Memories of 30 Years at Saunders Beach

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1997 Atoll St, Saunders Beach

1997 Atoll St, Saunders Beach

Saunders Beach History Project is pleased to share with you an oral history from a long time resident (“L.”), looking back at memories from Saunders Beach in days gone by. Included below is a recording and the transcript.

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Way back in the dim dark ages (that is, 1971) an auction took place at the Land’s Office for 6 Lots at Jalloonda (now known as Saunders Beach). One lot in Atoll Street was successfully purchased by a man who many years later I met and married.

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The Mangroves of Saunders Beach

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Althaus Creek at Saunders Beach where mangroves line both sides in the intertidal zone. March 2011.

Image 1. Althaus Creek at Saunders Beach where mangroves line both sides in the intertidal zone. March 2011.

We now know that, “approximately 17% of Australia’s mangroves have been destroyed since European settlement, with mangroves near developing centres being removed and destroyed for land reclamation.” [Source]. Previously the enormous environmental value of mangroves was little understood. Just ask any barramundi fisherman about why we need mangroves!

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Nature Inspired: Visual Artist Lanette West

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Lanette West is a visual artist inspired by the natural beauty of the unspoiled mangroves at Saunders Beach. “I first visited Saunders Beach in the mid-1970s as a teenager when one of my friend’s families owned a holiday house in Cay Street.”

It's Party Time by Lanette West

It’s Party Time by Lanette West

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The Whales Are Back!

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The annual migration of the whales through Halifax Bay has started. They have been seen with the naked eye from the beach at Saunders Beach, swimming northward past Herald and Rattlesnake Island or just taking a break in the warm waters near Magnetic Island.

This pic from the Townsville Bulletin captures the wonder of the whale.

This pic from the Townsville Bulletin of the 2015 migration season captures the wonder of the whale.

Humpbacks live in the cold waters of Antarctica where there are rich feeding grounds and migrate to warmer tropical water from about May to September to give birth. Remarkably it wasn’t always this way. There was a time when sightings of whales as far north as Halifax Bay was a rarity. What happened to the annual migration in times gone by and why are they back now?

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The Saunders’ Selections at the Bohle

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Over the years ‘The Bohle’ has come to mean locations in the vicinity of the Bohle River. Geographical features bear this name – the Bohle Plains and Mount Bohle. As well, man-made features – Bohle Industrial Estate, Bohle River Bridge and the Townsville suburb of Bohle – carry ‘Bohle’ in their name. George Saunders selected his first Portion of Crown Land in the Parish of Bohle in 1873.

Image 1. The mouth of the Bohle. The cluster of houses on the left is Mt Low (Bushland Beach). Taken from Many Peaks Range in 2009.

Image 1. The mouth of the Bohle. The cluster of houses on the left is Mt Low (Bushland Beach). Taken from Many Peaks Range in 2009.

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Movies under the Stars

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The beautiful tropical evenings we enjoy at Saunders Beach provided a perfect backdrop for Cinema Under the Stars.

Full moon rising over Maggie at Saunders Beach

Full moon rising over Maggie at Saunders Beach

Saunders Beach Progress Association (forerunner of today’s Community Centre) always had a keen eye on including fun events – the kids were never forgotten. Continue reading

Fun Day and Sandcastle Competition

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On a fine and sunny day the Saunders Beach Action Group celebrated the charm and beauty of Saunders Beach by holding a Fun Day at the Cay Street Park and in front of the Holiday Units (then operated by June and Winston). Continue reading