The suburb of Beenleigh was settled by Europeans in 1868 and was named by John Davy and Frank Gooding in memory of their family estate back in England. More than 100 years later, Beenleigh has certainly changed, but at Old Beenleigh Town, things remain exactly the same.
The Beenleigh Historical Village (205 Main Street, Beenleigh) is a replica town reminiscent of the olden days. There are more than twenty historically significant buildings on site, including an original church, a school, railway station, post office, council chambers and even a jail. Each building functions as a museum, replicating the furnishings and adornments of the time as though they had been preserved throughout the ages.
Regular tours take visitors for a fun and educational journey through the village, providing historic commentary and old fashioned activities like blacksmithing and bush-painting. Tours cost $10.00 per student and are free for parents and teachers. For an extra $3.00, you can enjoy a sausage sizzle and can of soft drink. Bookings are essential; call 3382 0608.
Visitors are also welcome to attend the weekly Anglican church service at Saint Georges Church, begining at 8.30am every Sunday morning.
The website for Old Beenleigh Town has changed to add the .au extension: www.oldbeenleightown.com.au Please change your link. The prices for entry and tours have changed. Please refer to the new website.
Gary Hollindale (Minute Secretary BDHV - OBT)