Years ago, the Pacific Highway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast used to pass through the centre of Beenleigh. The town lies midway between the two cities and I have memories as a child of our family stopping at either Beenleigh for fresh bread or Yatala for pies on the way to the Gold Coast.
The town is now a part of Logan city and is bypassed by the modern highway. But the main street through Beenleigh is called Main Street and is part of the old Pacific Highway. Situated at 205 Main Street is the Beenleigh Historical Village.
I have a personal fascination with museums and historical villages. Often I contemplate how different life would be and what I would be doing if I had lived in earlier times. If you also have a similar fascination and you travel between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, take a short detour on one of your trips and stop off at the Beenleigh Historical Village.
In the village are twenty heritage buildings which have been restored and stocked with museum pieces of items owned by those who lived in the 1860's and onward. One of those buildings is an old one teacher school house. Written on the blackboard is the teacher's name, "Miss Behaving". The classroom is equipped with the old long desks and bench seats which brought back memories of my own primary school days. In the desks are the holes into which the school ink containers would be placed and slots where the steel nibbed pens for copybook writing would be placed.
Another building in the grounds is St. George Anglican Church. This church was built in 1875 and was relocated from its original site on the corner of Bellow Street and Kent Street in Beenleigh to the village in 1980. Services are still held in the church and it is available for weddings and other functions.
Local artists are able to display their talents in a special gallery which has been set up for them in the village.