Surveyors gave the name Tingalpa
(place of the fat kangaroo) to the area bounded by
Capalaba’s Tingalpa Creek , Waterloo Bay, the Brisbane
River, Bulimba Creek, and the various creeks back to
Rochedale, the same as today’s federal seat of Bonner.
Settlers came by sailing ship, mostly
from England, Scotland and Ireland, some from Germany and
other countries, braving the long and dangerous voyage down
the east coast of South America to catch the trade winds
across the Indian Ocean then past Tasmania and up to Moreton
Bay. Passengers spent three to four months at
sea, in cramped quarters, often with no stops on the way. Some died on the voyage, like Maria Weedon, who was buried
at sea off Tasmania, and others were born, like James Indus
Stanley, named for the ship the Indus that brought
them to the new colony of Queensland.
Those who had paid their own fares
received land, others had free passage, as labourers were
The new colony had only seven pence (5 cents)
in the till, and even this was stolen. Land was
surveyed and sold to raise funds to provide working capital
for the new colony. All services had to be provided, even defence against invasion in that time of the Crimean and
Napoleonic wars when super powers fought for control of each
were no roads or bridges, no houses, shops, schools or
churches at Tingalpa, until the settlers built them.
Pioneers had to live rough, in tents and humpies until
houses could be built. They had to grow their
own food, and with no medical services handy, endure the
sorrow of burying many loved ones, especially babies.
settlers built Christ Church in 1868, and before it was opened, two
burials had taken place in the churchyard, pre-dating most other
cemeteries. Some families were lucky to have six of their twelve
children survive, and the Daw family lost nine of their ten
There have been
over 300 burials at Tingalpa, but only a few of the tombstones
remain, scattered around the tree-studded grounds.