Staplyton

Stapylton was the surveyor killed by Aboriginals in the early years of the Moreton Bay penal settlement.

Steiglitz

The German birthplace of Ferdinand Kleinschmidt who came to the Pimpama area with his parents, Carl and Justine Kleinschmidt, at the age of fourteen in 1863 is commemorated by this name, although in Germany the name is Stegelitz. Through the prosperity of his farm and sugar mill he was able to acquire a considerable area of land there. 

Stephens

The name was gazetted 1 June, 1981 and boundaries amended 19 May 1995. Thomas Blacket Stepphens, apart from being a wealthy  newspaper proprietor and member of parliament, owned land in this area from 1861. In 2002 this area was amalgamated with Andrews and some of Robina to form Varsity Lakes.

Stockleigh

Wil Elworthy and his brother-in-law George Hawkins took up land in this area in 1863 and named their property after the Ellowrthy home in Devon. 

Stones Corner

This area was named after James Stone,  who was born in Somerset in 1838 and came to Brisbane on the sailing ship, Mount Pleasant, 1857. In that same year he bought an acre of land there for a hundred pounds from Mrs Klumpp. He married Mary Ann Clayton of England in 1872.  Failing to get a liquor licence,  he sold ginger beer from his Ginger Beer Shop.  

Storm King Dam

Storm King was the name of the ship on which John Yaldwyn and James Ross travelled to Moreton Bay arriving 6 February 1872. They named both their tin mine and a nearby mountain after the ship. Then later the Stanthorpe Shire Council water supply dam was given the same name.  

Story Bridge

John Douglas Storey, born Edinburgh in Scotland, came to Queensland as a child and after education at Brisbane Grammar and the Brisbane Technical College entered the Queensland public service. He was Under-Secretary for the Department of Education 1906-1920 when he became Public Service Commissioner, 1920-1939.  Among other things, he worked for the establishment of the University of Queensland and was a foundation member of its senate.

The bridge was designed by Dr John J. C. Bradfield and built by Evans, Deakin-Hornibrook Constructions Pty Ltd..

Stradbroke

Government Order No. 27 from the Colonial Secretary's office, dated 16 July, 1827, says, 'His Excellency the Governor has been pleased to direct that the island, forming the southern boundary of the eastern channel into Moreton Bay shall be designated the Isle of Stradbroke in compliment to the Honourable Captain J.H.Rous, commanding His Majesty's ship, Rainbow, the first ship of war which entered Moreton Bay.' Captain Rous was the second son of the Earl of Stradbroke, and the order came after Rous had charted parts of the bay not hitherto mapped and on the recommendation of the Commandant at Moreton Bay, Captain Patrick Logan. Rous Channel in the bay still preserves his name. Later in life, Rous became the 'czar of horse racing' in Great Britain.

Stradbroke broke into two islands in 1895. Some suspicion rests upon the attempts to dislodge the Cambus Wallace which went aground on the sand off Jumpinpin in September of the previous year. It is suggested that the dynamiting might have contributed to the division into North and South Stradbroke. To the Aboriginal people there, the island as a whole was known as Cheranggaree while the southern part was called Minjerribah.  

Strathpine

The Scottish word strath means a valley, so Strathpine describes an area which is in the valley of the Pine Rivers. W.H.Bowden marketed it in the 1960s as 'Little Aspley'. The first major industry in the area was rum distillery owned by Owen Gardner and Sons. It was first operated near the mouth of the river and received molasses from the cane growing areas south of Brisbane, but it moved upstream to what is now Strathpine around 1908. It ceased operation in 1968.  

Stretton

George Stretton who was born near Derby, England, 1827, became the first postmaster at Brown's Plains.  

Studio Village

The developer, Villa World Ltd, chose this name for their development adjacent to Warner Brothers Movie World, 1990, and named the streets in keeping with that association.

Stumers Creek

Carl and Millie Stumer migrated from Germany in the 1870s, and after living near Rosewood and later in the Goodnight Scrub between Gin Gin and Mt Perry moved to Yandina Creek in 1906. Over subsequent years the family owned several different properties in the Coolum area. When Robert Abbott, assisted by Fred Stumer, did the survey work for a subdivision prior to World War I, he submitted the name of Stumers Creek for a small creek that ran past the northern boundary of what was then the Stumer farm. 

Sumner

The industrial suburb developed by Hooker Centenary gained its name from a pre-existing road. It is not known who the road was named after. Probably an English migrant of the late 1880s.  

Sunnybank

The Gillespies named their fruit farm Sunnybank after the village in England from which they came.  

Surfers Paradise

People looking at the high-rise buildings of Surfers Paradise today might not be surprised to learn that its original name meant, the place of the ant. (Umbi-gumbi in the Aboriginal language.) J.H.C.Meyer acquired land there in 1876 and established a sugar plantation and crushing mill near the Nerang River and ran a ferry over the river. In 1888 he built a hotel at what was then called Elston. That name was the maiden name of the postmaster's wife at Southport, bequeathed to the area when it needed a distinct postal address.  

Growth came when the Jubilee Bridge was built across the Nerang River in 1925 and James Cavill, owner of two hotels and a sports store in Brisbane, built a hotel there to cater for fishermen. Prior to that there were only a few isolated shacks and a post office. He found that the beaches drew more people than the fish, so in 1933 he re-named his hotel The Surfers' Paradise and persuaded the authorities to make the same name change for the area. The hotel was burnt down a few years later, but rebuilt as a luxury hotel with a zoo and tropical garden.  

Susan River

This tributary of the Mary River was named after Susan Colbourne who married William Jones, 10 April, 1869.

Suttons Beach See Redcliffe.

Previous page                                                Next page

Place Names of South East Queensland home page