These days the most common animals to be seen on the streets of Highgate Hill are Scrub Turkeys .
This wasn’t always the case. The following article concerning Colville Street appeared in the Brisbane Telegraph in 1894.
The unfortunate young boy later died from his injuries.
Colville Street seems to have been prone to wandering animals as just a few years later the following incident was reported.
At the time of these incidents, Highgate Hill still had a lot of open land that would not be subdivided for many years. The photo below taken looking west from Highgate Hill around 1901 illustrates this. I also touched on subdivision in previous posts, The Blakeneys of Highgate Hill, The Hazelwood Estate, Highgate Hill 1885 , and John Sankey and Sankey Street.
As late as 1916 accidents were still occurring with the victim in this case being an elderly lady residing in Dornoch Terrace.
Even tethered animals could be risky as described in a previous post, Runaway Horse and Cart 1907. Here’s another horse accident from 1905, this time from Carlton Street.
In spite of all this, I think we could safely surmise that the risk today from vehicles speeding down roads like Dornoch Terrace is far higher than the risk of being injured by an animal in 1900!