He made his mark: Joshua Jeays

Beryl Roberts

Publications _ He Made His Mark _ 400px On 26 1853, Her Majesty’s barque Agricola dropped anchor in Moreton Bay, 109 days out from England. Among those who disembarked where Joshua Jeays, a 40-year-old master builder, his wife Sarah and their four children.

What caused Joshua to leave behind an established career in London for an unknown future in a far-flung corner of the realm?

What would have been his expectations of this former penal colony?

Did he have any idea of the important role he was to play in the early growth of a young and struggling Brisbane … that he would make his mark as

  • a strong advocate for the Separation of Queensland from New South Wales
  • a member of the first Brisbane Municipal Council
  • the fourth Mayor of Brisbane
  • builder of many public buildings including Old Government House – Queensland’s first significant public building and first heritage listed building
  • businessman, quarry owner and stonemason
  • civic leader and visionary

In He made his Mark, Brisbane author, Beryl Roberts, addresses these questions and more. The result is a fascinating insight into the crucial establishment period of the fledgling colony of Queensland and the contribution of one of its more significant pioneering figures.