I begin this post by respectfully acknowledging the Wakka Wakka People, Traditional Owners of this land I am writing about, and Elders both past and present. Please note there will be another post specifically dedicated to the Wakka Wakka people and their history.
The South Burnett is arguably one of the most beautiful places in Queensland. Located a short drive from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast where forests, farmland, creeks and the beautiful green hilly countryside is common. There is a lot of heritage to see here, both natural and cultural, as well as a ton of places to try the local food. You can spend your weekend camping and fishing, or attend one of the many local markets, or you can time your visit to enjoy one of the popular events held here.
Sandy Forest Fire Tower
Pictured: Jimna Fire Tower
The fire tower lookout here is deemed to be Queensland’s tallest fire tower. Built c.1975 to 1977, the fire tower was used improve detection of bush fires likely to affect the extensive Hoop Pine plantations and native forests in the district.
Jesse’s Well, also known as Teamsters Park, was initially developed by the Timber Towns Woodworkers, and the Blackbutt and District Heritage and Tourism Association. The park highlights Jesse’s Well (used for watering livestock), wagons, and an old bank building.
Taromeo Homestead Complex and Cemetery, built c.1854 to 1860s, is home to a historical storehouse, slaughter house (pastoral), yards, walls, grave markers, headstones, a blacksmith’s, out buildings, a graveyard, and stables. Please note that you must contact (07) 4163 0142 and ask to visit before arrival.
Ration Shed Museum
Cherbourg is an Aboriginal community in South East Queensland established by Salvation Army member William Thompson in 1899, until it was taken over as a Government Settlement in 1904. Under the “Aboriginal Protection Act” tribes from all over Queensland and New South Wales were moved here. The Cherbourg Historical Precinct was created as a place to share stories about the local’s painful past and to celebrate their survival. It was from the Ration Shed that those on the Settlement received rations; flour, sugar and meat and at times rice, oatmeal and sago, in exchange for work undertaken within the Settlement. This precinct is currently NOT on the Queensland Heritage Register.
Barambah Station Homestead
Barambah Homestead: Built between c.1843 and 1880, it lies in the heart of the typical South Burnett countryside. The complex includes a stables, gardens, rotunda, coach house, main house, headstones, a shed, lawn, and garveyard. The station was established in 1843 by Ferriter and Uhr.
Booubyjan homestead is a complex of timber structures built by the Lawless family during the c.19th C CE. The exact age of the buildings are unknown, however the Queensland Women’s Historical Association placed their first ‘blue plaque’ in the state on the Dining Hall, dating it from c.1860.
The Grand Colonial ‘Boonara Homestead‘ was built in 1862 for David Jones (of department store fame).
A small shop was originally established by the McIvor family in 1918, and was then replaced by this building in 1927. Trading as a general store selling a wide variety of goods, from farm supplies to women’s fashion, groceries, hardware and furniture, the business conducted from this store played an integral role in supplying the needs of the people and contributed greatly to the town’s early development.
Goomeri Hall of Memory opened in 1926 in honour of those from the district who had served in World War I, later extending to also honour all those who have served in subsequent wars.
Goomeri Heritage Display
At the Goomeri Information Centre the heritage display shows Goomeri’s history. They can also provide you with a map for the heritage walking tour of Goomeri, which indicates, on small plaques, where particular buildings were in the early settlement of the town.
Commemorating Goomeri’s history and principal local industries, the Bicentennial Quilt is on permanent display at Goomeri Library.
Goomeri Memorial Clock
One of the few memorials in Queensland in the form of a clock tower, this concrete clock tower rises to a height of 74 feet. A stepped foundation forms a traffic island at the main intersection of Goomeri. Two polished granite plates can be found at the base, whilst at the top of the tower is a 4 faced electric clock. The clock is illuminated at night, with the letters LEST WE FORGET. Metal components from Goomeri’s former war memorial are fixed to the clocktower.
The Kilkivan & District Historical Society Museum
Established in 1979 with the museum located near the site of a former goldfield, this Kilkivan Museum celebrates nine historical buildings. These include the main museum building, an early business premises, a railway fettler’s cottage, a railway cream shed, an outside pan toilet, a slab laundry and a slab shed constructed using slabs from many historic homesteads, a stockman’s hut, and the Oakview Forestry Barracks which houses a bottle and mineral display. Hands on activities are big at this museum, with butter making, bean slicing, orange juicing, corn cracking, pen and ink writing, and writing on slates all available to try.
Mount Clara Copper Smelter and Chimney
This QLD Heritage Register listed site at Mount Clara is what remains of a once active copper mine and smelting venture from 1873. The site includes a collapsed reverbatory furnace, fragments of railway line used to carry timber to the furnace, and a chimney 16.55m high. The smelter chimney is likely to be the oldest surviving mining industry chimney in Queensland.
Prophet Gold Mine
A complex sulfide ore containing gold was discovered near present day Kilkivan in 1852, becoming the first gold discovery in Queensland. It wasn’t until 1868 after the Gympie Gold Rush had started that 12000 men came to the site forming modern-day Kilkivan. The Prophet Gold Mine is the current mine where you can prospect for gold, and learn the process and history of gold mining in the region.
Built in the early 1900s, Daniel Carroll’s house demonstrates the evolution and pattern of Queensland’s history, and reflects on the housing and living conditions of early settlers in rural districts.
Kingaroy Heritage Museum
The Kingaroy Heritage Museum showcases the history of the Kingaroy region at the former Kingaroy Power House (1925-1952).
The Kingaroy Peanut Silos
A group of three concrete silos constructed between 1938 and 1951 by the Queensland Peanut Marketing Board for storage of peanuts before their processing and marketing. They are important in illustrating the development of the peanut industry in Queensland.
Taabinga station was established in the 1840s by the Haly brothers. Taabinga’s development is an important part of the pastoral history of Queensland.
Maidenwell Astronomical Observatory
The Maidenwell Astronomical Observatory is the largest-self-funded astronomical observatory in Queensland.
South Burnett Co-operative Dairy Association Factory
The former South Burnett Co-operative Dairy Association Factory in Murgon incorporated a range of structures dating from 1908 onwards. Built for South Burnett Co-operative Dairy Association, it was used for the manufacture of dairy products from 1913 to 1995.
Butter Factory Building
The current butter factory at the site was built in 1927, however the site itself was used for butter production from 1906 to 1977. It is now known as the Nanango Plumbing Services building.
Ringsfield Historic House and Museum
This 14 roomed villa was built in 1908 by Robin Dods, a popular and well respected architect from that time, for a Mr. and Mrs. Graham. From August 1942 to 1969 the Ringsfield House became the Ringsfield Maternity Hospital, with over 3000 babies delivered here. In 1973 it reopened as a women’s refuge. Since 1995 this important historical building has been managed by the Nanango Historical Society Inc.
Boondooma station was established in 1846 by the Lawson brothers and Robert Alexander. The complex includes a number of historic buildings; a stone building and timber house erected in the 1850s, and several timber outbuildings.
South Burnett Timber Museum
South Burnett Region Timber Industry Museum shows off the history of the South Burnett’s timber industry, which was the building blocks for the early settlement of the region.
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