Thomas Boyland – an adaptive man

THOMAS BOYLAND – an adaptive man

Pioneer Steamboat Proprietor, Coal Miner, Pastoralist

by Meg Gordon, 2008 – $15 (postage and packing $5)

Thomas Boyland was a young carpenter and farmer’s son from northern Ireland who emigrated to Australia in 1841.

The book, in describing Thomas Boyland’s activities, focuses on the first phase in opening up the current Centenary Suburbs, Sinnamon Park and Seventeen Mile Rocks areas to European settlement. It describes two major activities in and near this area during the 1850s: pastoralism and the river trade.

Thomas was one of the very early pioneers of the river trade between Brisbane and Ipswich. The book provides an overview of the river trade between Brisbane and Ipswich from the late 1840s until 1875, the navigational issues at Seventeen Mile Rocks and how they were addressed, as well as a detailed description and analysis of Thomas’s role in the river trade.

Copies of this book are held at the Brisbane Square (reference only), Coopers Plains, Corinda, Inala, Indooroopilly, Mount Ommaney and Toowong Libraries.

This book may be purchased by sending your details and payment to us at the address on the Contact Us page. Remember to allow for postage and packing.