Samsonvale, Queensland

Coordinates: 27°15′43″S 152°51′29″E / 27.2619°S 152.8580°E / -27.2619; 152.8580 (Samsonvale (centre of locality))
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Samsonvale & Districts Public Hall, Samsonvale, 2020 02.jpg
Samsonvale & Districts Public Hall, 2020
Samsonvale is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°15′43″S 152°51′29″E / 27.2619°S 152.8580°E / -27.2619; 152.8580 (Samsonvale (centre of locality))
Population590 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density17.46/km2 (45.2/sq mi)
Area33.8 km2 (13.1 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Moreton Bay Region
State electorate(s)Pine Rivers
Federal division(s)Dickson
Suburbs around Samsonvale:
Armstrong Creek Dayboro Rush Creek
Kobble Creek Samsonvale Whiteside
Mount Glorious Mount Samson Cashmere

Samsonvale is a rural locality in the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Samsonvale had a population of 590 people.[1]


The district is dominated by Lake Samsonvale, the waters of North Pine Dam, one of the three main water-suppliers to the metropolitan region. Samsonvale sits below the highest peak in the area, Mount Samson.[citation needed]


View of Mount Samson from Golds Scrub Lane

Samsonvale was occupied by the indigenous people, who named the area Tukuwompa.[3]

British settlement of Samsonvale began with the Samsonvale pastoral run established in 1845 by the Joyner family and the locality takes its name from the pastoral run.[2] The nearby suburb of Joyner is named after the family.[4][5]

The history of Samsonvale is one of forced resumptions with three quarters of the Joyner's original pastoral run in the 1860s being taken from them.[4]

Samsonvale Provisional School opened on 1 June 1875. It closed on 1880.[6] It was located "100 yards north of the Presbyterian Church" (approx 27°16′04″S 152°51′33″E / 27.26789°S 152.85904°E / -27.26789; 152.85904 (Samsonvale Provisional School (former))).[7]

Presbyterian church services were originally held in the provisional school. After the school closed, local people raised funds and built a church using timber from the immediately surrounding area in 1884, which officially opened on Sunday 25 January 1885 by the Reverend A. Macintosh.[8] The church was built on land donated by the Gold family and was located at the end of Gold Scrub Lane (27°16′08″S 152°51′32″E / 27.26879°S 152.85901°E / -27.26879; 152.85901 (Samsonvale Presbyterian Church (former))). The church was renovated in 1913. Although the church site was not inundated by the North Pine Dam, the loss of farm land due to the dam resulted in many members of the congregation leaving the district from 1957 onwards. Without a viable congregation, the church closed in 1969. The building was purchased by the Dam Construction Authority and was demolished in 1973. A memorial was placed on the church site.[7][9]

In 1918 the Dayboro railway line reached Samford with the Samford railway station opening on 1 July 1918; the line would finally reach its terminus at Dayboro railway station on 25 September 1920. In 1955 the line closed from Ferny Grove to Dayboro, closing the Samford railway station.[10] The remaining Ferny Grove railway line is now only a passenger service within the City of Brisbane with Ferny Grove railway station being the closest rail connection from Samford.[citation needed]

A little over one hundred years later, the district's farming families were once again be forced from their farms, this time to allow for the construction of the North Pine Dam.[citation needed]

For the first half of the last Century Samsonvale was predominantly a dairy farming community centered on a station on the Dayboro railway line.[citation needed]

The construction of the North Pine Dam and the flooding of Lake Samsonvale in the 1970s caused a series of forced resumptions of family farms. The flooding of the Lake also closed the Presbyterian Church, community hall, and post office.[citation needed]

All that remains today at the site of the old village is a cemetery with much of the former district underwater, along with the original Samsonvale pastoral run [11] and much of the district's best farming land.[citation needed]

The current Samsonvale Rural Fire Brigade facility sits above what was once the center of the Kobble Creek community.[citation needed]

In 2006, during a drought seeing water levels of Lake Samsonvale falling to unprecedented lows, archeological works were considered by the local council to preserve historic artifacts from flooded homesteads dating back to the 19th Century.[12] In 2010 Lake Samsonvale was once again filled to capacity, covering the historical sites and much of the district's best farming land.[citation needed]

In the 2011 census, Samsonvale recorded a population of 555 people, 49.2% female and 50.8% male.[13] The median age of the Samsonvale population was 38 years, 1 year above the national median of 37. 83.8% of people living in Samsonvale were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 6.1%, New Zealand 1.8%, Germany 0.9%, Papua New Guinea 0.9%, South Africa 0.7%. 94.2% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.4% German, 0.7% Arabic, 0.7% Spanish, 0.5% French.[13]

In the 2016 census, Samsonvale had a population of 590 people.[1]


The area around the cemetery has a large biodiversity, with over 250 species of bird recorded.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Samsonvale (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Samsonvale – locality in Moreton Bay Region (entry 45470)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  3. ^ Petrie, Constance Campbell; Petrie, Tom (1992), Tom Petrie's reminiscences of early Queensland (4th ed.), University of Queensland Press, p. 317, ISBN 978-0-7022-2383-9
  4. ^ a b "Pine Rivers other historical topics". Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Samsonvale - Queensland Places". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  6. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  7. ^ a b Samsonvale Presbyterian Church memorial, 7 January 2007, archived from the original on 3 February 2021, retrieved 3 February 2021
  8. ^ "Current News". The Queenslander. Vol. XXVII, no. 490. Queensland, Australia. 14 February 1885. p. 245. Archived from the original on 3 February 2021. Retrieved 3 February 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "Samsonvale | Moreton Bay Region". Moreton Daily. Archived from the original on 3 February 2021. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  10. ^ Kerr, John (1990). Triumph of narrow gauge : a history of Queensland Railways. Boolarong Publications. pp. 93, 224. ISBN 978-0-86439-102-5.
  11. ^ "Our History - Pine Rivers District". Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  12. ^ [1] Archived October 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Samsonvale (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 September 2014. Edit this at Wikidata

Further reading[edit]

  • Gold, A. J; Gold, Ken (1996), Samsonvale : a history of the Samsonvale district, Pine Rivers Shire Council, Local Studies Section, ISBN 978-0-9596428-8-9

External links[edit]

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