onto trucks, Labrador,
circa 1940s. Photographer unknown.

Biggera Waters is situated on the edge of the Broadwater and is located just north of the suburb of Labrador.

Biggera Creek flows through the middle of the suburb and a point of land at the mouth of the creek is known as Lands End.

The land north of Labrador was subdivided in the 19th century and a number of farming and fishing families made their home there, among them John Siganto who built a residence called Finis at Lands End.

In 1939, R.G. Oates, an early real estate salesman on the Gold Coast, invested in land backing on to Biggera Creek.

It was not until 1960 that a bridge was constructed at Lands End, Labrador. The Biggera Creek bridge opened up the development potential of the northern estate which R.G. Oates had named Anglers Paradise.

What's in a name?

Biggera from the red iron bark tree (Eucalyptus sideroploia) from the Yugambeh language. F.J. Watson. Vocabularies of four representative tribes of South Eastern Queensland. Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, p.54.

Information and images provided by the City of Gold Coast Local Studies Collection.

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