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A portrait of Emma Boothe by Thomas Lane Bancroft in 1890.

A portrait of Emma Boothe by Thomas Lane Bancroft in 1890.

This photograph was produced as a test on Eastman's Solio paper and recoloured by our team at The Photo Restoration Studio.

Thomas's father Joseph is the generally acknowledged European pioneer of Deception Bay, who moved there in 1881 from his house, Kelvin Grove. Bancroft was both a competent medical doctor and a botanical researcher. His landholding near the Burpengary Creek, ultimately comprising 3780 acres, was used for a pemmican meatworks (1891) and experimental plots for sugar cane, rye barley and rust resistant wheat. His son, Dr Thomas Bancroft (1860-1933) did considerable work on parasitology at Deception Bay. Thomas' daughter, Mabel Josephine 'Jo' Mackerras was born in Deception Bay and became a noted research scientist and entomologist. The family's importance is acknowledged by a memorial and by Bancroft Terrace, located near the site of the former experimental farm where it overlooked the beach and a modern fisheries research institute.

Thomas Bancroft:

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