The City of Logan has a fascinating history, beginning with the Turrbal, Yagara, Yugambeh, and Yugara/Yugarapul Aboriginal peoples, arrival of Europeans and early colonial life, development of farming communities, post-World War II heritage, and more recent waves of immigration. This has shaped Logan as a culturally and socially diverse community with a rich past.
Find out about Logan's unique history by visiting the Local Studies Collection at Logan Central Library, which contains a wealth of information. You can access books, newspapers, files, photos and much more. Take advantage of public programs and learn about local and family history.
The City of Logan also has a wealth of heritage: houses, churches, cemeteries, bridges, and stories that have been handed down from generations to generation. The City of Logan has 12 sites registered on the Queensland Heritage Register, including Mayes Cottage, St John’s Church at Mundoolun with its Early English Gothic Revival Church architecture and the lovely St Mark’s Anglican Church at Daisy Hill, both dating back to 1901.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Explore Nyeumba Meta at Logan Central Library and find out about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, culture and heritage through the Nyeumba Meta Collection, yarning space and programs.
Kingston Butter Factory
Only a few minutes’ drive away is the Kingston Butter Factory. Once a thriving butter factory (built in 1932), the centre is now a community hub but retains is original façade – and also houses the Logan City Historical Museum, a café, craft shop and the Butterbox Theatre.
Local history and heritage
Beenleigh Historical Village and Museum has more than 20 buildings of historical significance – including the region’s first church, school, boot-maker’s shop and post office – and a rich collection of memorabilia. The homes are set up as house museums with old furniture and equipment on display.
Logan Village Museum and Local History Centre is a great place to find out about the history of Logan Village and its environs.
The City of Logan's best-known house museum – and one of the city's oldest buildings – is Mayes Cottage at Kingston. The Mayes family played a significant role in local history, building this cottage in 1887. The property is nestled on a hill in Kingston, with lush gardens and a surprisingly tranquil atmosphere. It’s open every Thursday and Friday 10.30am to 4pm. Entry is free and tours are available.
Public art and heritage trail
The City of Logan also has self-guided heritage trails you can follow. The Public art and heritage trail: Logan Village to Beenleigh (PDF 5552 KB) and drive from one of Logan’s heritage ‘hot spots’ to another, via the picturesque Tygum Lagoon at Watervale. The Logan River Tinnie Trail is a great way to explore history on the water, as some of the most significant sites and landmarks are along the Logan River – the lifeblood of early communities.
Indigenous history and heritage is very important to the Logan community. At the Yugambeh Museum Language and Heritage Research Centre at Beenleigh, you can explore the history, language and culture of the area’s original inhabitants. Yugambeh Museum is open to the public on Wednesdays 10am to 2pm and by appointment.