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Gold Coast History & Heritage

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Austinville History

Cleared slopes prepared for banana cultivation, Austinville, 1934

Cleared slopes prepared for banana cultivation,
Austinville, 1934

The road into the Austinville Valley, circa 1935

The road into the Austinville Valley, circa 1935

Austinville settlement is a district near Mudgeeraba. It was established by the Queensland Government in 1934 in an effort to resettle unemployed people on the land.

In the 1930s, following the worst years of the Great Depression, there were a number of schemes to relieve unemployment, particularly for the unemployed living in Brisbane.

Austinville was named after the Minister for Labour, W. Austin who was responsible for a number of these Banana Settlement schemes in Queensland.

Land was cleared and subdivided into blocks; a school was constructed and 50 or so small homes were built. These buildings lined the gravel track into Austinville Valley. Behind the homes, along the valley floor, flowed Mudgeeraba Creek.

The western side of the settlement was bordered by the Nimmel Range, an extremely rugged terrain, thick with heavy timber and vine scrub.

The settlement was short lived. By 1939, after the worst effects of the Depression were past, most of the families had left Austinville.

Today, little remains of the settlement and the few avocado and remaining dairy farms operating in the valley are dwarfed by the surrounding State Forest.