Mandarana Church and Cemetery

Mackay Genie Gossip No 83 Note: The name on the sign near the cemetery just off the Bruce Highway, before reaching The Leap, is spelt as Mandurana, however, the correct spelling, from its earliest days, is Mandarana. On 01 January … Continue reading

The mystery of Kelvin Grove

Most people will be familiar with the suburb of Kelvin Grove in Brisbane.  However, several people have found that some early birth and marriage certificates in the Mackay district have this place name recorded on them. Joyce Jensen solved the mystery when she read The Historical Review of Koumala and District in the Mackay City Library.  This book shows that Kelvin Grove was an early pastoral run and also the first name of the Koumala district and Koumala township.  The Post Office changed to the new name of Koumala about 1885. However, the use of the name Kelvin Grove continued in common usage for many years, being used in 1896 in the application for a railway and in 1899 in the application for a school.

Homebush – glimpses of the past

Homebush was once a large and thriving community in the environs of Mackay. The Queensland Post Office Directory for 1893 describes Homebush as an “agricultural township, situated 15 miles SW of Mackay and 8 miles from the Eton railway station. … Continue reading