Hardy’s Bay, Brisbane Waters

In about 1880 an Aboriginal man, Turo Downs, came from Queensland to live in Brisbane Waters at Hardy’s Bay. Turo became an employee of a Captain Anderson. ‘A great swimmer and runner, he impresses those who see him when he dives from the rocks at Kilcare Beach to emerge with a lobster’. He is remembered as a ‘gentleman, astute, polite, and with good English’. He is buried at Kincumber Churchyard where a stone bears tribute “respected by all”. He died in 1942 aged 86.


Hardy’s Bay, Brisbane Water
33° 31' 30" S, 151° 21' 25.9992" E