A blog about Lamb Island in Moreton Bay, Queensland – a unique little paradise under forty kilometres as the seagull flies from Brisbane CBD.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Not-so-open space.

After posting the other day about Lamb Island’s parks and the open spaces that we enjoy because of so-far-still-vacant blocks, I’ve since realised that I maybe should’ve included mention of the Harry Brook Reserve (named after one of the island’s original farmers). It’s a two-hectares expanse of bushland donated to the island community in 1996 by his widow, Peggy* (by then, after remarrying, Peggy Saunders). Mind you, it’s basically just bush – and these days, because it’s been left to succumb to a certain amount of weed infestation, it’s not particularly pristine bush at that. But I’m sure the local birds and critters like the fact that it’s there. I’ve indicated it below:

* Peggy Saunders was diminutive, probably under five feet tall, and married Harry Brook and came to live/work on his farm on Lamb Island (if I’ve got it right) in her teens. Twice-widowed, she was well into her eighties when I first met her a couple of years before her death in 2002. At that age she was regularly traveling from Lamb Island to the mainland to volunteer at a retirement home because, as she told me without a hint of irony: “The old people there really appreciate a bit of cheering up.”