Once a separate town, Beenleigh is now on the southern outskirts of Brisbane.
Location: 35 km south of Brisbane.
Points of interest: Moreton Bay; Logan River; Albert River; Springbrook
National Park; Numinbah Forest Reserve; Tamborine National Park; Border
Ranges National Park; Beenleigh Rum Distillery (built in 1864, it has
the oldest-surviving still in Australia); Rocky Point Sugar Mill
(1879); former St George's Anglican Church (1876)
Origin of name: John Davey and Frank Gooding arrived in the area in
1865 and established a farm which they called Beenleigh, after their
family estate in Devon, England.
Brief history: in 1864 Robert Johnston became the first European
settler in the area, establishing a sugar cane and arrowroot plantation
in 1864. The following year John Davey and Frank Gooding settled in the
area and established Beenleigh farm. Due to its proximity to the
Moreton Bay settlement, the district quickly developed into a major
sugar growing area. A floating rum distillery, the SS Walrus, once
travelled from one mill to the next converting the by-products of sugar
manufacture into rum.