Kalbar, Queensland

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Kalbar Community Baptist Church.jpg
Kalbar Community Baptist Church
Kalbar is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°56′S 152°37′E / 27.933°S 152.617°E / -27.933; 152.617Coordinates: 27°56′S 152°37′E / 27.933°S 152.617°E / -27.933; 152.617
Population723 (2011 census)[1]
LGA(s)Scenic Rim Regional Council
State electorate(s)Scenic Rim
Federal Division(s)Wright
Localities around Kalbar:
Silverdale Kents Lagoon
Obum Obum
Obum Obum
Frazerview Kalbar Teviotville
Frazerview Fassifern
Fassifern Valley

Kalbar is a small town and locality in the Scenic Rim, South East Queensland, Australia, 70km south-west of Central Brisbane. It is located near the Cunningham Highway and directly north of Mount French in the Fassifern Valley. The town is part of the Scenic Rim Region local government area. At the 2016 census, Kalbar had a population of 1,093.[1]


Passengers waiting at Kalbar railway station on the Mount Edwards railway line, 1917
Edward Street in the 1920s
Farms close to Warrill Creek, 2015

Settlement began at the location in 1876 and by 1890 a small town had developed.[2] The town was once known as Fassifern Scrub and then Engelsburg after the first settler of the town. The town has a very rich German history, having been established "almost exclusively"[3] by German settlers, reflected today in the many Anglo-German road and street names as well as the many local German settler descendant surnames. The name changed to Kalbar because of anti-German sentiment in 1916.,[2] though only first applied to the railway station.[4] The Engelsberg School of Arts did not change to the Kalbar School of Arts until July, 1918.[5] The Mount Edwards railway line reached the town in 1916.[2]

Kalbar State School opened in 1879.[6][7]

Engelsburg Post Office opened on 7 July 1897 (a receiving office had been open from 1878. known as Engels for five years) and was renamed Kalbar in 1916.[8]

During the 1899 referendum to decide if Australia should become a federation, Kalbar registered the highest No vote of any town in Queensland.[9] In 1920, the Kalbar School of Arts hall and half the businesses in town were destroyed by fire.[2]

From 1961 to 1990, Kalbar held a large annual celebration, the Fassifern Potato Festival. The event included a street parade with motorised floats culminating at the show grounds and continuation of festivities.[10][11] Some artifacts from the festival can be found at the Templin Historical Museum. Harvest Festivals organised by the local Salvation Army church extended back to the 1920s.[12][13][14] The annual agricultural show is held in June.

Kalbar Country Day is a festival which is held in late October annually since 1991.[15][16]

Heritage listings[edit]

St John’s Lutheran Church, 2015

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


The Scenic Rim Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits George Street.[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kalbar (Urban Centre/Locality)" 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. pp. 36–37. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  3. ^ "A Visit to [?]glesburg". Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald And General Advertiser. XXXI, (4407). Queensland, Australia. 18 September 1890. p. 5. Retrieved 19 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. ^ "A FATAL ACCIDENT". Queensland Times. LVII, (9638). Queensland, Australia. 31 August 1916. p. 4 (DAILY.). Retrieved 19 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. ^ "Kalbar Letter". Queensland Times. LX, (10, 121). Queensland, Australia. 17 July 1918. p. 6 (DAILY.). Retrieved 19 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  6. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Kalbar SS". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  8. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  9. ^ "The Brisbane Wheel". Centenary of Federation. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 March 2001. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  10. ^ Pfeffer, C. K (26 November 2007), Fassifern Potato Festival parade entering Kalbar Showgrounds, 1987, Scenic Rim Regional Council, retrieved 10 February 2015
  11. ^ "Beautiful bikes". Scenic Rim. Scenic Rim Regional Council.
  12. ^ "WEST MORETON NEWS". Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954). Ipswich) (Qld.: National Library of Australia. 17 March 1923. p. 6 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  13. ^ "KALBAR". Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954). Ipswich) (Qld.: National Library of Australia. 15 March 1935. p. 12 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Farewell Socials At Kalbar". Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954). Ipswich, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 1 March 1949. p. 4 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Kalbar Country Day". Visit Scenic Rim. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  16. ^ Bushnell, Tom (17 October 2018). "Kalbar to come alive for Country Day". Beaudesert Times. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Wiss House (former) (entry 601137)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  18. ^ "Fassifern Homestead (entry 602675)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  19. ^ a b "Local Heritage Register" (PDF). Scenic Rim Regional Council. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  20. ^ "Wiss Brothers Store & Dwelling (former) (entry 601200)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  21. ^ "Mobile Library" (PDF). Scenic Rim Regional Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Krause, Herbert Albrecht; Fassifern Potato Festival Committee (1972), Out of the brigalows : history and reminiscences of the Kalbar district Queensland 1872-1972, Fassifern Potato Festival Committee
  • Pfeffer, Collin; Miller, Lawrence; Yarrow, Robert A; Engelsburg State School Centenary Association (Kalbar, Qld.) (1979), Engelsburg State School centenary book : including history of:- Fassifern Station, Fassifern Valley, Charlwood, Silverdale, Obum Obum, Frazerview and Moogerah Dam Provisional School, Engelsburg State School Centenary Celebrations Association, ISBN 978-0-9595324-0-1

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