Everton Park Heights Estate

Everton Park Heights Estate

A little local history

Everton Hills is a wonderful, family-friendly suburb. It’s reminiscent of an era when you chatted over the fence with your neighbours, people looked out for one another and shopkeepers knew you by name.

Indigenous past

This sense of community dates back to the first inhabitants. Aboriginal clans including the Turrbal, Kabi and Waka enjoyed many social and ceremonial activities including the bunya feasts in the Blackall Range and the Bunya Mountains.

Explorers and settlers

In 1823, a party led by John Oxley arrived to navigate North Pine River, naming it Deception River. A year later, Oxley returned to collect samples of Hoop Pines that grew in abundance throughout the area and later helped build settlements in the south. The river later became known as Pine River.

Frances Griffin was the first free settler, establishing Whiteside Run in 1843 north of the river. James Sibley and Joseph King followed in 1844 with Samsonvale Run on the south.

In the late 1850’s, Tom Petrie leased ten sections of land from the Griffins to form Murrumba run. In 1859, James Cash, having leased his land for eight years became the first freehold landholder in what was to become Pine Rivers Shire.

The Crown Lands Alienation Act passed in 1868 and at least half the leased areas of major runs were resumed and offered up for selection. Small crop farming, dairy farming and timber getting began to flourish.

Everton Park Heights Estate

Early development

With gold discovered in Gympie in 1867, Cobb and Co. Coaches expanded their passenger and mail services into the Pine Rivers area. Tom Petrie's Murrumba homestead was the perfect site for the change of horses between Brisbane and Gympie. A mail office and hostelry were established from which the North Pine Township grew.

Local government was set up in the 1870’s followed by schools and railway. The dairy industry boomed, rum distilleries opened in Strathpine and Normanby and a cornflour mill at Lawnton.

War and Post War

During World War II, an estimated 50,000 Australian, American and allied troops were stationed in camps in the Pine Rivers Shire and three airstrips were constructed. After the war, farming continued and electricity arrived to most households. The Australian Paper Manufacturers’ Petrie Mill opened in 1957, Sideling Creek was damned to create Lake Kurwongbah in 1961 and PGH Brickworks opened using local supplies of clay.

Population Boom

Around 1960, the first residential subdivision took place in Albany Creek. Residential development continued throughout the 60’s, changing the rural landscape with houses and businesses appearing along Gympie Road and in the Hills District - Ferny Hills, Arana Hills and Everton Hills. Originally to be called Everton Parks Heights Estate, Everton Hills was in the Pine Rivers Shire until 2008 and has now been amalgamated into the Moreton Bay Region.

In the 70’s Pine Rivers’ population grew to over 25,000 (from 8,760 at the 1961 Census.) Brendale was established as the main industrial area and the North Pine Dam was opened in 1976 to supply water into Brisbane and surrounding districts.

Population topped 63,000 in the early 80’s whilst industry and commerce continued to expand opening up local employment opportunities. In late 2004, 140,000 people called the shire home with a 2021 prediction of 200,000.

Kind contribution from Arcadia Love. Thanks

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