Points of Interest Category: Town Centre & Info
Longitude: 151.122519 Latitude: -25.370993
Metres above Sea Level: 188.9 m
Area: 456 km² Perimeter: 114 km
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” . . . Eidsvold, a mining township on Boundary Creek, a tributary of the Burnett River, 55 miles from Mount Perry. Has extensive gold and copper deposits. Much capital has been expended in developing the reefs, and in some instances good returns have been made . . . “
Source: Excerpt – ‘The History of Maryborough & Wide Bay & Burnett Districts from the Year 1850 to 1895’ – by George E. Loyau – published 1897 – pp 378
Eidsvold was once a gold mining town:
” . . . The history of Eidsvold is an amazing story. Warden Edmund F. Craven proclaimed the gold field, and next year re reported as follows : – “Eidsvold, or Mount Rose township, has eight public-houses, eight stores, two bakers, two butchers, Roman Catholic church, Salvation Army barracks, one dancing saloon, two steam sawmills, and a population of about 1,200. Two coaches come weekly from Gayndah, four from Mount Perry, one from Dalby, and one from Chinchilla. Craventown, three miles from Mount Rose, has three hotels, three stores, tow butchers, and two cordial makers, and a population of about 400. Edistown, at Mount Jones, has also four hotels, stores, and butchers’ shops, with about 400 population.”
There were then 2,500 people in and around Eidsvold, and yet miners were so scarce that a number of mines had to get exemption, as labour was not obtainable. Prospectors scattered over all the district, and claims were taken up in all directions. The sudden rise and expansion of Eidsvold were remarkable in even the history of mining towns, and a great future was confidently anticipated by all classes. At the present time Eidsvold has a population of only 400, or about 1,000 in the whole district, and its glory as a mining field has departed, as least for the time being . . . “
Source: Excerpt – ‘The History of Queensland: Its People & Industries’ – by Matthew J Fox – published c 1923 – pp 824-825
Today, the township of Eidsvold is surrounded by park lands, walkways, cycling trails, golf, tennis, swimming pools – just to mention a few. Even the scenery surrounding the roads into Eidsvold, in Queensland are absolutely beautiful, as they wind through valleys and over crests, presenting stunning panoramas of rolling hills and crisp, clear landscapes.
Approaching Eidsvold from the south, the infamous ‘RM Williams Bush Learning Centre’ is the first attraction – moving closer, an immaculately maintained Golf Course is revealed – a bridge suspending waters full of stunning Lillies – surrounded by park lands, and then, into the quiet little township – full of character and charm. The wide streets afford ample parking for rigs large and small, with a variety of picnic facilities, amenities, shopping and accommodation.
The stunning township of Eidsvold has so much to explore . . .
How Eidsvold came to be . . .
The story of Eidsvold begins with the Archer brothers, way back in 1848, when they were the first Europeans to venture out west, in the search for suitable pastoral land to select and establish a run:
” . . . BOUND FOR THE BURNETT
Once the decision for the Burnett was made, not any time was lost in moving up on May 14, 1848, a start was made from Cooyar.
A journal of the trip was kept by Charles, the original of which has been preserved. This gives the number of sheep, men and horses of the outfit, together with drays and the stores; actually it was two outfits, as another company had been formed – C and T. Archer – as well as the old D. Archer & Co. and the sheep belonging to each firm were kept separate.
After a month’s travelling the banks of the Burnett on their new properties were reached, and the party halted here temporarily while exploring the country and settling on sites for head stations. They pushed on again and finally after more than two months out from Cooyar they reached their final destination.
The two stations were named Eidsvold and Coonambula. Eidsvold is the name of a small town in Norway, where the independent constitution of Norway was adopted in 1814. Coonambula means “two pine trees” – after two pines which grew near the house.
Both these properties are still well known today, and at Eidsvold one of the original buildings have been preserved.
The usual busy life of putting up yards and buildings had to be started all over again. They were very short of labour at this time and both had to undertake “Jim Sheaing.” This procedure has to he undertaken when the pasture gets eaten out. Usually a shepherd would return to a yard and perhaps a hut at night, but very dry years would eat the surrounding country right out and the shepherd then would have to let the sheep wander where the feed was better and when night came just let the sheep camp, while he would regale himself on Johnnie cakes and tea, and roll himself in his possum-skin rug till daylight.
After shearing, Tom took the dray with wool to Maryborough – one of the first loads to be shipped from the port.
The brothers David and William arrived in August to inspect the new properties. David was so pleased with the country he decided he would sell Durundur and Cooyar and come up. William had by this time left the Walkers and had taken the management of Eton Vale while the owner, Arthur Hodgson, went to England . . . “
Source: Excerpt – ‘The Morning Bulletin’ – Article ‘The Fitzroy Valley: Centenary of Archers’ Discovery’ – published 7th May 1953
They established the ‘Eidsvold’ head station, often referred to as the ‘Archer Homestead’, some 8 km west of the township of Eidsvold by road. The head station was sited on the western bank of the Burnett River, and, it is wonderful to see that the original homestead, c 1850, has been preserved and still remains today . . .
Gold Fever !!
However, it was the discovery of gold that nurtured the growth of the township of Eidsvold – the name having been adopted from the Archer Brothers original pastoral run:
” . . . Gold was first found here in the early fifties on Swindle Hill by a shepherd named Lodden Bill, but no work was done until 1862, when Mr. John Faulkner sent a trial lot of stone of 1½ tons to Sydney for treatment, and yielded 8½ ounces per ton. The prejudice, however, to mining that existed in the locality owing to the fear of the squatters that their runs would be invaded and the stock disturbed, and other circumstances, led to the abandonment of the mine, and though other mines were opened in the district but little was done until Mr. Fred. Achilles registered a protection area at the Warden’s office, Gayndah, on April 26th, 1887, when he exhibited some rich specimens of stone, found near Mr. Faulkner’s old workings, and about 2½ ounces of gold. Mr. Carter, of Gympie, next pegged out the Golden Spur, and rapidly the town of Eidsvold rose up as the influx of population increased and the many reefs in the locality were opened ; Maryborough and Bundaberg men being especially prominent in the development of the mines. As is usual with new mining fields large numbers of leases were taken up at the outset on the chance of a neighbour proving itself payable gold-bearing, and many of these were afterwards abandoned. It was this whole sale abandonment, more than anything else, which won for the field, though only for a time, an undeserved evil reputation. St. John’s Creek, early in June, 1890, a short distance from Eidsvold, was opened, and acted as a spur for further development at the larger field ; from that time the district has progressed . . . “
Source: Excerpt – ‘Goldfields of Queensland’ – published 1899 – pp 17
” . . . Eidsvold is prettily situated on the side of a steep ridge with the chief mines nestled in the adjacent surrounding hills. The old workings extend from the junction of Boundary Creek with the Burnett, some 7 miles below Eidsvold head station, to about 9 miles above on both sides of the River Burnett. The resemblance of the information of the field to Charters Towers is very marked, the greater portion consisting of medium grained granite formed almost entirely of quartz and feldspar with diorite in occasional large masses, which sends out dykes into the surrounding granite. In the Mt. Rose and Stockman Junction Lease there is a feldsite dyke, which is also very similar in appearance to those which are so common on Charters Towers . . . “
Source: Excerpt – ‘Goldfields of Queensland’ – published 1899 – pp 17
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