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Nobby Beach history

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Click to enlarge Looking south from North Nobby Headland, circa 1885. Photographer unknown.

Looking south from North Nobby Headland,
circa 1885. Photographer unknown.

Frederick Fowler was a timber-getter, hauler and grazier in the Tallebudgera district.

It is documented that the Nobbies was the late nineteenth century name for Little Burleigh Head - and a local reference to Fowler's head bullock, Nobby, which once went missing and was found there.

Today, Little Burleigh carries the name South Nobby. The knoll immediately to the south of Mermaid Beach is North Nobby - more recently Magic Mountain.

In Mermaid Beach itself, we have Nobby Beach. 'Never was a team bullock so memorialized.'

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

Sources of information and further reading

Longhurst, Robert, 1991, Heart of Paradise, p.23

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