Shorncliffe, a bayside suburb adjoining Sandgate, is 17 km north-west of central Brisbane. Situated on Cabbage Tree Head, the name was derived from Shorn Cliff (1852), describing the head land when viewed from Moreton Bay.

Shorncliffe was the place first settled when the town of Sandgate was surveyed and the town lots auctioned in 1853. The lots were in the vicinity of Yungah Street, extending to Cabbage Tree Creek. Signal Row, which intersects with Yungah Street, is a reminder that Shorncliffe was a convenient point from which to receive messages from passing ships.

Further Reading: 

Maree McDonald, Sandgate: tides of change: a historic perspective, Brighton, Reepete Publishing for the Keep Sandgate Beautiful Association, 1997

Sandgate entry


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