Florence Bay, Queensland
Magnetic Island, Queensland
|Area||3.6 km2 (1.4 sq mi)|
|LGA(s)||City of Townsville|
Florence Bay was once the site of a private guesthouse reachable only by boat. One of these vessels, The 'Magnet' was carrying a picnic party from Florence Bay when it struck a reef on 25 March 1917 and was subsequently sunk.
After the demise of the guesthouse (reputably due to cyclone damage - unable to verify this), the property passed into the care of the Scout Association and became the main youth training facility in North Queensland.
A group within the Scout Association was recognised for their work to develop the facilities - including a storehouse, pump and well, parade ground, camping area and secluded chapel - by being awarded the title "Florence Bay Rover Crew". It is notable that much of their work was done by hand, including carrying bricks, cement, timber and equipment in on their backs from either the main road or Radical Bay moorings.
The chapel, set high on the hillside, is consecrated and contains the cremated remains of one of North Queensland's most notable early Scouting leaders, "Beaver" Masters.
On the headland at the south end of Florence Bay there remains the base of a World War Two searchlight tower, along with a command and anti-aircraft installation at "the forts" above the bay,
- "Florence Bay - suburb in City of Townsville (entry 44593)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
- "SHIPWRECKS - View". www.environment.gov.au. Archived from the original on 1 March 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
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