Bayside Bulletin – 14/7/2008
COME along and join in the fun when the annual Flinders Day celebration takes place on Coochiemudlo Island on Sunday, July 20.
The event commemorates the discovery of Coochie by Lt Matthew Flinders of Her Majesty's Sloop 'Norfolk' on July 19, 1799.
There will be a number of firsts this year, including the rowing ashore of a uniformed Matthew Flinders (aka Mark Bowden) by members of the Flomersfeld family (descendants of the original explorer's family).
They will be aboard the klinker built Trim, which was presented to the island's History Society a number of years ago by the T.S. Norfolk and which has been lovingly restored and was christened last Flinders Day weekend.
The boat was proudly rowed by several locals after being launched by Coochiemudlo History Society president Carolyn Brammer on May 24 this year.
Accompanying the Trim for the first time will be a number of vessels from the Wooden Boat Association.
Craft markets open at 8am on Sunday with many stalls including Aussie tea and damper and the licensed Norfolk Bar.
Entertainment by the JJ Jazz Band and Juniors will be featured from 8.30am to 10am when the parade led by the Redland Ladies Drum Corps and Naval Cadets from the T.S. Norfolk arrives.
The parade will proudly feature for the first time a number of vintage/veteran cars entered by the Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club and a number of Morris Mini Mokes organised by local identity Ian Rowland.
Together with entrants in the period costume (circa 1800), Scouts and the Black Powder Club, the procession should prove quite colourful.
The parade forms up at the entrance to the Laurie Burns Recreation Oval ready for march off at 10am. Spectators are encouraged to line Elizabeth Street to view the procession.
On arrival at the Foreshore Park flagpoles at 10.35am, the cadets will carry out the traditional Raising of the Colours.
This will be followed by the official welcome by Progress Association president Len Turner, with responses by local dignitaries who will include Redland City Council's newly elected Mayor Melva Hobson and State Member for Redlands and Deputy Speaker John English.
Soon after, awards for the period dress competition and best float will be presented.
Master of Ceremonies will be BayFM announcer Graham Lever and entertainment will be by popular Damon Garcia.
At 11.25am, the parade reforms to march to the traditional landing site at Norfolk Beach.
Following the colourful landing there will be the impressive sighting re-enactment at 11.55am before returning to the markets for lunch and the Redlands Dragon Boat Club race, which will be started by the firing of the Black Powder Club's cannon at 12.30pm.
The T.S. Norfolk Cadets will lower the colours at 1.30pm and the craft markets will close at 2pm.
To be in the fun, simply come to Victoria Point and meet the ferry and barge.
For more information on stall bookings, phone market coordinator Bev Holcroft on 3207 8315 or for the parade, phone Bruce Green on 3207 8895.