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Gilston history

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Click to enlarge Arbor Day, Gilston State School, 30 July, 1926. Photographer unknown.

Arbor Day, Gilston State School,
30 July 1926. Photographer unknown.

Bullock team crossing the Nerang River at Latimers Crossing, Gilston, circa 1920s.Photographer unknown.

Bullock team crossing the Nerang River at
Latimers Crossing, Gilston, circa 1920s.
Photographer unknown.

  1. Known by the aboriginal name of Boieeboiee, meaning broad-leafed apple tree. 

    The area was also known as Winwin, meaning white oak. Gilston scrub was known by the aboriginal word of Karrabin, meaning red Currabin tree, and Poibo, meaning apple tree, was the area in the vicinity of Latimer's Crossing on the Nerang River.
  2.  (Steele, J.G., Aboriginal Pathways in Southeast Queensland and the Richmond River, p.63) 

  3. The name Gilston was given by a Mr Bryant who kept a small store and named the district after a place of that name in England (City of Gold Coast Local Studies Library files).

Gilston is a district in the heart of the Gold Coast Hinterland. 

Settlement generally began with government legislation opening up the land for selection or settlement here in the 1860s.

Dairying and timber were traditionally the mainstay of the local economy. The community's social events focused around the School of Arts and the State school.

Looking back, the unity of the early communities came from their commitment to improve local facilities, their kinship and economic ties. Typically their work began with the building of churches, community halls and schools.

Today's community has a much broader network of social and work contacts.

Information and images provided by the City of Gold Coast Local Studies Collection.

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