World War II

Spitfire crash site, Merv Ewart Reserve, Youngs Crossing Road, PetrieOne of the most important events which occurred in the Pine Rivers region during World War 2 was the formation of the 548 and 549 Spitfire Squadrons at the Strathpine A1 and A2 airstrips.

Urban Growth

Although the Albany Creek area was first referred to as being part of the 'Pine' or 'South Pine' district, for several decades during the 19th century, the portion of this area on the southern side of the South Pine River became known as Chinaman's Creek. In 1859, a survey map was published which shows a small creek of this name flowing into the South Pine River. No official record can be found of how the creek got its name, and there are several versions of the story, but it is thought that a Chinese man passing through on his way to the Port Curtis goldfields may have died there.

Step Back in Time

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