North Harbour’s rich and prosperous history provides the perfect backdrop for a burgeoning residential community and complete lifestyle destination.
Once a cotton farm, the land on which North Harbour rests was owned by the Caboolture Cotton Company; the business partners included a Scottish settler by the name of George Raff who called Brisbane home.
In 1868, Raff bought some of the land from the company. He used it to develop a sugar cane plantation and processing works – sugar, rum and molasses were produced.
Raff was intimately involved in the early development of Queensland. He was a member of the first Queensland Parliament and a prominent Brisbane local businessman.
Raff called the plantation “Moray Field”. The name complemented his “Moray Bank” house in Brisbane. Both names were derived from his native Morayshire in Scotland. “Moray Field” was often written as “Morayfields”, and from 1881 it became “Morayfield”.
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.
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.