Monday, June 11, 2012

Hemmant - much to see

Hemmant is a suburb of Brisbane - not far from the Brisbane River, and tucked away from the main road between the city and Wynnum.  It is a place with quite interesting history.

Hemmant was named after Hon William Hemmant who was "Colonial Treasurer 1874 - 76 who owned the high-profile home " Eldernell" at Hamilton on the opposite side of the river".  You can read  more about the history of Hemmant here.  (This information is from that website)

Also from the website...  "Such structures as the Hemmant Uniting Church, Tingalpa Anglican Christ Church, the residence 'Dumbarton' at Hemmant [ the home of a later member of the Gibson family which established the first sugar mill in the valley]"

"Dumbarton" was relocated to a site adjacent to Hemmant Primary School to make way for the construction of the Port Road [ the author was active in a project of restoring Christ Church at Tingalpa, which was completed in 2007.]

"Other built heritage items of value remaining in the valley are the Anning Boer War monument in Hemmant-Tingalpa Rd., Hemmant"

Dumbarton House is still in the grounds of the old Hemmant School, which has recently been taken over by a training organisation.

In Hemmant the old church remains on Hemmant Tingalpa Road, and at the back is an old lock up, and at the Wynnum Road end of Hemmant Tingalpa Road is the Hemmant Cemetery in which many of the old settlers were buried.  The old cemetery is to the right as one drives in the main entrance.

Behind the cemetery is Hemmant Quarry Reserve.  This under used space is a mostly bushland, with a lake in what was the old quarry.  There are walking tracks, and boardwalks in the bushland, and  as you can see from the video below, great cycling tracks.

How do you get there?  There is an almost hidden entrance on Wynnum Road, but on Fleming Road, there is a small car park and entrance.

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