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.
Black Diggers of Logan and Logan Anzacs
These two projects honour the courage and sacrifice made on the battlefields and the homefront during World War I. Discover local stories Black Diggers of Logan and Logan Anzacs on Historypin, and add your own stories. Read or download the Black Diggers of Logan (PDF 4530 KB) and Logan Anzacs banners (PDF 1449 KB). Watch the Black Diggers of Logan short films. These projects were made possible with funding by the Queensland Anzac Centenary Grants Program.
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 its original façade – and also houses the Logan City Historical Museum, a café, craft shop and the Butterbox Theatre.
Local history and heritage
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 generation 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.
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 Thursday to Saturday 10.30am to 4pm. Entry is free and tours are available.
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.
Public art and heritage trails
The City of Logan also has self-guided public art and heritage trails you can follow. Download or print out the first two in a series of five planned trails that take visitors from Logan Village to Beenleigh (PDF 5552 KB) and Greenbank to Veresdale (PDF 5150 KB), or use the new interactive map to plan your visit. 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.