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Stapylton history

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Click to enlarge Stapylton Railway Station, April 1924. Photographer unknown.

Stapylton Railway Station, April 1924.
Photographer unknown.

Looking towards Yellowwood Mountain (Mt Stapylton), circa 1918. Photographer unknown.

Looking towards Yellowwood Mountain
(Mt Stapylton), circa 1918.
Photographer unknown.

Mt Stapylton

A prominent mountain, situated near the Albert River and located immediately south east of Beenleigh, was named after surveyor Granville Chatynd Stapylton.

Granville Stapylton was assisting Robert Dixon with the survey of the Moreton Bay area.

Stapylton was killed by local aborigines whilst surveying at Mt Lindsay near the headwaters of the Logan River in 1840.

Mt Stapylton (known locally as Yellowwood Mountain) was marked on Dixon's 1840 survey map in honour of Granville Stapylton.

Yellowwood Mountain

The mountain has patches of dry rainforest common once in the Albert and Logan river valleys.

Its local name is derived from Yellowwood (Flindersia xanthoxyla), a coastal rainforest timber native to South East Queensland and northern New South Wales.

The cabinet timber was used in many government buildings including the Queensland Legislative Council Chamber.

Yellowwood was also the name of a sugar plantation situated on the slopes of the mountain.

In the mid 20th century, the surrounding district of Stapylton boasted a railway station and a state school but these facilities are now closed.

The area today is a mix of light industrial, acreage and farming properties.

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

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