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By June 1848 wharves had been built on the north side of the river and the port became known as Port of Wide Bay - later Port of Maryborough.

With the start of free settlement in 1842 the number of ships heading for Queensland increased dramatically.

Nevertheless, in 1857 £1000 was voted for improving navigation (mostly for wool ships) in the Mary River.

In 1859, the Sub-Collector of Customs for Wide Bay Richard Sheridan was appointed Harbor Master and, although not a nautical man, remained at this post for 19 years.

This is the story of the light and signal station at Inskip Point - just next to Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia.

The station began as the location for a beacon for the port of Maryborough in the 1860s, to a pilot station in the late 1800s and a light and signal station in the early 1900s.

The first pilot he employed was Joseph Mungomery from Sydney. This has changed in the official Queensland literature over the years.

Brisbane had been established as a penal settlement as a part of New South Wales in 1824 after surveys by John Oxley in late 1823.The main beach at Inskip Point where stores would be unloaded for the light station - once located 70 m inland to the left.On the right is Snout Point - so named because it looks like the snout of a dolphin."Bar-bound" ships would anchor in the deep channel just beyond the tip of Inskip Point. His father was a sailor and his brother was Captain Peter Inskip (b 1808).It seems George was quite prolific in naming remote coastlines and spent some time in the 1850s in British Columbia.

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