Remains of Cleveland’s European past

Cleveland’s courthouse that’s now a restaurant, became a police station for a time where local lawbreakers could be locked up on site. This wooden building from the 1850s had Moreton Bay beckoning at its doorstep.

Cleveland lighthouse
Hexagonal lighthouse built about 1865

Before Cleveland’s lighthouse was constructed in the 1860s, locals kept a light burning in the night to aid steamers that serviced farms along the coast. Sadly, this well maintained relic has been replaced by a concrete light.

Old school house, Cleveland

Another old building from the days when Europeans first invaded Queensland, was the first school master’s house. From the 1870s it was in use for more than forty years. Unfortunately, the rooms were closed on the day I visited, but outside was a reminder of the days when students used pen and ink to do their copybook handwriting — an old desk.