Labrador, a suburb north of Southport on the Gold Coast, is 62 km south of central Brisbane. The district was apparently named by Robert Muir, the co-purchaser of 56 ha of land fronting Broadwater south of Biggera Creek in 1878. Subdivided in a short time, one of the parcels was acquired by Frederick Shaw, a manager for Cobb and Co. Anticipating the need for a hotel for a coach service to Southport, Shaw built both a residence and the Labrador Hotel in 1883.

Further Reading: 

Dawn Rix, Labrador: the early pioneers, Main Beach, D.H.R. Publishing, 2002


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