Kenilworth

An attractive village situated in the hills of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The town hosts the Kenilworth Scarecrow and Limerick Festival held every year in September or October.

Location: 154 km north of Brisbane to the west of Nambour.

The Imbil State forest and Kenilworth homestead are north of the township. The heritage-listed Kenilworth homestead (1865) and pastoral property were part of the Obi Obi pastoral run dating from 1850s.

Kev FranziKev Franzi Movie Museum: Australian cinematographer Kev Franzi lives and breathes Australian cinema, and after more than 60 years in the industry, he knows a thing or two about being behind the scenes. Over the years, he has amassed a priceless collection of memorabilia including wooden hand-cranked cameras, projectors, film reels and some truly historic items which he said had been gathered over a "simply wonderful" career in film. He shares it all with anyone who is interested at a movie museum he has established under his house near Kenilworth. It’s a wonderland of photographic and video history, complete with a life-sized cutout of Marilyn Monroe and a camera used to film the iconic "Skippy" TV series.

Natural features: Mary River; Blackall Range; Kenilworth Forest Reserve (Little Yabba Creek; Booloumba Creek; Booloumba Falls; Goldmine Walk Interpretative Trail; The Breadknife rock formation; Peters Creek Walk); Conondale National Park (Conondale Range); Gheerulla State Forest (Gheerulla Creek)

Brief history: Early explorers who passed through the area included Ludwig Leichhardt and several sheep farmers. In 1850, Richard Smith selected the Kenilworth cattle run of 16,000 acres on the east bank of the Mary River. The 1884 Land Act led to pastoral land in the Kenilworth area being resumed, surveyed and made available for selection. Farm sizes in this area ranged between 160 and 640 acres. The new settlers in the Kenilworth and Belli areas developed a varied economy in the early period. Most grew maize and vegetables.

More and more dairy cattle were brought to the Kenilworth area in the early years of 1900. The town of Kenilworth was surveyed in 1921. The influx of people to take up the new farms made Kenilworth one of the big growth areas in the Maroochy shire during the 1920s. Kraft opened a dairy factory in 1952. After Kraft withdrew in 1989 the factory was locally acquired and converted to speciality cheese-making.


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Origin of name: Richard Smith set up a cattle run on the east bank of the Mary River in 1850. At the time his wife was reading Sir Walter Scott's novel "Kenilworth" and she decided to name the property "Kenilworth" after the novel. The book's title recalls a town in Warwickshire, England. The town was surveyed off Kenilworth Station in 1921 and took the name of the Station.

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