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Remembering Leichhardt’s 8-month stay in Southeast Queensland in 1843.
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THEN

Much of the countryside adjacent to Woodford was once part of the sprawling ‘Durundur’ station, settled by the Archer brothers in 1841 ~ the first European settlers in the district.

Leichhardt found his way here in 1843, after travelling up from Sydney, and being introduced to Tom Archer by the German missionaries at Zion’s Hill (Nundah) in Brisbane.

He based at Durundur for eight months as he explored deep into the hinterland of Southeast Queensland, venturing up to Wide Bay, beyond present-day Gympie and Tiaro, before he returned to Sydney to prepare to set off on his great expedition in 1844.

NOW

On 26 October 2013, an often-overlooked aspect of Leichhardt's early travels in Southeast Queensland was given renewed focus in metal and stone.

The Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency
Ms Penelope Wensley AC, Patron of the Royal Historical Society of Quensland, unveiled a statue dedicated to the Archers.

Ms Wensley and Germany's Queensland Honorary Consul Professor Michael Schütz then unveiled a plaque recognising Leichhardt's time there.

The pretty town of Woodford is an hour's drive northwest of Brisbane, nestled between the Conondale / Blackall and D'Aguilar Ranges.

Today perhaps more famous for its annual Woodford Folk Festival, held over the New Year, Woodford was once an important timber and dairying centre.

Find the memorials in Cruice Park, on the Kilcoy-Beerwah Road, and pay a visit to the Woodford & District Historical Society and Community Museum.

Above: The extent of the vast Durundur estate flanking Woodford can be seen in this flyer, printed when the Archers’ legacy was split into 74 lots and offered for sale.(Queensland Heritage Atlas)

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Above: Watercolour thought to have been made by one of the Archer brothers of the first buildings on Durundur, shortly after the scrub had first been cleared. (State Library of Qld 4624-1)

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Above: Pretty countryside at the southern end of the Conondale and Blackall Ranges makes the Woodford region an engaging day’s exploration for 21st century explorers. (Andesign101 / Shutterstock)

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Above: The Leichhardt and Archer memorial and plaque in Cruice Park at Woodford. The Kilcoy-Beerwah Road is in the background. (John Jennings)
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