Purga History 150 Years Since European Settlement


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Sandra Kirkwood has compiled this presentation about the history of the Purga locality - on the outskirts of Ipswich, Queensland. Please advise if there are other photographs or details that we could include.

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Purga History 150 Years Since European Settlement

  1. 1. Purga History 150 years since European Settlement 1855-2005
  2. 2. Purga settlement
  3. 3. Early Pioneers
  4. 4. Margaret & Martin Ryan, from Ballinlough, Tipperary, Ireland
  5. 5. Ryan Property at Purga
  6. 6. 1855-1880 <ul><li>The first generation of Europeans to settle at Purga built homes and established farming communities, a school, and collaborated in the development of local area representation to government. </li></ul><ul><li>Mid 1850’s Rev Dr William Lambie Nelson (from Scotland) purchased land (first Presbyterian Minister) </li></ul><ul><li>1855 Frederick & Catherine Bauer arrived in Sydney from Hamburg, Germany. They later settled at Purga. </li></ul><ul><li>1862 James Dick & family settled at Purga from Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>1863 Martin & Margaret Ryan left Ireland-Purga settlers </li></ul><ul><li>1871 Purga State School opens </li></ul><ul><li>1879 Purga Divisional Board commenced </li></ul>
  7. 7. Purga School
  8. 8. Farming pioneers – Dick family
  9. 9. Dick Family Diaries of Purga
  10. 10. 1880-1905 <ul><li>In this boom time, there was further local community development and forging of public transport links with other regions. </li></ul><ul><li>21/7/1882 Opening of Fassifern Rail Line – for steam trains. The rail line assisted with postal delivery. </li></ul><ul><li>15/2/1877 Purga Creek Hotel – Warwick Rd (thought to be on Cnr of Boonah Rd & Ellison Rd), license to Robert Ryan. </li></ul><ul><li>1/1/1901 Australia became a Federation under a new Constitution. </li></ul><ul><li>31/3/1903 Purga Shire replaced by Purga Divisional Board. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Family picnic at Purga
  12. 12. Purga State School c. 1892
  13. 13. 1905-1930 <ul><li>People of Purga were influenced by WWI. Members of the community collected donations to build their own church that was shared by various denominations. </li></ul><ul><li>1914-1915 Opening of Purga Aboriginal Reserve – administered by government. Transfer from Deebing Ck. 1914-1918 World War I </li></ul><ul><li>13/10/1916 Ipswich Shire was formed and replaced the former Purga Shire. </li></ul><ul><li>28/7/1917 Moreton Shire (name change from Ipswich Shire). </li></ul><ul><li>1921 Salvation Army ran the Purga Aboriginal Mission. They had the only telephone and assisted postal delivery </li></ul><ul><li>1922 Purga United Church was built through fund raising by locals. Sunday School was run by volunteers. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Fassifern Railway - Purga
  15. 15. Cricket team – Purga School
  16. 16. Purga Rugby League Team
  17. 17. Dick Homestead – Purga dances
  18. 18. Purga Church Sunday School
  19. 19. 1930-1955 <ul><li>World War II and government policy, concerning Indigenous people, had impacts on Purga society. </li></ul><ul><li>1937-1939 Government policy of assimilation and exemption certificates for Indigenous people came into force. </li></ul><ul><li>1939-1945 World War II. </li></ul><ul><li>1940 RAAF Amberley Air Base commenced </li></ul><ul><li>Goolman air strip in operation </li></ul><ul><li>1940 Prisoner of War camp at Yamanto </li></ul><ul><li>1944 Harold Blair auditioned & accepted into Melba Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne. </li></ul><ul><li>1945 Purga Country Women’s Association </li></ul><ul><li>1948 Purga Aboriginal Mission closed. </li></ul>
  20. 20. War service – Augie Band
  21. 21. Goolman airstrip
  22. 22. Purga School Calf Club
  23. 23. Purga School Committee
  24. 24. 1955-1980 <ul><li>There was a downturn in development at Purga. Vital public transport and State School services were closed. Electricity brought some comforts and TV opened up more direct media links to the world. </li></ul><ul><li>1960’s Electricity came to Purga </li></ul><ul><li>1964 Fassifern Rail Line closed. </li></ul><ul><li>1967 Purga State School closed & passed to over to CWA. Continued as centre for community gatherings. </li></ul><ul><li>1969 TV broadcast of first man walk on Moon. </li></ul><ul><li>c.1970s Purga Friends Association was formed. </li></ul>
  25. 25. 1962 Purga State School
  26. 26. 1980-2005 <ul><li>There were major civic developments at Purga for Indigenous and other Australians. In celebration of Australia’s Federation, a community cultural hall was built adjacent to the school, church, and Purga Aboriginal Elders and Descendants site. </li></ul><ul><li>1984-91 Hoffensetz Ironbark Ridge Winery commenced. </li></ul><ul><li>23/4/1988 Aboriginal flag was raised at Purga and the site of the old reserve was returned to the Indigenous people. </li></ul><ul><li>1995 Ipswich City Council (Amalgamation of Ipswich City Council & Moreton Shire) </li></ul><ul><li>1995 Relocation of Purga Church to school site by locals. </li></ul><ul><li>2001 Opening of Purga Community Cultural Centre beside school – Aust. Federation grant to Purga Friends Association, Inc. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Purga Friends Association, Inc.
  28. 28. Purga Aboriginal Elders
  29. 29. Greens Rd Farm – Gary Mullins
  30. 30. Purga Creek Biker’s rally 1990’s
  31. 31. Fire ant eradication
  32. 32. 2005-2030 <ul><li>There are contrasting ideas about the future for Purga: </li></ul><ul><li>Purga is zoned as a rural area and allotments can not be subdivided, so it retains its rural nature and heritage. </li></ul><ul><li>Purga is targeted as a possible location for development in the State Government 2005 South-East Queensland Regional Development Plan. </li></ul><ul><li>What will be the impact of the proposed multi-modal inland port development; direct rail and road networks? </li></ul><ul><li>Will the local people be able to continue as primary producers and enjoy the rural lifestyle, in the face of major industrial development on their doorstep? </li></ul><ul><li>We look forward to actively promoting Purga’s future: </li></ul>
  33. 33. Future: Community music development
  34. 34. Ballroom dancing Chandese Watts from Purga
  35. 35. Musicians & Poets
  36. 36. Purga Aboriginal Elders & Descendants
  37. 37. Purga Music Museum & Harold Blair
  38. 38. Preserving our heritage
  39. 39. Award winning Andalusian stud horses
  40. 40. Preserving environment & water
  41. 41. Ironbark Ridge Winery
  42. 42. Sport & Athetics – Mark Sills
  43. 43. Movie location – Rural vistas
  44. 44. Community Consultation - Future <ul><li>Purga residents wish to be involved in planning and promoting future developments at Purga through: </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops to learn about Purga industries and issues that affect the community. </li></ul><ul><li>Community meetings, social gatherings, and focus groups to exchange ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation and joint planning around future developments. </li></ul>