Take ‘A CRUSADER’S JOURNEY’ with us, as we come together in support of those affected by the ongoing bushfires! Please help us sell all tickets so we can DONATE ALL WE CAN!
This will be a night to remember as you become immersed in your journey along the Crusaders route delighting your taste buds with flavours from exotic lands.
Let your eyes feast on colourful characters from times long past as you step back in time.
This delightful evening is our crusade to raise funds to support those affected by the devastating bush fires and 100% of the profits will be donated.
So grateful for our amazing partners! Let’s take a look at North Harbour. Have you been to BITE Markets, and have you heard about TownLiving? Check this out…
BITE Markets, Terrace Homes, Three New Parks and More…It’s All Happening at North Harbour!
Bite Markets at North Harbour
Over 20,000 food fans have flocked to Bite Markets at North Harbour in the first two weekends of this new dining adventure opening! Starring over 40 Flavour Makers and bars, presented in permanent customised shipping containers and surrounded by landscaped areas in a fully fenced dining precinct, Bite Markets is open EVERY Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm (weather depending). The team at Bite Markets is all about celebrating local flavours and incredible dishes from around the world and is home to a range of pretty special dishes – think, the Moreton Bay Bug Roll and brilliant Berlin Street Food! ONLY FOUND AT BITE!
With parking for more than 800 cars, Bite is located at exit 150 off the Bruce Highway on Nolan Drive in Morayfield, just 12 minutes from North Lakes and 25 minutes from Brisbane. Bite Markets is overflowing with taste, colour and entertainment for people and palates of all ages. A dedicated children’s play zone called ‘The Paddock’ with AstroTurf (for fun in all weather conditions!) with face painting, games and art & craft keeps the kids entertained whilst older family members enjoy the hospitality that Bite Markets has to offer.
Take Exit 150 from the Bruce Highway to Nolan Drive. Follow the signs – Bite is 12 minutes from North Lakes and 25 minutes from Brisbane.
OPENING HOURS: BITE is open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm
ENTRY DETAILS: $3 entry for adults, children 12 year and under are free of charge
For more information find Bite Markets at North Harbour on Facebook and Instagram or visit
TownLiving by Metricon Terrace Homes
TownLiving by Metricon’s Normanby Crescent Residences are bringing a brand-new housing style to North Harbour!
Priced from $367,000, these stunning new 3-bed, 2-bath homes offer the latest in lock up and go living. Comprised of eight contemporary, terraced residences, Normanby Crescent Residences is located opposite Habitat Park (currently under construction) as well as being close to the existing Village Park at North Harbour. The Terrace Homes also have easy access to the future $3M Heritage Park.
Created by Australia’s leading builder – Metricon Homes, each home’s clean-lined design celebrates natural light with spacious living and dining areas. Outstanding features include:
• No body corporate unlike town houses
• Quality fixtures and fittings
• Directly opposite Habitat Park
• North facing outlook
• Easy access to parks, walking trails and bike paths
• Close to cafes, schools, childcare and shops
• Fast broadband
• Free events at North Harbour every weekend
These eight new terraced homes will be built in Normanby Crescent. Two homes will be end of terrace which means they offer a double garage and are priced at $408,500; six will offer single garage homes priced at $367,000.
To find out more visit Metricon’s website here.
North Harbour Living
North Harbour will be home to five parks by the end of 2019!
Our first park, the Village Park, opened in October 2015 in Moreton Bay Boulevard, close to Normanby Crescent. It incorporates two areas of play equipment to suit both older children and pre-schoolers and has Wi-Fi, shelters, drinking fountains (for people and pets) and BBQs on 6000m2 of beautifully landscaped space.
Very popular with both residents and visitors, the Village Park has become the centre of North Harbour’s community playing host to many events, birthday parties, playdates, boot camps and much more.
Our second park, Reflections Park, opened in 2017 and is located on the south-western side of North Harbour near the Raff Creek Environmental Corridor. Reflections also includes play equipment aimed at young children, exercise equipment, BBQs and shelters. Reflections is also home to Sunday Sunrise Yoga in the Park, which is a free yoga class, suitable for all ages.
Riparian Park, which will include play equipment aimed at older kids such as a flying fox and basketball half court and shelters, BBQs and fitness equipment, is scheduled for completion in mid-2019. Habitat Park is adjacent to the proposed Terrace Homes and is also scheduled to open in 2019 and will include an off-leash dog exercise area, play equipment, wetlands and bird watching hide.
The Heritage Park is a community attraction costing over $3m with $1,535,062 of funds coming from the Federal Government through a funding agreement with the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. Funding is through the Community Development Grants programme, provided through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
The $1,535,062 Grant is being matched by North Harbour. The Abbey Museum and North Harbour are also working in partnership and providing significant “in-kind” support through project planning, project management, post-construction operation and maintenance.
The Heritage Park will open in late-2019 and offer fishing platforms/ canoe launch, BBQs and picnic amenities including toilets, heritage trails and an interpretive centre. The Heritage Park area is currently able to be accessed on Saturday mornings at 7.00am for those participating in the free, weekly North Harbour parkrun. For more information and directions please click here.
North Harbour boasts the largest area devoted to open space and parklands within the northern corridor. Our open space and parklands area will span 1000 acres. Extensive bike and walking tracks will give residents plenty of options for exercise and fun activities. Also included in our masterplan are proposed playing fields and a sporting complex.
Find North Harbour
North Harbour’s Sales and Information Centre & Display Village with café and two playgrounds is open seven days a week, 10am-5pm. Located on the corner of Buckley Road and Fraser Drive, Burpengary East, the Display Village showcases 33 brand new homes designs from 17 of Australia’s best builders including TownLiving by Metricon. North Harbour recently won the UDIA Queensland Award for Best Residential Subdivision and is EnviroDevelopment Accredited.
To keep up to date with the latest news and info, including North Harbour’s regular events, sign up for email updates and find North Harbour on Facebook, and Instagram @northharbourliving.
This year’s 30th Abbey Medieval Festival was everything it was anticipated to be and more. By now you may know certain facts about the Abbey Medieval Festival. At the top of list, are the one thousand re-enactors from a variety of groups who come to Abbeystowe to bring to life a time period representing 600AD to 1600AD. There was everything from the five medieval tournaments, including the highly anticipated Joust tournament, to presentations, demonstrations and workshops. There were re-enacted historical battles, birds of prey & incredible animals, live music & entertainers, and a traditional Viking boat burning honouring well known re-enactor “Visti the Viking”. There were 89 food and craft stall holders, and something for every interest imaginable. There was so much “medieval” it was hard to realise you weren’t actually in another place in time.
What you might not know is that there were over 30,000 visitors at Abbeystowe over the course of two days. It is the largest ‘living history’ event in Australia and even the Southern Hemisphere! We’d like to thank each involved in helping us achieve our mission in creating the ultimate medieval experience. It is our hope that everyone who experienced this tournament and festival milestone will have felt inspired to live a more enriched life, through this unique and immersive experience. Continue below to see a photographic journey from this spectacular 30th year! All photos by Brett Croese.
But first, we honour the 2019 tournament champions.
Joust: David Williamson
Archery: John Pettigrew
Oil Wrestling: Murat Sebat
Strength and Skill: Lady Heather and her proxy, Squire Gareth
Holmgang: N/A this year
David Williamson – 2019 Joust Tournament Champion!
Archery champion, John Pettigrew, honoured by the Lord and Lady of Abbeystowe!
Murat Sebat – Turkish Oil Wrestling Champ!
Lady Heather and her proxy, Squire Gareth – Strength and Skill!
The crowd was guided by none other than Lord Herald Sir Blair Martin!
It’s always so special to see the Birds of Prey!
The incredible Lady Amanda Challen during the parade…
…and head to head during the Joust Tournament!
Defending the castle during the seige!
‘Terry The Great’ from All Star Fish!
Familiar site at the Abbey for years, the Plague Doctor!
Burial site of the ‘”Fafnir” at the Norviks encampment!
Swaying in the breeze at over 3 meters tall!
Major blow during ground combat!
The Norviks and Saga Viking groups enter for the boat burning ceremony…
…and it was set ablaze!
Beautiful dancers from the Janissary Barracks!
A quick Q&A with Travis Savage, from the reenactment group, Companie Draco Routiers.
Tell us about CDR?
In the late 14th century, a wealthy mercenary company with renowned fame travels through regions of Europe. The knights often partake in tournaments seeking fame and men and women seek to join the ranks in the pursuit of wealth and adventure.
Sir Richard Sheffield – 2018 Abbey Medieval Festival Photo- Brett Croese
What is special about Abbey?
Abbey is special because of it’s history built on past re-enactors that have sculpted it to what it is today. In the old days, they didn’t have the internet so it was much harder to research and had to build everything from scratch, as it wasn’t readily available like today. A lot of great dedicated people have shaped it into what it is today. Names Like Damien Fegan, Justin Webb, Rosalie Gilbert and Gary Johnston come to mind when I think of Queensland’s contribution to the 14th century’s popularity.
Companie Draco Routiers – 14th century battle. Photo- Brett Croese
What can people expect to see at the festival?
The public can expect to see beautiful ladies honouring courageous knights with favours for their skill and chivalry. Also, charismatic heralds babbling stories of valour and reminding knights of their oaths. The children will wave their Draco flags and cheer for St.George as the English side takes to the field in a melee finale celebrating the 30th year of Queensland number one medieval festival !
Companie Draco Routiers – 14th century battles. Photo- Brett Croese
Beautiful Lady with courageous knight!
This year, we welcome 89 stalls, some of which have been to Abbeystowe for over 25 years! The following is just a preview of some of the amazing food and merchants that will be attending this year’s festival.
Click on the Festival Site Map to view a complete list of the stalls and where to find them!
Name: Brierley Wines
Years coming to Abbey? 12 years
Products: Honey Mead, Mulled wine & wine
“The lost art of traditional winemaking has been forgotten by most, but “Lord of the Meads”, Tony Brierley prides himself on honing his craft in the style of 12th century Sicilian monks. No modern technology has been used to produce these wines and mead, so therefore it is chemical, additive and preservative free.”
Name: Gypsy Feast
Years coming to Abbey? 5
Products: Food vendor serving exotic flavours from Persia to Morocco. Fragrant tanginess, spiced koftas and haloumi, fresh salads, and delicious desserts.
“Romani Gypsies arrived in Europe in the 1400’s, brining with them their unique culture of music, dance and food from a wide ranging nomadic lifestyle. We celebrate this beautiful culture with a collection of exotic flavours, following on of their well travelled paths, from India and the Middle East through North Africa and into Europe.”
Name: Hungarian Langos
Years coming to Abbey? 16 years
Products: Langos is a traditional Hungarian bread!
“As per the traditional way of bread making, our bread is hand kneaded full of love at the beginning of each and every day. We then golden fry it to be crispy on the outside and light n fluffy on the inside. We serve it hot with your choice of garlic flavour topped with finely grated cheddar cheese and sour cream, or cinnamon sugar coated with whipped cream and strawberries.
But a note of caution, it is deliciously addictive, and you will find yourself hooked for life!”
Name: Mrs. Bean Coffee
Years coming to Abbey? This will be 3 years
Products: Coffee’s, teas, turmeric and beetroot latte
Name: Normanby Wines
Years coming to Abbey? This will be our 15th year
Products: Wine – Red and white, sweet and dry and fortified.
“Alcohol was seen as more nutritious and beneficial to digestion than water. In medieval times they did not have water treatment facilities, chlorine tablets or anything like that, water from a spring would be fine, the towns did not have toilets so streets may not be so healthy, water from the rain washes the streets clean and flows into the river. Alcohol is a natual steriliser to keep you healthy as is my wine.“
Name: A Page in History
Years coming to Abbey? Our first year was 1994 when we were trading as The Wood Forge
Products: Wooden swords, shields, battle axes, toy castles.
“Our shields are not only fun, they are educational too! Each heraldic shield is painted with genuine designs, and the name of the knight together with dates and detail is shown on the back. Norman & Viking shields are also available. Every year, children come to see us and bring their shield with them. They last! One year a father brought his little son to our stall and told us that he had bought one of our shields when he was child and he wanted his son to have one too. That was very special.”
Name: Archery Bisconi
Years coming to Abbey? This is our first official year as a stallholder.
Products: Traditional Archery Supplies – English longbows, Hun bows, arrows, leather armguards, leather quivers etc
“We cater to reenactors and the general public producing replica English longbows, Hun bows and period authentic self nocked arrows as well as handmade leather accoutrements. We can make to order and also provide guidance and advice to aspiring archers. Our stall caters to all traditional archers from beginners and children through to the seasoned veteran.”
Name: Beljays Felt
Years coming to Abbey? This will be my 4th year
Products: Items made of wool. Particularly handfelted archers hats and slippers. Also handspun and dyed yarns, wool for spinning and some beautiful hand woven or hand knitted items.
“I start with natural fleece from sheep. I wash it, dye it and then either felt it or spin it. My items are unique, made with care and will last. My techniques reflect those used throughout the medieval period.
Name: Dwarven Steel
Years coming to Abbey? 1
Products: Hand forged products and natural drinking horns
“As a young, self-taught blacksmith I strive to not only provide bespoke hand made products, but to also inspire a passion for working with your hands and making unique and one-off items.”
Name: Flaming Gargoyle Pottery
Years coming to Abbey? 12 years
Products: Reproduction Medieval ceramics/pottery.
“Flaming Gargoyle Pottery produces pottery for everyday use, based on Medieval ware. Focus has been placed on creating appropriate forms and decoration for a range of time periods including Viking, Byzantine, High Medieval and Tudor.”
Name: Happy Flame Beeswax Candles
Years coming to Abbey? 5 years
Products: Hand crafted beeswax candles
“Beeswax candles for your castle! Beeswax was for the Royalty, no smelly tallow candles for Kings and Queens!
Made from pure beeswax from the Northern Rivers region, our candles burn long and true, all hand crafted.
Available once again for all the Ladies and Lords at the Medieval Festival this year. Huzzah!”
Name: Henna Harem
Years coming to Abbey? 16 years
Products: Henna body adornment
“Over the tournament weekend we create traditional designs from Medieval Europe, Persia, Africa, India and Egypt.
Information boards are displayed for public interest with henna use and design trends during the Middle Ages, as well as a long list of countries using henna between 600 and 1600 AD.
Our henna paste is made fresh on site using natural ingredients. We aim to provide a traditional henna experience to those visiting Abbeystowe.”
Name: Hive and Hearth
Years coming to Abbey? First Time!
Products: Beeswax candles and herb craft, salves, balms, polish, and wax cloth.
“Beeswax dates back since time immemorial and we can’t wait to bring it’s versatile medieval uses into the candle light! Proot yer boots and bags, light your lanterns and salve your skin!”
Name: Kelemen’s Archery
Years coming to Abbey? This year will be my first time.
Products: Authentic medieval wooden arrows, bows and archery equipment from Hungary.
“Kelemen’s Archery was established in Hungary, Europe in 1995. Since then our brand has become well known for its high quality in Europe and America. Every piece is made by hand in Hungary with the highest attention to detail. Our arrows are made of Siberian Brovi pine and American turkey feathers with industry unique lacquer applied to the bandage. Our techniques and attention to detail must be seen to be understood just how special and high quality these arrows are.”
Name: Lady Carberry & The Peddlar
Years coming to Abbey? This will be our 7th year
Products: Medieval style homewares, Crafted Wood Goblets, Bowls & Plates, Fine & Costume Jewellery, Garments & Accessories (Hats, Shawls, Scarves, Bags)
“The Medieval Bazaar, Lady Carberry & The Peddlar has become one of the “must visit” spots in the marketplace, offering the finest quality authentic medieval home wares including crafted wood goblets, bowls and plates. Our wood turner will be on hand to assist with all your inquiries on how to care for your wood items and you’ll find him a wealth of knowledge about his craft. Our garments, jewellery and accessories are always much sought after additions to your medieval garb.”
Name: Leather Maid
Years coming to Abbey? 4 Years
Products: Hand crafted custom leather pieces for sale and made to order.
“I consider myself a master leather worker and have dedicated myself to making leather goods of exceptional design, quality, and durability. From archery quivers to scabbards and belts, I strive to create items that are not only beautiful to look at but are fit for purpose.
I have been involved with the Re-enactor community for quite some time and have created beautiful custom pieces for my discerning customers.
Most of my work is by commission and I particularly like requests for something special. I always approach my work with a ‘can do’ attitude. ‘Made by hand’ is at the heart of everything I do from carving and tooling to colouring and hand stitching. I am so confident in all my creations, that I guarantee everything I do for a hundred years!“
Name: Mainly Medieval
Years coming to Abbey? 10 years
Products: Period replicas of domestic pewter-ware, textiles, tools, games and accessories, beauty and hygiene products, books, jewellery and music.
“Mainly Medieval is a collective of traders that aim to educate people about Merchants, their role and lives in medieval society. In our role of medieval merchants we specialise in researching, producing, sourcing and selling high quality, period replica goods for both the re-enactment community and the public. Our wares include reference facsimiles, household linens and textiles, pewter dining ware, hygiene and cosmetic products, games, jewellery and a host of other items used by medieval people as part of their everyday lives.”
Name: Marekyn’s Wardrobe
Years coming to Abbey? 10
Products: Medieval clothing and accessories to deck you out from top to toe. A huge range of headwear, jewellery, metal belts, bags, aprons, shirts and pants, and cloaks to keep you warm. And more besides…
“My period-accurate items of clothing and accessories sell to reenactors across the globe. My passion for research helps me to create accurate reproductions of medieval style, fabrics and stitching. My primary interest is in the many accessories that make the authentic medieval look complete: headwear, bags, cloaks, jewellery etc. Among those, Paternosters are a favourite, and were worn as a fashion or religious statement. I also provide an opportunity for those who want just a taste of the medieval to wear costume pieces referencing the period, at a reasonable price. Many of the items I sell can be worn as modern accessories too. Customers love being able to complement their own style with an alternative twist of medieval flair.”
Name: Medieval Fight Club
Years coming to Abbey? 13 years
Products: Historical replicas – including costume, swords, armour and helmets
Children’s toys and big kid’s (adults) gear too – we are your one stop medieval shop…the Bunnings of the medieval world. Helmets and swords for kids, weapons and armour for grown ups…..costume, archery, feasting gear and curios for everyone. Come and see for yourself!
Name: Qld Palmistry Guild
Years coming to Abbey? About 25 years
Products: Palmistry and Hand Analysis readings
Palmistry was popular in Medieval times offering wise guidance to Lords and Ladies in the absence of psychologists or counsellors. Called Chiromancers some also did Alchemy and Astrology. Everyday folk visited ‘fortune-tellers’, usually Gypsy palm readers, using their psychic skills for predictions.
Staff at our colourful Palmistry Guild tent have many years experience as readers, teachers and book authors. We take our work seriously. Many AMF clients return each year for updates and reminders about the rich information we see in their palms. It’s our belief that your life is in your hands.
Name: Red Gargoyle
Years coming to Abbey? 13 this year
Products: Medieval/Celtic/Norse inspired jewellery, stained glass, banners, wood boxes, button & claps and more.
“My jewellery is inspired by the medieval period featuring pieces from Europe, UK, and the Celtic Nations. The stained glass sun catchers are dazzling in the sun with images of shields, swords, knights, lions, fleur di Lys, Scotch thistle, church windows, celtic crosses and more.”
Name: Sharron’s Country
Years coming to Abbey? This is my 2nd year
Products: HAND made shawls, embroidery patches bags, hand spun wool, silk and cotton
“The things l do are in part with what was done in the time of medieval as l do spinning with a drop spindle and spinning wheel all me bags and patches are hand embroidered in keeping with what was drawn and carved in stone so l put them in to my work which l enjoy doing and showing people how it is done. “
Name: The Crowned Heart
Years coming to Abbey? This will be our sixth year
Products: Medieval headwear and accessories
“We are Brisbane sisters: historian Maureen and milliner Wendy and we delight in hand crafting beautiful and carefully researched medieval accessories. We turn wool, silk and linen, feathers and pearls into the perfect finishing touch to enhance your medieval impression. Whether you need a dashing bycocket hat for the Hunt, an elaborately dagged hood, an elegant hennin, silk veil or tasselled purse, look no further than us.”
Name: The Herbal Gardener
Years coming to Abbey? Second year
Products: Natural Skincare hand made on our certified property where we grow calendula.
Visti “the Viking” Skaanvad, who has been involved in Viking re-enactment for over 20 years, departed for Valhalla and the higher battlegrounds on 19th of February 2014.
Visti was well-known for his amber and Viking jewellery trading, and for his unique mead making. He started the Viking re-enactment group Saga Vikings in 1995 and in 2012, he donated his Viking ship “Fafnir,” which he had built by hand using traditional Viking tools and methods, to Abbeystowe for all to see during the festival.
Visti truly believed he was a reincarnated Viking from 1000 years ago. He grew up and played on Lindholm Høje as a child, before the area was excavated in 1952, which later revealed the huge Viking burial site that can be seen today.
In true Viking style and because it was his deepest wish, Visti was cremated with a wooden Viking ship wearing his full Viking outfit of tunic, trousers, jewellery, Viking leather shoes and fur cloak. In the graveyard of his hometown in Denmark, a runestone stands in his honour, complete with a bronze Viking longship on top. Visti the Viking will be dearly missed.
“Cattle die, kindred die, every man is mortal: But the good name never dies of one who has done well.”
Photos courtesy of Visti’s daughter, Penny.
Origin of the Banners
This series of seven banners is based on those of the Assisi festival of Calendimaggio the origins of which are related to the ancient customs of many different European peoples, and especially to the Roman celebrations known as the “Fasti di Maggio”. The medieval tradition of celebrating the arrival of Spring in early May sees groups of revellers serenading through the streets of their towns. Assisi however has another aspect to its festival, as there is a deep-seeded rivalry between the “Upper” and the “Lower” parts of the city. The feuding began in the 14th century between Nepis and the Fiumi families, who are the respective leaders of each faction.
The Assisi Festival
The city is split in two by this rivalry, the Nobilissima Parte de Sopra and the Magnifica Parte de Sotto, compete with each other for control of the Palio through parades, re-enactments and musical performances, all inspired by medieval life. Each brigata or company of singers, elect a signore and from among all the signori, a King of the festival is chosen. They then elect a “Queen of May” who is born through the streets on a cart festooned with flowers, encircled by young girls waving flowering branches called maggi. Song and music fill the streets and piazzas: madrigals, choral and solo pieces, traditional melodies and improvised ones, every sort of popular song accompanied by violin, mandolin, guitar, and harmonica. Throughout all the events the banners are used as a identification system, as well as a coat of arms for each of the districts, displaying their allegiance to one of the two factions, as well as highlighting where performers are from.
What they Represent
Sestiere is an Italian word derived from sesto, ‘sixth’ – it means ‘one-sixth part’, that is, one of the 6 quarters of Assisi, each sector of the city being divided into 3 rioni (singular, rione) quarters or districts. These sestiere are where the banners of the festival originate from, each representing their respective districts, or in the case of La Magnifica Parte de Sotto, the half of the city controlled by the faction led by the Fiumi family.
Symbolism of the Banners
La Magnifica Parte de Sotto has the Fiumi family arms with its five Crown battlements.
Il Sestiere San Giacoma (St Jacob or James) The somewhat curious symbolism of the pierced tower has been attributed to the small church San Giacomo de Muro Rupto (St. Jacob of the broken wall) situated some 50 yard or meters south of the San Giacomo gate for which the quarter is named.
Il Sestiere San Francesco – the main symbol of the shield is not a cross but rather the letter tau, the name of the letter ‘T’ in the Greek, Hebrew, and ancient Semitic alphabets. Various interpretations can be accorded the three blue stars – they may stand for the first three followers of St. Francis.
Il Sestiere San Pietro – The fisherman’s boat recalls Peter’s occupation of fisherman in Galilee. The golden keys to the Kingdom of Heaven stand for the power of popes over matters both spiritual and temporal. The Lorraine Cross was early-on identified with the Patriarchal Cross, and St. Peter is considered the first Patriarch of the Roman Church.
Il Sestiere Porta Perlici – Of the six porte, or gates, that allow access through the outermost defensive walls of Assisi, Porta San Perlici watches over the northeastern front. Two major roads form a vague ‘Y’ as they converge onto the gate.
Il Sestiere San Rufino – It honors the first bishop of Assisi, Rufino, who was martyred in the 3rd century by being tied with a knotted hemp rope to a millstone and drowned in the nearby river Tescio. The green fern represents the many pine trees which grace the district.
Il Sestiere Porta Moiano – The shield consists of the seven stars of the constellation Ursa Major. It is also associated with Saint Clare (Santa Chiara in Italian).
Guest Blog by Sue Green.
Interested in seeing the banners in person? Be sure to keep an eye out for them at the Abbey Medieval Festival 30th Anniversary Celebration on July 13th and 14th.
The North Harbour Heritage Park is a new community attraction comprising a vast expanse of parkland, river access including a canoe launch/fishing platform and an interpretive centre focusing on the heritage aspect of the site.
The Heritage Park is a 3 year project which on completion at the end of 2019, will have invested over $3m, with $1,535,062 of funds coming from the Federal Government through a funding agreement with the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. Funding is through the Community Development Grants programme, provided through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. The $1,535,062 Grant has been matched by North Harbour. The Abbey Museum and North Harbour are also working in partnership and providing significant in-kind support through project planning, project management, post-construction operation and maintenance.
The first stages of construction were completed in 2018, including roads and other infrastructure including picnic areas with shelters, BBQs, tables and benches and toilet facilities. As work progresses, the team is working to ensure the heritage remains are preserved and available for viewing and enjoyment by the general public.
Project Manager Bryan Finney said, “Construction is progressing well, we expect to start work on the interpretive building in the next few weeks. Work is also progressing on the Park infrastructure which includes a 1.5km walking track around the lake. As part of this work, the archaeologists monitoring construction have uncovered building foundations that were not previously known.
“We’re hoping to begin allowing public access by around the middle of the year with an official opening sometime in the second half of 2019.”
Retaining and preserving the historical remnants of the North Harbour site has been an important part of the North Harbour planning process. Following an application process initiated by the developers of North Harbour, the area has been listed and protected on the Queensland Heritage Register since 2011 as a place of Queensland State significance.
North Harbour’s Heritage Expert is Steve Chaddock from Timeline Heritage who is working with a team of archaeologists at the remains of the “Moray Fields” property that was built by George Raff at what is now the North Harbour site. Steve said: “We are looking to carefully record the exposed areas of the old house and its outbuildings and yards so that we can later interpret that to the public and in advance of a tree management program aiming to preserve the State Listed archaeological remains.”
The history of the site will be interpreted from a dedicated “interpretive centre” that delivers a ‘mind map’ of the site before it is experienced first-hand. The facility will present historic photographs, sketches and display objects which will allow visitors to appreciate the stories and significant developments from the past up to the present day.
Interpretation delivery will be provided in the landscape alongside a network of heritage trails and using static signage as well as digital content for mobile devices. The delivery of interpretation will be aimed at school-aged students as well as local, state and international visitors learning about local history and South Sea Islander heritage.
On a broader community level, the South Sea Islander history of the site has presented an opportunity to recognise the contribution made by past generations of South Sea Islanders and provide a tangible, visitable focus for the Island and Australian South Sea Islander community and their descendants. Space is made available for the South Sea Islander community to remember their ancestors at this place.
The Heritage Park area is currently able to be accessed on Saturday mornings at 7.00am for those participating in the free, weekly North Harbour River parkrun. Check out the Facebook page for more information, including directions.
Find North Harbour
North Harbour’s Sales and Information Centre & Display Village with café and two playgrounds is open seven days a week, 10am-5pm. Located on the corner of Buckley Road and Fraser Drive, Burpengary East, the Display Village showcases 33 brand new home designs from 17 of Australia’s best builders. North Harbour recently won the UDIA Queensland Award for Best Residential Subdivision and is EnviroDevelopment Accredited.
Visit the North Harbour website for more information on building new houses at North Harbour. Sign up for email updates to keep up to date with the latest news, events and information, including our regular events, or follow us on Facebook.
First Nation acknowledgement
The Abbey Medieval Festival respects and acknowledges the Kabi Kabi First Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which the Festival stands. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.