Councillor LANDERS:

“Deputy Chair, I rise to speak about Grace Beecher, a former resident of

Bracken Ridge Ward.


I was very excited to finally be able to welcome Grace and her family and friends

to see the new seat outside the Bracken Ridge Library, that has been named in

Grace’s honour. Although the seat was installed earlier in the year, we were

unable to show Grace until recently due to COVID-19 and her inability to leave

her home. So once residents of her retirement village were able to go out again,

she was able to visit the library and see her name on the plaque.


In 1986, Grace Pearl Beecher joined the Sandgate and District Historical Society

and Museum Incorporated to research her family history. Her passion for research

soon expanded to encompass our local area’s history and Grace was appointed

researcher for the museum. Grace would travel by public transport to the Archives

John Oxley Library and the State Library at least once a week.


Grace has been instrumental in naming many parks and recreational areas in my

ward and has now provided copies of her talks, photographs and research to the

State Library and Sandgate Museum. Even now at the age of 90, Grace is still

researching and produces a historical newsletter for the residents in her retirement

village. Her latest publication is a story about Augustus Hodgkinson Davies, or

Gus. Gus, an indigenous man born in Port Douglas in 1885, later moved to the

Sandgate area. He served in both World Wars and was granted a parcel of land

under the Solders Settlement Scheme in the area now known as ‘Tinchi Tamba



Gus married, had a family and later hired out boats at Deep Water Bend near

Wyampa Road. Of course, one of our much-loved local parks in Bald Hills is

named ‘Gus Davies Park’ after Gus.


It was a pleasure to meet Grace who is now a life member or the Historical Society

and to also have her fellow society members, Pam, Yvonne and Barbara, there to

see Grace’s work recognised by the Brisbane City Council.

Thank you.”


Tuesday 10 November 2020