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Mrs Fischers Grave Russell Island

Thanks Maggie

Sunrise...Travel Talk with Maggi

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The person responsible for Mrs Fischer’s memorial and setting up the museum was Wendy Dorrington.
The collection largely was a private one owned by the postmaster of the eighties Jim Batey with his wife
Ruth who still lives on the island. Wendy obtained a grant from Redland City Council and the collection was
purchased with Redland Museum at Cleveland being the “auspicious body for SMBIM” in 2006.

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Gwendoline Fischer and her husband Jay first took up land on Russell Island in 1906, purchasing 120 acres at a cost of 2 shilling and 6 pence per acre and later acquired another 80 acres. They called the farm “Rehcsif” which is Fischer spelt backwards and grew a variety of fruit and vegetables, made jams and conserves and also ran a pineapple pulping factory under there home whilst caring for 13 children. Mrs Fischers is the only recognised european grave site on Russell…

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