At the time, the plantation was a substantial undertaking in what was a remote area, being approximately 40 kilometres north of the Brisbane. Access by land was difficult. Links to the outside world were better via boats and small steamers. A ‘commodious wharf’ was built on the river to allow goods and produce to be received by and sent to Moray Field.
The plantation had to have many of the elements of a self-sufficient village with…
“…stockyards, stables, sheds, carpenters shops, blacksmith’s shop, butcher’s shop, baker’s shop, stores, saw mill, and an innumerable lot of other buildings.”
(Brisbane Courier, ‘Mr Raff’s’, 19 October, 1867, p.2)
Morayfield remained a rural area consisting of a small dairy holding and small crop farming enterprises until the mid-1980s. It is now one of the fastest developing regions in Australia and home to North Harbour, a vibrant residential community where you’ll feel right at home.