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Kingsholme history

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Click to enlarge Muriel Murtha feeding calves at Kingsholme, circa 1920s. Photographer unknown.

Muriel Murtha feeding calves at Kingsholme,
circa 1920s. Photographer unknown.

James Murtha selected land near the Pimpama River in 1869.

He was originally from County Cork in Ireland and named his property in Queensland, Kingsholme.

In later years the property passed into the hands of a well known Queensland National Party figure, Sir Charles Holm.

The suburb of Kingsholme, now includes much of the area that was formerly known as Upper Ormeau.

A pioneering family of the area was Alexander Thomson, who emigrated from Scotland, arriving in Australia in 1889 and the family name is connected to Thomson's Road, Kingsholme.

In the early days, families grew bananas on the slopes of the Darlington Range, sugar cane and arrowroot along the river flats, with dairying and saw-milling often providing a boost to farm income.

Today, many former farms have been sub divided. A new wave of settlers have made their home here on acreage blocks in a location which is situated halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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

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