Plug-in to Deception Bay history

10 January 2019

Deception Bay History 1

Deception Bay’s much loved heritage trail has gone digital and just in time for the school holidays, with the launch of a new mobile-friendly platform designed to enrich the real-life experience with audio and visual of a digital kind.

The Deception Bay Digital Heritage Trail guides users as they walk along the original heritage trail on Captain Cook Parade and features a mix of reflective audio interviews with locals and old photographs of the area.

Moreton Bay Regional Council launched the digital trail last week following successful pilot trials for the Redcliffe Convict Trail and Redcliffe Esplanade Walk back in 2017.

Local history-buffs Mary Otto and Viv Tucker (pictured) who helped develop the original heritage trail more than 10 years ago, also leant their knowledge and voices to the digitisation project for Deception Bay.

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After growing up in Liverpool, England Mary travelled Europe in her twenties taking tourists on historical sight-seeing tours across the continent.

In 1971 Mary packed up her life in England and immigrated to Australia with her family. Her passion for history naturally translated to her new home in Deception Bay.

“I’ve always been interested in the history of places,” Mary said.

“It became really interesting to me how Deception Bay came to be a village, largely ignored by everyone but Bancroft.”

Mary and others in the former Deception Bay Cultural Development Group organised the installation of plaques at the famous bathing site of the Bancroft family, beside the boardwalk in the mangroves opposite the intersection of Captain Cook Parade and Crew Street.

Those plaques later became a part of the original heritage trail.

In the digital trail recently launched by council, Mary describes the archaeological excavation of the bath in August 2004.

Mary is a big advocate for using technology to bring history into the present.

“I just love going to the Pine Rivers Museum. There’s a map there with a list of names of people who were the first pioneers and you press a button and hear their descendants speaking [about their ancestors] — it’s so interesting.”

Councillor for Division 2 Peter Flannery thanked the many passionate locals like Mary and Viv who contributed to the Deception Bay Digital Heritage Trail.

“History is preserved by sharing stories like these and through technology, it can be relived and enjoyed for generations to come,” Cr Flannery said.

“Deception Bay has a rich and fascinating history that’s worth exploring. Head down to Captain Cook Parade these holidays with the kids and plug-in to the platform on our website for a unique experience.”

Explore the region’s digital heritage trails.

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