Location: 8C Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Mt Coot-tha, Queensland, Australia
From Article in the Brisbane Time newspaper 17 May 2018
A small lot of land in Brisbane’s west purchased by a man 130 years ago has been resumed by Brisbane City Council.
The 4181-square-metre lot is at 8C Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Mt Coot-tha, and is understood to have been purchased by Mr Jans Sorensen in 1888.
The council, which has been maintaining the land for several years, assumed Mr Sorensen was deceased and, because there was no known owner, would now take ownership.
Brisbane’s lord mayor Graham Quirk described the resumption of land as an “interesting one”.
“There are no known beneficiaries of this land and so it is our intent to acquire that land. We have been maintaining it as it forms part of the catchment area around JC Slaughter Falls,” he said.
The property is within the JC Slaughter Falls picnic area of the council’s Mt Coot-tha Reserve parkland.
Independent councillor Nicole Johnston agreed the situation was unusual but questioned the council’s efforts to find Mr Sorensen’s next of kin, successors or family members who would be entitled to compensation.
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Cr McLachlan said the land was in a creek bed and may have been a gold-mining lease Mr Sorensen held.
“It was worth, on the latest valuation that was provided by an independent value, about $10,000,” he said.
The council published a notice of intention to resume the land in The Courier-Mail on November 24, 2017, but no objection was received.
Once the land was formally resumed, a right to claim compensation could still be pursued.
The council voted 26 in favour and one abstention to the resumption of the private property.
- Online repository https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/council-resumes-land-bought-130-years-ago-after-failing-to-find-owner-20180516-p4zfpt.html accessed 18 May 2018
- This may be the Jans Sorensen and he has at least 3 children born in Brisbane but another one, Jens Sorensen profile started by Mark D. is more likely to be the man in question, as he is described as living at the Gates of Mt Coot-tha.
- Can we find the missing beneficiary of an inheritance? May 18, 2018.