Surrounds and History

Do hereby grant unto … Henry Cossart … All that Piece and Parcel of Land in Our … Colony containing by Admeasurement Two hundred and forty acres be the same more or less situated in the County of Cavendish and Parish of Crows Nest, Selection 800B Toowoomba District Portion 5 Being the Land selected under the 46th Section of “The Crown Lands Alienation Act of 1868” Commencing on the left bank of Perseverance Creek at a point bearing three hundred and nineteen degrees and distant sixty nine links from an Apple tree marked [SEE THE PHOTO ON THE RIGHT] on a Road dividing this Land from Portion Three …

– Extract from the original Deed of Grant for the selection containing the land that is now Wordwood
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 This page records interesting information we have collected about Wordwood and its surrounds and their history.

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Surrounds

Wordwood is in Perseverance. Perseverance is a locality in the Crows Nest district of the Toowoomba region local government area. Hampton is the closest ‘town’ to Perseverance. Crows Nest, to the north, and Highfields, to the south, are the next closest towns, and both are much larger than Hampton. Between 1913 and 2008, the Crows Nest district was administered by the Crows Nest Shire Council. In 2008, that Council was merged into the Toowoomba Regional Council. The map below shows all the localities currently administered by Toowoomba Regional Council and highlights Perseverance, Hampton, Crows Nest and Highfields.

Toowoomba District Map showing region

 

Perseverance

Population and Facilities

According to the 2011 Australian Census, the locality of Perseverance’s population was 367 people. Perseverance Hall (see the photo below) is the centre of the locality: it has no town. The hall was officially opened on 1 January 1936. It remains in use as a rural hall today.

Natural Features

Perseverance Creek is a defining natural feature of Perseverance. The creek’s headwaters are in the Perseverance Reserve bordering Perseverance and Palmtree. The creek then runs roughly north through Perseverance (see the blue line on the photo on the right) into the Crows Nest National Park, eventually reaching Lake Perseverance. The creek is Wordwood’s back boundary. The national park is included on the ‘Things To Do’ page of this blog.

Heritage

Perseverance’s major heritage is a small section of Munro’s Tramway. The tramway is included on the ‘Things To Do’ page of this website.

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Perseverance Creek Final 2(Photo: Google Maps)

Hampton

Population and Facilities

According to the 2011 Australian Census, the locality of Hampton’s population was 345 people. The town in Hampton consists of an information centre and park, restaurant, general store and cafe, and antique shop. The information centre and restaurant are included on the ‘Things To Do’ page of this blog.

Natural Features

Hampton is on the top of the escarpment of the Great Dividing Range. It is 715m above sea level. It is also the junction of major roads north through Crows Nest then north-west onto the Bunya Mountains, east through Esk and then north-east onto the Sunshine Coast and east onto Brisbane, and south-west to Toowoomba.

Heritage

The information centre is in an historic building (see the photo on the right).

Hampton Information Centre

Crows Nest

Population and Facilities

According to the 2011 Australian Census, the locality of Crow Nests’ population was 1,596 people. The town includes an IGA supermarket, The Grand Old Crow Hotel, and many other cafes, shops and services.

Natural Features

Crows Nest started as a popular overnight camp for bullock teams hauling timber.  It then became the lasr stop on a branch railway line from Toowoomba that replaced bullock teams (now closed). In 1913, it became the administrative centre for a new local government area. Just outside the centre of town there is a walk from Bullocky’s Rest Park (see the photo on the right) to the Waterbird Habitat and Hartmann Park. The walk is included on the ‘Things To Do’ page of this blog.

Heritage

Crows Nests’ historical town centre and the Crows Nest Museum & Historical Village are included on the ‘Things To Do’ page of this blog.

 bullocks(Photo: Discover Crows Nest )

Highfields

Population and Facilities

According to the 2011 Australian Census, the locality of Highfields’ population was 8,131. It is a fully serviced satellite suburb of the city of Toowoomba.

Natural Features

Peacehaven Botanic Park is 4.7 hectare botanical gardens and local park (see the photo on the right). It is included on the ‘Things To Do’ page of this blog.

Heritage

The Highfields Pioneer Historical Village is included on the ‘Things To Do’ page of this blog.

 peacehaventimberwalkwaysandmosaicmotifs.jpg(Photo: peacehavenpark.org)

History

Sources 

We have come across a number of interesting local history sources. These sources are referenced in the outline of the history of Wordword that follows.

Books

  • Warrior (Libby Connors, 2015)
  • Dark Emu – Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident (Bill Pascoe, 2014)
  • The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia (Bill Gammage, 2013)
  • One Hour More Daylight: A Historical Overview of Aboriginal Dispossession in Southern and Southwest Queensland (Mark Copland et al, 2010)
  • Pages from the Journal of a Queensland Squatter (Oscar de Satge, 1901)
  • Squatters, Selectors and Storekeepers: A History of the Darling Downs (D B Waterson, 1968)
  • Squatters of the Eastern Darling Downs 1840-1900s (Diana J Beal, 2014)
  • Run to Railway: A History of the Crows Nest Run 1842-1890 (Joan Broome, 2009)
  • Crows Nest 1890-1915 (Joan Broome, 2014)
  • First Families (Joan Broome, 2012)
  • From Tall Timbers: A Folk History of Crow’s Nest Shire to 1988 (Crows Nest & District Tourist & Progress Association Inc, 1988)
  • Beyond Tall Timbers 1988-2008 (Crows Nest & District Tourist & Progress Association Inc, 2008)
  • Ravensbourne Then & Now (Colin E Beutel, 1992)
  • Toowoomba Then & Now: The Changing Face of Darling Downs (Toowoomba Chronicle et al)
  • Munro’s Hampton Tramway (R K Morgan & The Light Railway Research Society of Australia, 1978)
  • Jondaryan Woolshed (Jondaryan Woolshed Association, 1980)

Websites (see the links on the right)

  • They Came They Stayed
  • History of Crows Nest
  • Munros Tramway Historic Group
Introduction

Wordwood’s history is intertwined with that of Perseverance, their wider surrounds and the families that have occupied them from time to time.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MARGIE’S HISTORY 

 

Interesting Faces 1(Watercolour: Margie)