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Mermaid Beach history

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Click to enlarge Beach cottage in the vicinity of Albatross Avenue, circa 1940s. Photographer unknown.

Beach cottage in the vicinity of Albatross
Avenue, circa 1940s. Photographer unknown.

Mermaid Beach, circa 1939. Photographer unknown.

Mermaid Beach, circa 1939.
Photographer unknown.

Mermaid Beach, 1950. Photographer unknown.

Mermaid Beach, 1950.
Photographer unknown.

John Oxley, Surveyor General of New South Wales, Robert Stirling, a cartographer, and John Uniacke, a colonial officer, landed from the cutter Mermaid on a Gold Coast beach in 1823.

The Queensland Minister for Lands approved the name Mermaid Beach on 11 September 1946. (McRobbie, Alexander, Gold Coast Heritage, p.2)

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

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