Thomas Pamphlett

July 24, 1823

Thomas Pamphlett, Richard Parsons and John Finnegan are considered the first European overland.

Cabbage Tree Creek

July 24, 1844

Cabbage Tree Creek fully explored and clearly marked on a map compiled by Henry Wade

Sandgate Quarantine

July 24, 1849

Sandgate area considered as a possible quarantine for the typhus patients that came to Brisbane on the Fortitude. It was rejected for various reasons including, no roads and difficult creek crossings.

Sandgate Pier Company Revived

February 16, 1882

Sandgate Pier Company was Revived. On 16 February Sandgate Pier Company leased from Queensland Government the land surrounding where the present day Pier stands. Their proposal was to have a pier erected with bathing houses, hotel pavilion and amenities for the purpose of business and amusement. They borrowed money from Queensland Investment and Land Mortgage Company.

Sandgate Pier Completed

July 24, 1883

Sandgate Pier Completed

Sandgate finally got a pier. The Sandgate Pier was built by architect FDG Stanley. In 1883 the Pier was 259m long with bathing houses, caretaker’s cottage and swimming bath fencing. Unfortunately, the length of the pier could not accommodate ferries at low tide.

Humpybong & Sandgate Regatta

July 24, 1884

Humpybong & Sandgate Regatta

Sandgate finally got a pier. The Sandgate Pier was built by architect FDG Stanley. In 1883 the Pier was 259m long with bathing houses, caretaker’s cottage and swimming bath fencing. Unfortunately, the length of the pier could not accommodate ferries at low tide.

1887 Storm

July 24, 1887

The storm in 1887 was the first real test for the Sandgate Pier. The Pier survived the storm fairly well, losing only the steps and the attached bathing place which washed away the following Saturday morning.

Sandgate Pier Company Liquidation

July 24, 1888

Sandgate Pier Company went into liquidation. Queensland Investment & Land Mortgage Company took legal action against the Sandgate Pier Company.

Sandgate Pier Company Offer

July 24, 1890

The Sandgate Pier Company want Sandgate Municipal Council to purchase the Pier. The price was £5000. There were 13 years left on the lease by which time they would have to return the pier to the government in a restored state. The council declined the purchase.

Sandgate Pier Closed

July 24, 1894

Sandgate Pier Closed

In October the Sandgate Pier company gave notice to the Sandgate Municipal Council that the pier would be closed to the public unless they purchased the Pier. The Pier was closed to the public from the 1st November. The Sandgate Council ask the minister of Lands for assistance to have the Pier reopened or terminate lease. The matter was taken to the Attorney General. Queensland Investment

Council Requests Pier to be Reopened

July 24, 1895

Sandgate Council request that the Government give them control over the foreshores from the junction of Nundah to Cabbage Tree Creeks. However this request was rejected until the matter with the Sandgate Pier Company is resolved. Sandgate Municipal Council request that the Sandgate Pier Company reopened the pier. The council sought a loan from the Queensland Government to build a new Pier. Sandgate Pier Company thought that it would be best if the council bought the existing pier.

Intercolonial Sailing Races

July 24, 1896

New Years Day. Queensland Investment and Land Mortgage Company allowed the pier to be open free of charge for the intercolonial sailing races incorporated with the Sandgate Regatta. This marked the beginning of a softer, more conciliatory stance by the Queensland Investment and Land Mortgage Company. After considerable discussions between Sandgate Municipal Council and Queensland Investment and Land Mortgage Company it was agreed that for a short time people would be admitted on the pier free of charge, provided they came with a pass signed by the Mayor of Sandgate. On 20th November, Sandgate Pier was again closed to public.

Sea View Hotel Arrangement

July 24, 1897

Sea View Hotel Arrangement

By January, Lingley of the Sea View Hotel had come to some arrangement with the Sandgate Pier Company whereby his guests had free access to the Pier. He also came to an arrangement where excursionists arriving by rail were given a special rate for access to the Pier, Lingley did also allow a priest to take groups of children on evening outings to the Pier free of charge. Lingley was enterprising and made good profits in his first month. Lingley used publicity stunts to draw large numbers to the pier, including inviting 600 Miners, friends and families from Bundamba and 800 children, parents and friends from Central State School to come and test the strength of the pier. Kiosk and bandstand was opened at Upper Moora Park. In July the original lease with Lingley from the Sea View hotel was cancelled. His new arrangement only allowed bona fide boarders of

Sandgate Pier Reopened

July 24, 1898

Government refused the request from the Sandgate Municipal Council to purchase the pier, but offered to lend the council money to buy it. The Government also offered to do a full survey of the pier structure. In February the Queensland Investment and Land Mortgage Company accept £1500 for the pier. By the April council meeting the Sandgate Municipal Council is still not in agreement about purchasing the pier. By 6 June the price was £1250 December the pier was again open to the public.

Prince of Whales Birthday

July 24, 1899

Prince of Wales Birthday holiday in November saw large crown on the pier, despite the price of admission being three times more than when the Sandgate Pier Company kept it open. December, Sandgate Town Band gave a promenade concert in the week leading up to Christmas.

Council Repair Offer

July 24, 1900

In November the Government offer to give the council money to buy the pier so long as the Sandgate Municipal Council put the pier in a proper state of repair. The Government agree to lend the money at 4% with long terms. The Sandgate Council want the government to give them the pier fully restored and do not agree to the Government terms.

Sandgate Pier Restricted

July 24, 1901

Sandgate Pier Restricted

The Sandgate Pier is restricted to bona fide Seaview Hotel borders.

Lingley’s Lease Expires

July 24, 1903

Lingley’s Lease Expires

In February, Lingley’s lease expires. The Queensland Government is willing to hand the Pier to the Sandgate Town Council free of charge but the council have to undertake approximately £1000 worth of necessary repairs. The council want the government to also repair the pier. The Government is only prepared to loan the money for the repair. In April, a heated meeting is held by the Sandgate Municipal Council. The outcome of the meeting wsa that the council decided

Council Plans Repairs

July 24, 1904

Early 1904 Council planning repairs so that they can call tenders for lease. May, By-law whereby entrance price is 1 penny between 5am and 11pm, sixpence per dozen tickets and double the entrance fee after 11pm 24 September, Official reopening ceremony for Pier on completion of repairs and refurbishments. Mr Davis became the lessee. The first of the weekly promenade concerts took place on the pier.

Fishing & Swimming Contests

July 24, 1905

Entertainment at the pier included fishing and swimming contests as well as Saturday night concerts on the pier Gas was installed onto the pier

Ferry Begins

July 24, 1910

Ferry Begins

The steam ferry Olivine was bought by the Humpybong Steamship Co for use between between Sandgate Pier and Woody Point Jetty.

Humpybong Steamship Company 5 Year Lease

July 24, 1911

Humpybong Steamship Company 5 Year Lease

5 year lease was been granted to the Humpybong Steamship Company. The Humpybong Steamship Company make plans to make the Pier a Pleasure Resort. The buildings connected to the jetty were renovated and new furnishings installed throughout. The company proposes showing movies at least two nights a week during summer months.

Pier Partially Closed

July 24, 1925

Pier partially closed from Christmas 1925. Lesser receive losses and won application to have reduced rent. Offered £85 pounds

Sandgate Pier in Bad State

July 24, 1927

The Sandgate Pier is in a bad state. The Brisbane City Council has not done work on it for financial reasons. As a solution, the Sandgate Progress Association suggest that a syndicate lease the pier for a period of time, perhaps 20 years. Mixed bathing began at Sandgate Pier. The men’s bathing area was used.

Sandgate Pier leased to Messrs

July 17, 1928

Sandgate Pier has been leased to Messrs. Newton and Wakefield at a rental of £300 annually for 5 years from 17 July 1928 to 1933. This included the Kiosk December report, Pier re-decked by Brisbane City Council at a cost of £3000. Propose to bitumen the top of planks at a later stage. Cottage at entrance of Pier sold and been demolished.

New Kiosk

July 17, 1932

New Kiosk

New kiosk was built over cliff in front of pier. Brick and stucco. Catered for needs of picnickers. Kiosk at ground level. Downstairs served drinks, ice-cream, lollies and boiling water. Included dance floor below building on beachfront. Main kiosk used for weddings, birthdays, and civic activities and functions. Forced to close post second world war with lower patronage. Building neglected and vandalised. Demolished in 1974.

5-Mile Swim

July 17, 1939

5-Mile Swim

10 April – Peter McMillan swims between Woody Point and Sandgate Pier on Monday, Said to be the first attempt to do an open water swim in Queensland. December, Pier renovation now complete. White ant destroyed hard wood removed. Neptune a writer to the Courier asks why they are adding unsightly tar to top of pier. Also, why the unsightly and disused baths with their rotten piles and rusty iron are not removed. They are an eye sore.

Sandgate Becomes Start of Race

July 17, 1955

Sandgate Pier becomes the start of Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race which started in 1949 at Woody Point.