Postcode: 4154 | Distance to CBD: 16 km
Welcome to Ransome
An outer eastern suburb, Ransome is a rural area characterised by acreage properties. It's close to Moreton Bay and the Brisbane bayside suburbs of Wynnum, Manly and Lota and also to Thorneside in Redland City. Ransome is a popular area for bushwalking especially from the Whites Road Lota Creek mangrove boardwalk through Ransome Bushland Reserve to as far south as Wellington Point.
Ransome is about 16km from the Brisbane CBD. 53% of households are made up of couples with children, 34% are couples without children and 10% are single parent families. Ransome is a family oriented, semi-rural suburb with plenty of parkland and picnic spots.
Local shopping is limited, but there’s the Lota shopping precinct on Hindes Street not far away and it doesn’t take long to drive to Manly West Shopping Centre on Preston Road, where you’ll find everything you need.
16 km from CBD.
Close to Moreton Bay and Melaleuca Environmental Park
Lota, Wakerley, Capalaba West, Birkdale and Thorneside all border Ransome, which is situated approximately 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. A family oriented suburb Ransome offers residents a variety of parklands with barbeque and picnic spots. Melaleuca Environmental Park is also close to Ransome as is Moreton Bay for those who enjoy the water. For lovers of the game there are also golf courses and driving ranges in the area. Like its neighbouring suburb of Wakerley, Ransome is an expansive suburbs made up of a mix of commercial and residential developments. Wakerley is popular with younger families looking for affordable housing close to modern facilities. The majority of the housing in the area is single unit dwellings (houses).
The suburb has access to major supermarket and retail chains, in Wynnum; there is also Manly Harbour Shopping Village available. In neighbouring suburbs, Capalaba Shopping Centre and Carindale are within 10 minutes. While there are some bus services available personal transport is better due to the spread out nature of the suburb. The Brisbane Domestic and International airports, and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts are easily accessible via the convenient Gateway Motorway. Neighbouring suburbs provide facilities such as schools (Manly West Primary School, Lota Primary School, Moreton Bay College, and Birkdale Primary School) and hospitals (Whites Road Wynnum Hospital) for residents in Wakerley.
Opinions differ on the name of the ‘tribes’ that occupied the Brisbane area. It seems most likely that the Jagera People occupied the southern side of the Brisbane River, while those on the north were the Turrbal people. There was certainly some territory overlap and with the Yugarabul of Cleveland. Within these areas there were several sub-clans. They lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle with several campsites within their area and adjacent islands. Aborigines were known to live at both Manly and Tingalpa, and although these may have been different tribes, it can be presumed that they travelled through the Ransome area. Lota Creek would have provided them with a rich source of food.
E.R. Drury bought most of the land in Ransome in the original land sales. Bournemouth Estate was offered for sale in Ransome in the 1880s. It was situated between Rickertt Road and Molle Road, and adjoining Tingalpa Creek. The plan for the estate promoted the future rail line that was to come through it, but when the rail did go to Cleveland, in 1889, it took a northern route through Wynnum North and development in Ransome ceased.
From 1888 plans were afoot for a shorter road to Wellington Point. This involved building a new road that would have bisected Ransome and a bridge across Tingalpa Creek. However, the desire to create this route, seems to have suffered in the economic downturn of the 1890s. It did not eventuate, although it was raised regularly as an option in coming decades. The Rickertt Road Bridge did not come until 1970 and Ransome remained isolated and rural.
Ransome was named after C.H. Ransome who lived in the area and set up a business supplying mixed firewood to the city. This was a common occupation in the area. In 1909 he requested a siding on the Cleveland railway line for the shipment of this firewood and in 1912 ’16-mile siding’ opened. The name was changed to Ransome’s Siding three years later and appears as such in the maps of the Metropolitan Water Board. In 1931 the siding ceased operation, and the rails were removed in 1933, the same year that the firewood supply business ceased. Ransome is still a very sparsely settled suburb, with only 435 residents in the 1996 census.
C.H. Ransome lived in the area and set up a business supplying mixed firewood to the city. This was a common occupation in the area. In 1909 he requested a siding on the Cleveland railway line for the shipment of this firewood and in 1912 ’16-mile siding’ opened, though the name was changed to Ransome’s Siding three years later and appears as such in the maps of the metropolitan water board. In 1931 the siding ceased operation, and the rails were removed in 1933, the same year that the firewood supply business ceased.
Andrew Rickertt operated a timber getting business in the Capalaba region. He came in the 1860s and owned land bounded by Green Camp Road, Rickertt road and Tingalpa Creek. Rickertt Road was named after him. In 1878 he got a timber licence. He had a bullock team and would get timber from Mt Cotton or other areas and cart it down to the rafting ground near Molle Road. At high tide it would be put into the creek and floated to ships at the mouth, to be taken up the Brisbane River to the mills. He bought ten acres in White Street, Capalaba West, and built a house there in the early 1880s. Later, his son Raymond had a dairy there.
Lota Creek flows into Moreton Bay/Tingalpa Creek at Lota and has developed on the alluvial plain there. Lota Creek is a small creek with a wide and diverse catchment area. Most of the area is primarily coastal or wetland, including extensive salt flat mangroves at the mouth of the creek. Some areas are still original bushland, but most are grazing land or residential. The creek is particularly important because it forms a corridor between Bulimba and Tingalpa Creeks. Many wader and water birds frequent the area, as do other mammals and reptiles that were originally endemic near Brisbane but now are rare (10 species of frog, 173 birds, 14 mammals and 20 reptiles). The original vegetation can be seen in the sections of uncleared land and Bayside Regional Park. Here there is remnant eucalypt forest, which proliferated in the region, paperbark forest where it is wetter and mangroves fringing the coast and creek. Wallabies, wader birds, snakes and bearded dragons remain. Tingalpa Creek is shown in Dixon’s 1842 map as Tunim creek. It rises in Mt Cotton. In 1855 Arrowsmith showed it as ‘Tangulba Creek’, which may derive from the Tangul plant which was used to numb fish. Here Bobucks (Mountain Brushtail Possums) can be found, and Tingalpa Creek is an important wildlife corridor. Below the Leslie Harrison Dam, it is tidal and water birds and waders abound.