Monday, February 28, 2011

Rembrandt Street Park

Carina was named after the estate of Ebenezer Thorne who owned land on Creek Road in the 1850s. He named his homestead 'Carina' after his daughter Kate Carina, and this name passed on to the suburbs of Carina, Carina Heights, and Carindale.  The area was first visited by timber men gathering timber, and lots of cleared land were first sold in 1863.  The area was fist occupied by German settlers who had dairy farms and vineyards.  Twenty years later there was a land boom, and many sold out.  Carina did remain mostly bushland until after world war two, when there was a major development of war service and housing commission homes.  The housing estates at Carina were first served by trolley buses, but in 1948 the tramline was extended along Old Cleveland Road to Carina, to what was known as Belmont Terminus.   Sadly the trams no longer exist.  What a waste.  
There are some lovely parklands in the area, Seven Hills Bushland is my favourite, as it is untouched, but Rembrandt Park is really nice.  There is a nature reserve on one side.  A large storm water drain drain runs through the park and out into Bulimba Creek.  There is some amazing wildlife  in the park.
I went down late this afternoon with the purpose of sketching the Lorikeets.  Sadly as soon as I got near them they flew off.  I think it is my red hair, next time I go down to the park, which is five minutes walk from my house, I am going to wear my black hat.  I settled for sitting in the picnic shelter and sketching the park out to Creek Road.


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