Brisbane was originally a penal settlement - Moreton Bay Penal Colony - and one of the commandants from March 1826 to his death in November 1830 was Captain Patrick Logan who was known to be harsh to the point of cruelty. He was hated by the convicts and when he was speared to death by an Aboriginal when out on an exploratory venture , it seems that was cause for celebration by the inmates of the convict settlement.
Capt. Logan discovered the area of Ipswich on June 7th 1827 after sailing 57 miles up the river. He named the area Limestone - due to huge Limestone deposits found there, and that same Limestone is still very much in evidence today in the city, in its parks and buildings. The walls around Queens Park, Limestone Park and Ipswich Girls Grammar School being made of it.
This poem describes the feelings of a convict. I don't know who wrote it as it carries the tag of Anonymous.
by Brisbane waters I chanced to stray,
I heard a convict his fate bewailing
as on the river bank he lay.
though banished now from my native shore;
they took me from my aged parents
and from the maiden whom I adore.
at Norfolk Island and Emu Plains,
at Castle Hill and cursed Toongabbie,
at all those settlements I’ve worked in chains.
But of all places of condemnation
and penal stations in New South Wales
to Moreton Bay I have found no equal,
excessive tyranny there prevails.
and heavy irons on my legs I wore;
my back with flogging is lacerated
and often painted with my gore.
And many a man dead from starvation
lies mouldering now beneath the clay;
and Captain Logan - he had us mangled
at the triangles of Moreton Bay.
we were oppressed under Logan’s yoke,
till a native black lying in ambush
dealt our tyrant his mortal stroke.
My fellow prisoners, be exhilarated
that all such monsters such death may find.
And when from bondage we are liberated
our former sufferings shall fade from mind.’
It is a working town with no frills or furbelows, but blessed with friendly people, gracious old Queenslander styled homes, and beautiful gardens and parks. She may be Queenslands oldest provincial city but she has an alluring heritage charm .