Silent cop at the Brisbane Street intersection in Beaudesert.
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The Silent Cop

In the days before traffic lights, busy intersections were controlled by policemen on point duty, or by ‘silent cops’. The main intersection in Beaudesert had a silent cop; installed in 1928. The cop was described as a concrete dome, measuring 400mm wide and 125mm high in the centre. An article […]

StateLibQld_1_119260_Logan_and_Albert_Hotel_in_Beaudesert,_ca._1929
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The Logan and Albert Hotel – lost and replaced 1934

As restoration work is being done on the Logan and Albert Hotel, it is interesting to reflect on what happened to the original hotel and how the new one was built. The original Logan and Albert Hotel was destroyed by fire in July 1934.  The fire began in a workshop next […]

Illbogan Truck rescue. Image supplied.
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The ill and broken bridge

Just past the Beaudesert racecourse, stood the old Ilbogan Bridge. The timber bridge built after the devastating flood in the 1950’s took out the previous river crossing.  The Boonah Beaudesert Road, at the time being a quiet link between the two towns and still mostly gravel. The new Ilbogan bridge […]

Enrights Store, built in 1898. Image supplied.
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Beaudesert – a private town?

It is well known that Beaudesert was a ‘private town’ when the first town blocks were sold in 1874. Ernest White cut the blocks from Beaudesert Station which were not gazetted as a town, an oversight which gave rise to a court case in 1899 on whether Beaudesert was a […]

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Beaudesert Tramway

Immediately following the 1888 opening of the railhead in Beaudesert, farmers south of the town began to seek an extension to Rathdowney. The district dairy farms stretched south along the fertile banks of the Logan River. Sheep had proved unsuitable in the district, and the low price of beef resulted […]

Beaudesert Railway Station.
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The railway comes

Following the arrival of the railway in Logan Village in 1885, planning commenced on an extension to Beaudesert. A contract for the 20-mile extension costing £57,762 ($115,524) was signed in June 1886. As often happens, the weather intervened, heavy rain and floods meant that the opening of the line was […]

Brayford's shops in Beaudesert
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Beaudesert township

THE town of Beaudesert began as a ‘private town’ with the auction of town allotments subdivided from Beaudesert Station. The honour of being the first person to commence a business in town has been given to either Jeremiah Dunn or Thomas Brayford, depending on the writer. Jeremiah Dunn was a […]

No supermarkets then
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History – No supermarkets then

By Beaudesert Historical Museum We have all seen the stressed hordes of people flocking to supermarkets when god forbid it will be shut for a day, and these humans cannot get what they want, when they want it . They load their trolleys to the brim like there will never […]

Saturday night at the trucking yards
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Saturday night at the trucking yards

Some blokes were at the pub, some with their partners at the local dances, but for a few truck drivers it was ‘Saturday night at the trucking yards’. The clanging of the rail line points and the roar of the locomotive’s engines, signaled the arrival of the first train for […]

Townsvale
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History – Townsvale

TOWNSVALE, a once thriving town that is now a distant memory, could well have become the hub of the Beaudesert district.  The American Civil War (1861-1865) resulted in a world-wide shortage of cotton.  Master Mariner, Captain Robert Towns was the first to respond to calls from the Queensland Government for […]