Harrisville is a pretty village, its main street retains many
historical buildings including a cafe in the former the National Bank
building, the School of Arts and local hotels.
Location: Harrisville is 25 km south of Ipswich.
Harrisville has two hotels, a generously proportioned school of arts, a
historical museum in the Elanda House homestead, a bowling club, a
primary school and a general store. Harrisville was home to the pioneer
film-maker, Charles and Elsa Chauvel, producers of Errol Flynn's first
epic, In the Wake of the Bounty. Locations around Harrisville were also
used in their first film, The Moth of Moonbi, as well as from Chauvel's
property, Summerlands, at Mutdapilly.
Brief history: Harrisville was named after the brothers George and John
Harris who acquired land in the area to grow cotton during the shortage
caused by the American civil war. The Harris brothers erected a cotton
gin c1862, around which Harrisville developed. Formation of the town
(apart from the cotton gin) probably began with the Royal Hotel (1875),
and the opening of a branch railway line from Ipswich in 1882 placed
the emerging farm community in readier contact with markets.
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Harrisville was on the Dugandan branch railway line in the Scenic
Rim region of South East Queensland. The station building at
Harrisville is still intact, as is a small cutting immediately south of
Harrisville station. Part of the alignment between Boonah and Dugandan
along a cut-and-fill embankment is now a paved footpath through an
urban park. The line operated between 1887 and 1964.