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Metafit Cleveland to be a permanent event

Cleveland Metafit
Cleveland Metafit

With the first Metafit trial session at Caloundra on NOV 7 aside, I was looking forward to the Friday 13th Cleveland event in every way possible. I was looking forward to the challenge of attracting a crowd using nothing more than existing contacts and a few facebook posts. I was also heartened by what I had learned from the Caloundra experience and felt more than prepared. I had shirts, kick-ass workout, the confidence to pull it off and the support and kind words of encouragement from friends.
On the day before the Cleveland event, I had a call from an old friend who had expressed interest in attending. She said she was bringing 2 other people! Plus unbeknownst to her, her sister had liked and tagged a friend in the event as well. I was feeling good about it.

The location and time allows for a wonderfully shady and breezy location by the Bay, with toilets, water and a kiddy park.

I love this stuff!!

Thanks to Nicole, Kelli, Kahlia, Chloe, Krystyne for support on the day and I look forward to talking with you and working out your goals and how I can help with the future.

Island of a Million Tears

Island of a Million Tears - history of the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1866 – 1946
Island of a Million Tears – History of the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1866 – 1946

Last week, I attended the launch of respected Redland’s City citizen , Arthur Rentoul’s book “Island of a Million Tears” – History of Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1866-1946.  Arty is my father-in-law and I have observed for the last 10+ years as he painstakingly collected records from the Queensland State Archives, spending hundreds if not thousands of hours pouring over the largely hand written records to develop a confronting version of the day to day happenings of the Benevolent Asylum. I have been honoured to sit with him while he has shared fascinating stories on its  development over time. The story of the Asylum is essentially the story of its occupants.


Arty is a Builder and developed an interest in the Island’s history while restoring the Dunwich Hall some 15 years ago. He has had exclusive access to people close to the Asylum in Stradbroke Island elders. He has chronicled some of the more “interesting” characters, some of whom were returned veterans from various military campaign who ultimately fell on hard times.


“Island of a Million Tears” is a must have book for anyone interested in North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Bay or Queensland history. The reasonably priced book is available from the Redlands Museum, the North Stradbroke Island History or  myself on 0466 975 988.