Capalaba, a suburb, is 20 km south-east of central Brisbane. It is situated on the eastern side of Tingalpa Creek, and it is probable that the bridging of the creek at Cleveland Road in 1874 stimulated the opening of the Capalaba Hotel a few years later. It is thought that the name was derived from an Aboriginal word referring to a place of possums. A school was opened in 1880.

Further Reading: 

Bayside Bulletin, 28 October 1997

Mary Howells, Living on the edge: along Tingalpa Creek, Cleveland, Redland Shire Council, 2000


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