Woodford is a town and a locality in the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3]

The town is noted for its folk festival that takes place over the New Year holidays.[citation needed]

Geography

Woodford is on the D'Aguilar Highway 72 km north-west of Brisbane and 24 km west of Caboolture.[citation needed]

History

Sketch of Durundur Station by Charles Archer, 1843

Duungidjawu (also known as Kabi Kabi, Cabbee, Carbi, Gabi Gabi) is an Australian Aboriginal language spoken on Duungidjawu country. The Duungidjawu language region includes the landscape within the local government boundaries of Somerset Region and Moreton Bay Region, particularly the towns of Caboolture, Kilcoy, Woodford and Moore.[4]

Dalla (also known as Dalambara and Dallambara) is a language of the Upper Brisbane River catchment, notably the Conondale Range. Dalla is part of the Duungidjawu language region includes the landscape within the local government boundaries of the Somerset and Moreton Bay Regional Councils, particularly the towns of Caboolture, Kilcoy, Woodford and Moore.[5]

In 1841 the Archer brothers established Durundur station along the Stanley River, near where Woodford now stands.[6]

In 1877, 10,800 acres (4,400 ha) were resumed from the Durundur pastoral run and offered for selection on 19 April 1877.[7]

Mr W. Yates was the first to take possession of his selected portion of the country and he built a hotel near a ford across the river.[8] The hotel, and the town which developed around it became known, unofficially, as Yatesville.[citation needed]

The town was positioned on a hill closer to the Stanley River than the present day town.[9] When the introduction of a regular mail service required the town to have an official name a meeting was called and 'McConnel' was decided on in honour of the senior partner of Durundur Station ‑ but the Postmaster General would not accept that name.[citation needed] Therefore, another meeting was called and those present called it 'Woodford' in honour of the junior partner, Mr H.C. Wood, and in recognition of the importance to the community of the ford across the river.[10]

Timber cutting is the town's main industry. Most of the timber sourced from the area is sent to a sawmill in Caboolture.[citation needed]

Dairying is also a major industry. A co-operative dairy factory opened in the town in 1904.[10]

Woodford was a stop on the now-closed Kilcoy railway line. The line reached Woodford in 1909 and connected the town to the small regional centre of Caboolture.[10] Most of the railway infrastructure was removed after the line closed in the mid-1960s, and much of the land has been sold.[citation needed]

New housing subdivisions were established on Kropp Road and Ironbark Drive during 2010 and 2011. In addition, a Woolworths supermarket opened in the town in 2010.[11]

The Woodford Correctional Centre is on the outskirts of town.[12]

Demographics

In the 2011 census, Woodford recorded a population of 2,517 people, 40.2% female and 59.8% male.[13] The median age of the Woodford population was 37 years, the same as the national median.[13]

82.9% of people living in Woodford were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 4.6%, England 3.4%, Netherlands 0.8%, Scotland 0.7%, Vietnam 0.4%.[13]

74.7% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.7% Dutch, 0.3% German, 0.1% Filipino, 0.1% French, 0.1% Spanish.[13]

Culture

Music festivals

The Woodford Folk Festival is held in the town in December each year.[citation needed]

In 2010 and 2011, the Australian music festival Splendour in the Grass was held in Woodford in the same location as the Folk Festival.[citation needed]

The Aboriginal cultural event, the Dreaming Festival, is also held at the same site.[14]

Film

Woodford was also one of the principal locations for the 2003 low-budget horror film, Undead.[citation needed]

Other

The Moreton Bay Regional Council operates a public library in Woodford at 1 Elizabeth Street.[15] The library opened in 1978.[16]

There is a small rail museum in the town which operates a steam train on the first and third Sunday of each month.[17]

On the third Sunday of each month, a small market is held in the middle of the town, consisting mainly of white elephant stalls.[citation needed]

The Woodford Show Society was established in 1911 and the town's show is held in June each year.[18]

Defunct

A local landmark up until its closure in 2010 was the Elvis Presley-themed fruit and vegetable shop, "Elvis Parsley's Grapelands."[19]

The town had an online community newspaper from 2010 to approximately 2014.[20][21]

Religion

The Anglican church is part of the Parish of Kilcoy and belongs to the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane. The church continues to maintain a theologically liberal Anglo-Catholic outlook.[22]

The local Roman Catholic Church has a strong ecumenical focus and maintains a close relationship with the Anglican church.[23]

There are also two Protestant churches in the town: the Woodford Baptist Church[24] and the Stanley River Valley Community Church.[25][26]

Sport

Woodford is the home of the Stanley River Cricket Club, which supports junior and senior cricket in the local area.[27]

References

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Woodford (Qld.) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Woodford - town in Moreton Bay Region (entry 37969)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Woodford - locality in Moreton Bay Region (entry 49227)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  4. ^ CC-BY-icon-80x15.png This Wikipedia article incorporates CC-BY-4.0 licensed text from: "Duungidjawu". Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages map. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  5. ^ CC-BY-icon-80x15.png This Wikipedia article incorporates CC-BY-4.0 licensed text from: "Indigenous languages map of Queensland". State Library of Queensland. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  6. ^ "History of the Archer brothers". The Archer brothers in Queensland. The State Library of Queensland. 29 June 2009. hdl:10462/eadarc/7190.
  7. ^ "Proclamations under the New Land Acts". The Brisbane Courier. Queensland, Australia. 2 March 1877. p. 3. Retrieved 19 February 2020 – via Trove.
  8. ^ Lydia Beanland (1 December 1932). "The Family of Thomas and Lydia Emma Kinton BEANLAND". North Coast and Stanley District News. Denver Beanland. Archived from the original on 7 October 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  9. ^ Horton, Helen (1988). Brisbane's Back Door: The story of the D'Aguilar Range. Bowen Hills, Queensland: Boolarong Publications. p. 8. ISBN 0-86439-036-X.
  10. ^ a b c Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 159. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  11. ^ The New Woodford Archived 19 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine Woodford Newspaper. Retrieved 20 December 2011
  12. ^ "Woodford Correctional Centre". Queensland Government. 8 June 2018. Archived from the original on 13 March 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Woodford (Qld) (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 September 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 November 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Woodford Library". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 13 November 2017. Archived from the original on 29 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 14. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  17. ^ Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society Archived 23 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  18. ^ "Woodford Show Society". Archived from the original on 12 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ "woodfordnewspaper.com". 12 February 2010. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Woodfordnewspaper.com". Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  22. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 21 October 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Stanley River Catholic Church". Archived from the original on 27 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  24. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 7 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  25. ^ "Church versus chocolate: the verdict". The Courier-Mail. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  26. ^ "Stanley River Valley Community Church". Archived from the original on 26 March 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  27. ^ Stanley River Cricket Club Archived 8 September 2012 at Archive.today Woodford is home to the Stanley River Wolves Rugby League Football club which has team in both junior and senior competitions in the Sunshine Coast Rugby League Woodford has a mixed social Touch Football club Woodford has an excellent championship 18 hole par 72 Golf Course."Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Retrieved 20 December 2011.

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