If you’ve read my earlier post about the Waters of Milton, then you will have already encountered this story, but I’d like to give it a post of its own. It’s the story of a lagoon that existed in the area bounded by Cribb Street, Park Road, Coronation Drive and the railway line — just outside the catchment of Western Creek. The lagoon stretched diagonally across this area from just near the Suncorp Bank on Park Road to where Cribb Street meets Coronation Drive.
The image below shows how the lagoon was depicted by the surveyor James Warner in 1850 on what is possibly the earliest map of the area. Immediately below the map is a screenshot from Google Earth, into which I imported an overlay of Warner’s map. It doesn’t exactly stand out, but if you look closely you can see the lagoon stretched across the modern landscape. In the background, you can also see Boundary Creek snaking through the Coronation Drive Office Park and past Suncorp Stadium.
A lagoon between Cribb Street and Park Road, Mitlon, as depicted in 1850.
The lagoon that once stretched between Cribb Street and Park road, as depicted on a map from 1850.
Just a quick note to acknowledge that there is evidently something wrong with how some pages on the site are displaying. No, I have not deliberately made some pages green and made random parts of the text small and unreadable.
The cause is a WordPress plugin that I use to generate footnotes, so you’ll notice the problem on pages with lots of footnotes. Unfortunately, If I disable the plugin, these pages will become unreadable for other reasons. If I can’t resolve the problem soon I will have to find another way to manage the many footnotes on the site, and this could take a lot of time.
Anyway, fingers crossed, things will be back to normal soon.
UPDATE 20/03/2013: In case anyone cares, I’ve sorted this out by switching to a different footnote plugin. The pages that were playing up seem to be working now, but it is possible that I’ve missed something, so do let me know if something looks awry.
A pond in a tributary of Ithaca Creek, Mount Coot-tha. (February 2013)
This is just a quick plug for a side-project of mine that has mostly sat on the back-burner since this website was conceived. Before I started mapping out Western Creek in my imagination, I had started to map out Ithaca Creek (a real creek!) photographically. My plan was (and still is) to photograph Ithaca creek from one end to the other, documenting its journey from the headwaters in Mount Coot-tha Forest through to the much more suburban surrounds of Red Hill where it joins its bigger brother, Enoggera Creek.
Ithaca Creek is a neighbour of Western Creek, sharing a catchment boundary along the ridge of Stuartholme Road, Simpson’s Road, Macgregor Terrace and much of Latrobe Terrace.
To see the Ithaca Creek photo-map, click here and then click on the small banner at the top of the page to go to the Picasa Web Album (Google appears to be phasing out Web Albums in favour of the happy-snap functionality of Google+, so I don’t know how long this will remain functional). Beneath the small map on the right-hand side of the album there is a link which takes you to a proper map view of the album.