|Rochedale lies about 25km south-east of the city of
Brisbane and the area today is still a mixture of rural and residential land.
Small farms cover the northern section and grow a diversity of market garden crops, while
the southern section is mainly residential and bushland. Photos below show a
typical market garden farm in Rochedale and a residential street in
Rochedale South. Click for a larger view.|
After 1824, explorers often passed through
the Rochedale area but settlement at Rochedale did not begin until around
1865, when the first settlers moved into the area to farm the rich soil. By
the end of the nineteenth century, most of the area was dedicated to farming
with most of the land owned by a few landholders who owned several large
blocks, so the population was very small. The Roche family, the
original pioneers, owned a large portion of Rochedale from 1868 and the
Gardiner family at the turn of the century, owned nearly half the suburb of
Rochedale South. In the early 1900's, market gardens became established in the
region with tropical fruits and vegetables the major crops. In the
early 1920's these large estates were broken into small blocks, but they
still continued to operate as farms. When the large Roche estate which
extended along Rochedale Road from Ford Road to Priestdale Road, was broken
up, still more farmers moved in to use the rich red soil.
The Rochedale area today consists of the suburb of Rochedale which is part of Brisbane, and Rochedale South which is part of Logan City. The boundary of the two suburbs is the intersection of Priestdale and Rochedale Roads and Underwood Road. The suburb of Rochedale South was officially gazetted in July, 1979. The suburb of Rochedale continues to be an area of market gardens and large estates with large private homes, while Rochedale South is more closely populated with some large but mostly smaller blocks. Click the map for a larger view.
Many animals, birds and reptiles are still found in the Rochedale area, including possums, koalas, carpet snakes, flying foxes, echidna, foxes and wallabies. The Underwood Park complex has lagoons with many variety of wild fowl living on them.
In the 1981 Wildlife Survey, Rochedale recorded 94 species of birds of many types, eleven species of reptiles and seven species of native mammals. The photos below show some of the wild fowl living on one of the lagoons at Underwood Park, Rochedale South. Click the photos for a larger view.
Pages by Glenda Crew, March, 2002. Colour Photos © copyright Glenda Crew, 2002