Moloney family outside their home at Bromelton

History – The lonely lemon tree

On Sandy Creek Road just outside Beaudesert, grows a lonely Bush Lemon Tree. The tree was planted by Mr Moloney as part of his orchard to feed his growing family in the very early 1900s. Along with other trees planted near to the cottage the family had built, this tree […]

Early map from post office book

Beaudesert – the Beginning.

The Beaudesert Run was first taken up by Edward Hawkins on behalf of Henry Souter of Bathurst. Hawkins arrived in the district in 1842 with a mob of 10,000 sheep, naming the selection Beau Desir, after a property he had worked on near Bathurst. By 1844 Beau Desire was carrying 1,200 Cattle […]

Mrs Colgans Log

The Colgans

At the end of Lupton Road on the Logan River lies an old rotten log across the stream. Having endured many floods, this log dates back to an incident in 1875 and an attempt to save the life of a wife and mother, Ann Colgan. The Colgan family had arrived […]

Joseph Pascoe

Joseph Henry Pascoe, Part 2

Thank you to our readers who responded to our call for information regarding Trooper Joseph Pascoe who drowned at Illbogan Lagoon at a picnic which we now know took place on New Year’s Day 1919.  In a strange coincidence, a recent visitor to the Museum requested information regarding the Pascoe […]

Kerry Memorial Hall Secretary Mary Rohan with the hall when it was first built

Community formed by the light of Paddys Lantern

By Maxwell Harris & a story by  the Late Brian Ward Invitations were sent out and decorations hung for a Grand ball in 1904, to be held at the Dempseys Hall.  These balls were the big social gatherings for Kerry but they were not held in actual halls. This was the dignified […]

Constable George Doyle and Albert Dahlke. Photo courtesy of State Library of Queensland

Dahlke and Doyle

Who has seen the graves of Albert Dahlke and Constable George Doyle in the Tamrookum Churchyard and not wondered who they are and why they should have been buried in a single grave?  Albert Christian Dahlke came to Beaudesert as an assistant to the pastor of the Church of England.  It […]

Joseph Pascoe

Who was Joseph Pascoe?

The death of Lighthorse Trooper Joseph Pascoe in the Illbogan Lagoon in December 1918- January 1919 was one of those unexpected events in the life of a soldier.  A soldier faces unknown risks to his life while overseas fighting for his country, and returns home only to lose his life […]

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Waltzing Beaudesert

A newspaper clipping in November 1934 gives much detail of an Ambulance Waltzing Competition in Beaudesert. Dancing was such a great social outlet for every district.  In some places you would play tennis all day Saturday, go dancing that night and be home in time to milk the cows next […]

Rachel Tucker, Traceyann Bridgen, Rob McDougal, Mary McDougall, Cheryl Ardrey and Brian Nutley

Historic school building preserved

A combination of community pressure and advocacy was behind the preservation of a 124 year old building, according to supporters of the Veresdale Scrub State School building. Cheryl Ardrey thanked supporters of the school building, including State Member for Scenic Rim Jon Krause, local media and Julie Wilkinson, who organised a petition to keep the building. “We are grinning from ear to […]


Aggie raises £1000s

By Maxwell Harris From a little shed about the size of an old fashioned out house, near the pig and calf sale yards Aggie sold sandwiches,  tea and coffee to raise money for the soldiers of both World Wars.    Aggie never missed these fortnightly sales where she sold refreshments, at […]