Cedar Grove

Location

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History

Cedar Grove and Cedar Vale are in the same region to the south of Jimboomba. When the Beaudesert Railway was built in 1888, the station in the area was known as Cedar Pocket.

Much of the land to the west of Cedar Pocket was originally selected by the Markwell family, some of which was later purchased by William Geddes. During the 1887 flood, Geddes lost 20 brood mares with foals, as well as one house with fencing.

In 1872, Geddes’ daughter Susanna married William Henry Couldrey. Couldrey purchased the Ageston sugar plantation on the Logan River in 1868. He was already the owner of the Phoenix and Smithfield mines in Gympie and an active member of the Gympie Community. He employed a manager for Ageston and continued his interests in Gympie. He was the first Chairman of the Gympie Divisional Board.

In mid-1891, Couldrey moved to the Geddes property at Cedar Pocket and began to build a cheese factory. By December 1892, the factory was in full swing with 20 farmers supplying its milk. The factory was located at the intersection of Couldrey Court and Cedar Grove Road.

In later years, the factory was operated by Reg Couldrey, son of William and Susanna Couldrey. In 1915, the land was divided into 30 blocks and auctioned.

In 1979, the Big Country estate to the west of the old Cedar Pocket station was subdivided into 4–5 hectare rural residential lots. Prices ranged from $9,900 to $15,690.

 

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