This website presents a copy of the original manuscripts of private journals, field books, official reports, memoirs and letters of the explorers and pioneers who made discoveries in South East Queensland. These documents are dramatic, displaying true resourcefulness, perseverance, the over coming of obstacles and dangers, and are climaxed in the death of Captain Logan, clubbed by natives. Where possible the texts a crossed referenced with pictures and modern day maps, to give a better understanding of the experiences these explorers went through.
South East Queensland within a radius of 115 kilometres of Brisbane, attracted a number of Australia's explorers. The shoreline was first charted by Captain James Cook, and surveyed in detail by Matthew Flinders in 1799. Oxley, Cunningham, Lockyer, and Logan continued the exploration of the region, and by 1830 the district had been mapped and the explorers then departed. Later, Tom Petrie and Tom Archer lived and interacted with the local natives.