Always was, always will be…
Before the invasion and colonisation by the British in the early 1800’s, the Turrbal and Jagera people inhabited what we now know as Brisbane.
The explorer John Oxley, on first sighting the Turrbal in 1824, called them “about the strongest and best-made muscular men I have seen in any country”.
The Turrbal’s tracks form the basis of many modern-day roads. Waterworks Road from Ashgrove is built on a Turrbal track that leads to Mount Coot-tha.
Scottish migrants from the ship SS Fortitude arrived in Brisbane in 1849, on the promise of free land grants. Denied land, the migrants moved a little further north and settled the suburb, naming it Fortitude Valley after the ship on which they arrived.
Today, Fortitude Valley is home to a diverse population representative of more than 110 ancestries.