History

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The Lake News December 3, 2023 1 min read

The Codex Gigas is the largest existing medieval manuscript in the world. It can be found in Washington State University, and was donated by collector Robert Shields (1918 – 2007).  The Codex  is 92cm (36in) tall by 51cm (20in) wide, 23cm (9in) thick and weighs approximately 75kg; 160 donkey hides were required to make its…

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Forest Lake History – Part 11 – Development of Forest Lake

Corin Mackay September 23, 2023 9 min read

From “Before Forest Lake” by Vicki Mynott Adapted for print by Jamie Furness Homestead Park in the north of Forest Lake is the site of the earliest settlement in the suburb, and was home to Archerfield House. The Archerfield Estate included all of Forest Lake and much more. For the full history of the area,…

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Patrick Perkins – Forest Lake History Part 6

Jamie Furness March 16, 2023 3 min read

Homestead Park in the north of Forest Lake is the site of the earliest settlement in the suburb, and home to Archerfield House; the property included all of Forest Lake and much more.  It was purchased by the Durack family in June 1882 and mined for coal by the Queensland Land and Coal company, however…

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The first selector and owner of Forest Lake – Forest Lake History Part 2

Jamie Furness March 9, 2023 4 min read

A little information about the founding European settlers of Forest Lake; the first selector; Henry Charles Farley and first purchaser; William Edward Murphy. The First Selector In 1876 Henry Charles Farley was the first government selector, and ‘Father of Forest Lake,’ in terms of European settlement. With white settlement came a new view of land…

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