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Belivah was the name of Peter McLean’s property. He settled on Oxley Creek in 1865 and relocated to Belivah on the Albert River in 1867. He became a pastor for the Congregational Church, which started in the Albert Ferry House near Bannockburn, run by James Carter. Peter McLean set aside one acre of his land for a church at Belivah. The church building was 32 feet by 16 feet. Its first church service was held on Sunday 10 November 1872.

To raise funds for the church, a tea meeting was held on Friday 8 November 1872, with lectures from Reverend E Griffith, S Savage, J Hausmann, and Henry Jordan. Peter McLean was agent of the Congregational Church until he returned to Brisbane in 1883.

Peter McLean was elected as Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Logan Electorate in 1878 and remained the local member until 1883. He held the position of Secretary for Public Lands for a short time in 1879. The church suffered without his input and soon closed.

Other local settlers included Robert and Thomas Learmonth, who owned land near Belivah from around 1876. Another early settler was Richard Gannon, a timber getter, who settled near Belivah around 1874. Gannon's Creek is named after him. Timber getter George Bowser took up land around 1869 and also had land in the Cedar Creek area. The Wesleyan Church was built on Bowser’s Cedar Creek property in 1871, and it is unclear whether he lived at Cedar Creek or near Belivah.

The first stages of the suburb’s residential development began in 1991, with Stubbin Street, Leah Drive, Osborne Court and Lawler Court. Over the next five years, Stubbin Street was extended with Manderson Court. This development also included the addition of the first stage of Brosnahan Court. After 2011, both Stubbin Street and Brosnahan Court were extended.