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Carrara history

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Click to enlarge Birribon homestead, Carrara, circa 1910. Photographer unknown.

Birribon homestead, Carrara, circa 1910.
Photographer unknown.

The Aquabelles at the Surfers Paradise Ski Gardens, Carrara, circa 1959. Alexander McRobbie, photographer.

The Aquabelles at the Surfers Paradise Ski
Gardens, Carrara, circa 1959.
Alexander McRobbie, photographer.

Carrara Ferry with cane on its way to the new Nerang Central Mill, circa 1897. Photographer unknown.

Carrara Ferry with cane on its way to
the new Nerang Central Mill, circa 1897.
Photographer unknown.

What's in a name?

Carrara. An Aboriginal word Karara meaning long flat

Gresty, J.A. The Numinbah Valley, Its Geography History and Aboriginal associations.

Steele, J.G., Aboriginal Pathways in Southeast Queensland and the Richmond River, p63)

Located on the southern bank of the Nerang River east of Nerang, the Carrara area was originally part of the Manchester Cotton Company's cotton plantation established in the first part of the 1860s.

The Manchester Cotton Block was bounded in the east by today's Bermuda Street, Broadbeach Waters. On the left it included much of the land later known as Carrara.

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

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