History

Forest Lake History – Part 12

Corin Mackay and Jamie Furness January 26, 2024 6 min read

From “Before Forest Lake” by Vicki Mynott Forest Lake beginnings Milestones: 1988 -The Archerfield property and the “Woodlands” vision were bought by developers  1989 – The name “Forest Lake” first appeared in a concept plan 1990 – Work on infrastructure for Forest Lake was in progress 1991 – The Forest Lake project was officially opened…

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DID YOU KNOW?

The Lake News December 3, 2023 1 min read

The Codex Gigas is the largest existing medieval manuscript in the world. It can be found in Washington State University, and was donated by collector Robert Shields (1918 – 2007).  The Codex  is 92cm (36in) tall by 51cm (20in) wide, 23cm (9in) thick and weighs approximately 75kg; 160 donkey hides were required to make its…

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Forest Lake History – Part 11 – Development of Forest Lake

Corin Mackay September 23, 2023 9 min read

From “Before Forest Lake” by Vicki Mynott Adapted for print by Jamie Furness Homestead Park in the north of Forest Lake is the site of the earliest settlement in the suburb, and was home to Archerfield House. The Archerfield Estate included all of Forest Lake and much more. For the full history of the area,…

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The Long Journey Home

Corin Mackay August 1, 2023 4 min read

By Mal Lynch and Jill Nason, Forest Lake RSL  Proudly displayed on the wall of the anteroom of the Forest Lake RSL Club is an artwork titled “The Long Journey Home.” The piece depicts a crippled Lancaster bomber returning from a mission over Europe in the early dawn during WWII. It was presented to the…

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History of The Lake News: TLN turns 30

The Lake News July 3, 2023 8 min read

By Daniel Bouwmeester & Jamie Furness The month of July 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of The Lake News – a testament to the paper’s longevity and its valued place in our community. The Lake News was founded by print shop owner Chris Wren, one of the original Forest Lake residents. Chris built The Lake…

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Tribute for former Forest Lake resident and WWII veteran Pat Curtis

Jamie Furness June 29, 2023 3 min read

Former Forest Lake resident and WWII veteran Patrick (Pat) Curtis passed away in April this year at the age of 98. Pat was a resident of Logan West before moving to Forest Lake in the 1960’s, where he spent the last few decades living with his wife Jan. MILITARY SERVICE: Pat Curtis served in the…

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Forest Lake History Part 8 – World War II

The Lake News June 28, 2023 5 min read

From Before Forest Lake by Vicki Mynott, adapted for print by Jamie Furness Homestead Park in the north of Forest Lake is the site of the earliest settlement in the suburb, and was home to Archerfield House. The Archerfield Estate included all of Forest Lake and much more.   Brief history of Archerfield Estate: 1882 –…

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Forest Lake History Part 7 – Tobacco Farming in Forest Lake

The Lake News June 27, 2023 4 min read

The Rise and Fall of the Tobacco Industry in Forest Lake (Archerfield Station) Background information: Homestead Park in the north of Forest Lake is the site of the earliest settlement in the suburb, and home to Archerfield House. The property included all of Forest Lake and much more.  It was purchased by the Durack family…

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Patrick Perkins – Forest Lake History Part 6

Jamie Furness March 16, 2023 3 min read

Homestead Park in the north of Forest Lake is the site of the earliest settlement in the suburb, and home to Archerfield House; the property included all of Forest Lake and much more.  It was purchased by the Durack family in June 1882 and mined for coal by the Queensland Land and Coal company, however…

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Forest Lake History Part 5 – The Queensland Land and Coal Company

Jamie Furness March 15, 2023 3 min read

The 1880’s were a boom time for coal exploration in Queensland – coal became the primary source of energy and expanding railways provided a growing market. The Queensland Land and Coal Company, established in 1881 was one of a number of companies formed to search for coal at that time. Historically located at Homestead Park…

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