‘Pioneer Park’ is a shady, beautifully manicured park, located just off the main road that runs through the beautiful township of Childers, in Queensland, designed to commemorate the first pioneers of the region.
Meandering pathways through beautiful gardens, with seating provided on which to take it all in – it proves a very popular locale for a picnic with family and friends. The park is dedicated to the founding and first pioneers who infiltrated the ‘Isis Scrub’ – an almost impenetrable jungle that once dominated some 25,000 acres of this entire area, and in which the magnificent and huge Hoop Pine was found.
” . . . Credit was given to Wm. Howard, as the first to see the scrub in 1863; Howard was a pioneer in Wide Bay, having come to Maryborough in 1857 as a young man and moved freely about the district.
This claim can be reasonably disputed as old records in the Lands Department show that Eureka as a station was taken up in the early fifties, and the homestead is only a few miles from the scrub on the western side, also Agnes Vale on the south side was occupied about the same time as Eureka, and those early settlers would not be there long before they found out something about the scrub . . . “
Source: Excerpt – “The History of the Isis Scrub” by Arthur Laurie – c 1948 – pp 118
” . . . If William Howard was not the original discoverer of the scrub, he was the first white man to explore it and to assess its value as a huge timber prospect as it became later famous for the stands of hoop pine, which amount to many million of feet that was later taken from it . . “
Source: Excerpt – “The History of the Isis Scrub” by Arthur Laurie – c 1948 – pp 119
The first industry to start in the Isis Scrub was that of timber-getting, and as mentioned previously hoop pine was in abundance and of very large dimensions . . . ”
Source: Excerpt – “The History of the Isis Scrub” by Arthur Laurie – c 1948 – pp 120
” . . . There is none of the original scrub left, perhaps with the exception of a few odd trees, and it is a great pity that a few acres were not preserved as a botanical museum or a national park . . . “
Source: Excerpt – “The History of the Isis Scrub” by Arthur Laurie – c 1948 – pp 124
An informative article published in the October of 1897 provides an insight into these early years . . .
– Approximately 550 m North-West of the Town Centre – obtain Directions here
– A small Car Park is situate within the Park
– Things to Do about Town
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- Public Toilets
- Mobile Data 3G - 4G
- Mobile Reception
- Drinking Water
- Picnic Tables
- Rubbish Bins
- Off Street Parking
- Sealed Road