Venman Bushland National Park
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|Venman Bushland National Park|
Entrance sign, 2014
|Area||4.15 km2 (1.6 sq mi)|
|Managing authorities||Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service|
|Website||Venman Bushland National Park|
|See also||Protected areas of Queensland|
Jack Venman purchased 255 acres of land on West Mount Cotton Road in the Shire of Redland in 1954. The land had been heavily logged in the 1900s. Venman paid 2 pounds per acre which was a total of 510 pounds. His early plans for the land were cattle farming but he did not have money to sustain cattle. In 1959, Venman sought work elsewhere and it was noted that the land was returning to its natural state.
In the late 1960s Jack discovered surveyors on the property who wanted to develop the land. He turned them down but became concerned for the preservation of the land as bushland. He constructed walking tracks, barbecues and built wooden chairs and tables. In the 1970, he deeded the land to Shire of Albert for $1 and the right to maintain his home on the land. At the age of 73, Venman retired as caretaker for the property.
- Lyn Uhlmann (30 May 2011). "Call for more to donate Venman memorabilia". Redland Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
- "Venman Bushland National Park: Nature, culture and history". Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
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