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Two of the early settlers in Buccan were James Williamson and his brother-in-law Mr A Fraser.
Williamson arrived in Moreton Bay in 1863. He went timber getting in the Richmond River district before selecting 93 acres of land with his brother-in-law on the Logan River, south of Bethania. He built a house called View Hill and grew cotton. He soon abandoned cotton growing when bollworm attacked his crop.
Sugar cane, and later dairying, were more successful. Dairy Creek and Dairy Creek Road bear witness to the dairy farms established from the 19th century.
Williamson was the first chairman of the Divisional Board and was a member of the Waterford school committee for many years. He was a Justice of the Peace and, after many years of service, was made life member of the Beenleigh Agricultural and Pastoral Association in 1915. His property was located near Malling Street.
The Bethania to Beaudesert railway, which opened in 1885, cuts through the middle of Buccan but is now disused. There was a railway station at Buccan located south of the Stegemann Road and Waterford-Tamborine Road intersection. It had its own station mistress until 1929.
There was a coal mine on Hein Road from the late-19th to the early-20th century. There was also a sawmill near Ooah Creek, which was previously known as Log Creek.
Buccan remained rural until acreage plots were put up for sale in the 1970s. Even today, Buccan retains its ‘country’ feel. It has only been in the past few years that housing developments have made their mark on the landscape, particularly in the southern areas. Buccan was formerly in Beaudesert Shire and became part of Logan City in 2008.