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Children’s Book A Legacy For Sandgate And Shorncliffe

Story: Panayiota
Published On : Jan 23, 2024
Children’s Book A Legacy for Sandgate and Shorncliffe
Sandgate and Shorncliffe — two of north Brisbane’s seaside suburbs whose residents treasure the abundance of history and natural beauty in their own backyards.

Dr Deborah Cronau, a local resident, was asked by the Sandgate and District Historical Society and Museum (SDHSM) to write a children’s book that would help promote local history.

With this in mind, she brought the book to fruition and called it, Ibis the Bin Chicken’s bin-eyed heritage tour from Sandgate to Shorncliffe Train Stations (not as a rail-ride … but as the tip-turkey flies).

Dr Cronau planned this precious gem using a fun approach to learning while guiding kids to easily absorb local history.

“While primarily an introduction to … a heritage trail,” Dr Cronau said, “this book includes a variety of local places and events, spread through early to recent times, so the young reader will feel they are custodians of history and part of our evolving, living heritage.”

This joyful ‘doing book’ affords parents more opportunity to read with their kids and to make loving memories as they walk the trail as a family. It’s a short walk from Sandgate to Shorncliffe stations.

As an added bonus, it’s an ideal accompaniment for tourists who visit the area year-round.

What a legacy for the community and for future generations to enjoy!

Dr Cronau credits the success of the book to her collaboration with her husband, Joe Soares M.BIM (with distinction), her mum Shirley Cronau, as well as Pam Verney from SDHSM and Frank Box from Keep Sandgate Beautiful Association.

“We produced this book as volunteers using our individual skill sets to give back to the community,” Dr Cronau said.

“It will not only increase the reader’s interest and knowledge and sense of ownership of their community, but will also promote the importance of the Sandgate Historical Society and Museum.

“We are so grateful that the Kedron-Wavell 2023 Community Grants Program shared that vision. Their generosity has enabled our book to be published and distributed to schools and libraries in 2024.”

Applications for the Kedron-Wavell 2024 Community Grants Program open on 1 May.

“The Kedron-Wavell Community Grants Program enjoys its involvement in the community,” Sid Biggs, Partnership Manager, Kedron-Wavell said.

Copies of the book can be purchased through SDHSM for $12 each.

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For more information about the Kedron-Wavell Community Grants Program visit