Beenleigh, Queensland

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For the Beenleigh Distillery, see Beenleigh Rum.
Beenleigh
Logan CityQueensland
George Road roundabout, Beenleigh.jpg
George Road roundabout
Population 8,244 (2011)[1]
Established 1866
Postcode(s) 4207
Location 34 km (21 mi) south of Brisbane CBD
LGA(s) Logan City
State electorate(s) Waterford
Federal Division(s) Forde
Suburbs around Beenleigh:
Edens Landing Loganholme Eagleby
Holmview Beenleigh Stapylton
Bahrs Scrub Mount Warren Park Yatala

Beenleigh is a town and a suburb in Logan City, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] At the 2011 Australian Census Beenleigh recorded a population of 8,244.[1] A government survey for the new town was conducted in 1866. The town is the terminus for the Beenleigh railway line which first opening in 1885 and a stop on the South Coast railway line which reached Southport in 1889. Beenleigh was the administrative centre of the former Shire of Albert. It is known for the heritage-listed tourist attraction called the Beenleigh Rum Distillery.

Geography[edit]

Beenleigh and adjoining suburbs are located near the confluence of the Logan and Albert rivers. Whilst it was once a stand-alone town built on sugar and home to Australia's oldest rum distillery built in 1864,[4] increasing development in South East Queensland since the 1980s has seen it enveloped by Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census the population of Beenleigh is 8,244, 49.5% female and 50.5% male.[1] The median/average age of the Beenleigh population is 34 years of age, 3 years below the Australian average. 66.9% of people living in Beenleigh were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 8.1%, England 3.4%, Philippines 1.1%, Brazil 0.6%, Germany 0.5%. 81.5% of people speak English as their first language 0.7% Portuguese, 0.6% Tagalog, 0.6% Vietnamese, 0.4% Spanish, 0.3% German.

History[edit]

Main Street c.1893
Beenleigh Post Office, circa 1929
An aerial view of Beenleigh in 1954
Beenleigh State School, 1897

Beenleigh was first colonised in the 1860s, with the first permanment European settlement occurring by John Davy and Frank Gooding who named their sugar cane plantation Beenleigh in memory of their family estate in Devonshire, England.[4] The first sugar cane mill was built in 1867 and by 1885 another 29 were operational.[4]

Beenleigh Post Office opened on 1August 1867.[5]

Commercial dairying in the area began in 1889.[6] Beenleigh State School was opened on 6 February 1871.[7]

Beenleigh Memorial Park, 2014

The Beenleigh Memorial Park was dedicated on 21 August 1925.[8]

The abattoir was established in 1952 for beef production and is still one of the largest industries in Beenleigh.[9] Beenleigh State High School opened on 29 January 1963.[7] Beenleigh Special School opened on 1 January 1981.[7]

Beenleigh was the centre of the Shire of Albert, which also included the suburbs of Eagleby, Alberton, Mt Warren Park, Windaroo, Edens Landing, Holmview, Pimpama, and Jacobs Well. In 1995, Albert Shire was dissolved and Beenleigh and the surrounding suburbs were then amalgamated into Gold Coast City. In 2008 these suburbs were transferred from Gold Coast City to City of Logan (despite protests from locals who voted against being part of Logan).[10]

Heritage listings[edit]

Beenleigh has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Facilities[edit]

Beenleigh Mitre 10 MEGA

Still predominately a self-sufficient town with expanding retail and commercial areas close by, Beenleigh is home to three shopping centres with Coles Supermarkets, Woolworths, BI-LO, Big W, Aldi and a Mitre 10 MEGA.

At the heart of Beenleigh stands the Southern District Court complex, first established in 1871. For many years, the court was constituted solely of three magistrates, this changed with the allocation of a permanent sitting District Court of Queensland Judge in 1998. The first presiding District Court Judge in Beenleigh was Judge O'Brien. Recently, the Southern District Court complex has played an integral role in the development of the progressive Drug Court.

Beenleigh Mitre 10 MEGA opened in 2004 it was the company's first Australian MEGA store, it employs over 200 people.[13]

Day care facilities are available at the Lutheran Beenleigh Family Day Care Scheme.

Transport[edit]

Beenleigh is situated on the Pacific Motorway. QR Citytrain provides frequent services to Brisbane and the Gold Coast via the Beenleigh railway line at the centrally located Beenleigh railway station.

Education[edit]

There are three major high schools within the immediate area of Beenleigh, including Beenleigh State High School, as well as many primary schools. The town has its own library, community centre and two theatres (Crete Street Theatre and Phoenix Ensemble). Social events of note are the annual Cane Festival and Beenleigh Show.

Sport and recreation[edit]

Sporting facilities that are represented in Beenleigh cover baseball, soccer, BMX, football, tennis, swimming, Netball and roller derby. Beenleigh enjoys access to the Logan River via boat ramp located near the northern bridge on the Pacific Motorway.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Beenleigh (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Beenleigh (entry 2076)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Beenleigh (entry 45249)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Beenleigh". Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Mary Howells. "A brief history of Logan". Logan City Council. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Beenleigh War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Teys Brothers
  10. ^ "Beenleigh". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Beenleigh Rum Distillery (entry 19592)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  12. ^ "St George's Anglican Church (entry 14776)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  13. ^ Speedy, Blair. "Mitre 10 nails down its mega battle with Bunnings ", The Australian, 17 September 2004. Retrieved on 28 August 2009.

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