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Cowiebank Place

Thomas Tripcony (1828-1896), sailor, shearer, and oysterman was born in Cornwall, England. 

He served in the Royal Navy during the Crimean War and later joined the merchant marine. 

Whilst serving on the ship “Agincourt” he arrived in Melbourne in 1859, obtained a discharge and went to the goldfields, but failed to make a fortune. 

He next tried shearing and worked his way to Brisbane where he was employed on the construction of the normal school.

He moved from place to place between Brisbane and deception Bay and from there to “Cowiebank”. 

Thomas settled on Pumice Stone Channel, on the northern side of the mouth of Glass house Mountains Creek in 1861. 

He named his home “Cowie Bank” after a farm of the same name in Stirlingshire, Scotland, the birthplace of his wife. Where he obtained an Oyster license and took up land and settled for the remainder of his life-oystering.

He died in 1896.

tripcony cowiebank homestead
Tripcony Cowiebank Homestead

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