Buderim Timeline 1854-2001

1854 Richard Jones, searching for timber stands possibly in Buderim area.

1862 Tom Petrie, first white man on Buderim, reports on good timber.

1863 Timber cutting underway on Buderim.

1869 Surveyor William Fryar surveys Buderim, William Guy included in party.

1869 Joseph Dixon selects first block on Buderim. Guy follows one week later.

1870 More settlers select blocks including Grigor, Caton, Cogill, Ballinger.

1872 Brisbane Courier reports ‘10 or 12 settlers….hard at work’ on Buderim.

1874 First sugar crop planted.

1875 Buderim Provisional School opened on Panorama Crescent with 18 pupils.

1876 Dixon/Fielding sugar mill established.

1880 Second sugar mill (Campbell’s) built on site of present post office.

1880 First Islander labour introduced.

1882 Pioneer Cottage built by J.K. Burnett.

1883 James Lindsay grows first commercial crop of bananas on Buderim.

1887 Buderim Mountain State School opened on site of present school.

1888 School of Arts officially opened.

1888 Campbell’s sugar mill closes.

1888 Coffee planted by Gustav Riebe.

1889 J.K. Burnett opens Buderim’s first store on corner Ballinger and Main Streets.

1891 Railway reaches Yandina, goods from Buderim go to Woombye.

1896 Dixon/Fielding sugar mill closes.

1902 Abolition of Islander labour.

1907 Methodist Church built.

1914 Palmwoods – Buderim tram line completed

1914 Ernest Middleton opens his first store on Main Street.

1914 Birdwood Guest House opens.

1917 St Marks Church of England built.

1923 Mooloolaba Surf Lifesaving Club started by Buderim residents.

1924 New School of Arts opened.

1931 Buderim’s first golf course opens, straddling Gloucester Road.

1934 Duke of Gloucester visit.

1935 Palmwoods – Buderim tram ceases operation.

1940 Electricity reaches Buderim.

1941 First ginger factory opens in Main St, moves to present Woolworths site 1942.

1945 Buderim War Memorial Community Centre opens.

1948 School sports oval and tennis courts development finalised by BWMCC.

1948 Underwood’s Factory established.

1951 First bitumen on Buderim from Crosby Hill to Gloucester Road.

1963 Committee formed to manage the Foote Sanctuary.

1965 Sybil Vise gives J.K. Burnet’s old historic house to Buderim community.

1966 Buderim Historical Society formed.

1967 Pioneer Cottage officially opened.

1967 War Memorial Hall extensively renovated and extended.

1968 Reticulated water supply to Buderim.

1979 New ginger factory opens at Yandina.

1985 Buderim Ginger Factory finally closes.

1985 Buderim Tavern opens.

1985 ‘The Hub’ development opens corner Ballinger Rd and Burnett St.

1989 Renovations to War Memorial Hall including brick extension.

1991 Swimming pool opened.

1999 Old Post Office becomes a community centre. Post Office moved to new site in 1995.

1998 New roundabout at Lindsay Rd/Main St, end of croquet lawn.

2001 Buderim Marketplace and Woolworths built.