Forest Hill, Queensland

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Forest Hill
Queensland
Forest Hill main street 2011.jpg
Forest Hill main street
Forest Hill is located in Queensland
Forest Hill
Forest Hill
Coordinates 27°35′0″S 152°21′0″E / 27.58333°S 152.35000°E / -27.58333; 152.35000Coordinates: 27°35′0″S 152°21′0″E / 27.58333°S 152.35000°E / -27.58333; 152.35000
Population 394 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4342
Location
LGA(s) Lockyer Valley Region
State electorate(s) Lockyer
Federal Division(s) Wright

Forest Hill is a town and locality in the Lockyer Valley Region in South East, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] The town is located 83 kilometres (52 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane and 53 kilometres (33 mi) east of the regional centre of Toowoomba. At the 2011 census, Forest Hill had a population of 394.[1]

History[edit]

Forest Hill State School, 1914

In 1880, AJ Boyd purchased 975 acres (394.6 hectares) of land from the Queensland government for reportedly five shillings an acre. The land was located approximately six kilometres south from the Main Line railway, towards Woodlands. Boyd named this property Forest Hill, after seeing Allan Cunningham's map of the region where he had marked a "forest hill". A stopping place was established on the Main Line railway to service the property called Boyd's Siding which later changed its name to Forest Hill.[4]

Forest Hill was recorded as a railway station in 1881 and was located one kilometre east down the line from its later location. The railway station moved to its later location in 1886.[4]

The first Forest Hill Post Office opened on 1 February 1890 at the railway station (replacing a receiving office named Forest Hill Siding open since 1889).[5] The office moved to its current site at 40 Victoria Street on 7 January 1908.[4]

Forest Hill Provisional School opened on 23 January 1893, becoming a state school in 1899.[6][7]

Forest Hill was once home to five hotels, a hospital, a bakery and butcher, and was the largest rail freight hub for agricultural produce in Queensland.[citation needed]

Forest Hill War Memorial

The Forest Hill War Memorial was erected to commemorate those in the district who had died or served in World War I. It was unveiled by five mothers of deceased soldiers on 26 March 1921.[8][9]

During the 2010–2011 Queensland floods, much of the population of Forest Hill was required to be evacuated by helicopter to nearby Gatton to avoid rapidly rising floodwaters.[10]

Heritage listings[edit]

The Lockyer Hotel, 2012

Forest Hill has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Forest Hill (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 July 2013.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Forest Hill (town) (entry 12879)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Forest Hill (locality) (entry 44953)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Forest Hill District (1993). Celebrating 100 Years. Forest Hill State School Centenary Committee. ISBN 0-646-14752-8. 
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "D-F". Opening and closing dates of Queensland schools. Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Agency ID5222, Forest Hill State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Forest Hill War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "FOREST HILL SOLDIERS' MEMORIAL". Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954). Ipswich, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 29 March 1921. p. 4 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Milovanovic, Selma (11 January 2011). "Brisbane braces for flood disaster". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Forest Hill State School (entry 602851)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 23 December 2017. 
  12. ^ "Forest Hill War Memorial (entry 600649)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lockyer Hotel (entry 600650)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Shop, 3 Victoria Street, Forest Hill (entry 600651)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Forest Hill Hotel (entry 600652)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Forest Hill State School (1993), Celebrating 100 years : Forest Hill district, Forest Hill State School Centenary Committee, ISBN 978-0-646-14752-9 

External links[edit]

  • "Forest Hill". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.