Shailer Park, Queensland


Shailer Park, Queensland

Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Shailer Park
city = Logan City
state = qld


caption =
fedgov = Division of Rankin
stategov = Electoral district of Springwood
lga = Logan City
postcode = 4128
pop = 11,223 (2006 census)
dist1 = 27
location1= Brisbane GPO
near-nw = Daisy Hill
near-n = Mount Cotton
near-ne = Cornubia
near-w = Slacks Creek
near-e = Cornubia
near-sw = Slacks Creek
near-s = Tanah Merah
near-se = Loganholme

Shailer Park is a suburb of Logan City, Queensland, Australia.

It is a popular suburb mainly comprising of middle class residential areas, the citizens of Shailer Park have the conveniences of the wide commercial sector for employment, entertainment and leisure at the neighboring suburb of Loganholme.

History

The suburb is named after Francis and Catherine Shailer who arrived with their children in the area in 1866. Like many farmers in the area they first grew cotton and later sugar. The Shailers were probably best known for their fruit growing and operated the first citrus orchard in southern Queensland, situated in Slacks Creek. The land selected by Francis Shailer was situated to the north of the current Shailer Road. Francis was a teacher at the first and second Slacks Creek Provisional Schools. He was also the first Clerk of the Tingalpa Divisional Board in 1880. The Shailers intermarried with other pioneering families in the district including the Dennis’ who were related to the Markwells.

Francis’ son Alfred later farmed the area now known as Daisy Hill. At that time it was called Oakey Mountain and was owned by his grandfather, James Dennis. Alf’s son Glen Shailer also farmed this property. Glen carried on the family’s tradition of involvement in local government. He was elected to the Albert Shire Council in 1961 and served almost continuously until 1985. He was elected Mayor of Logan City in 1982 and served for one term.

Shailer Park incorporates the housing estate marketed as Kimberley Park from 1973, the name of which has been perpetuated in the local state primary school. Shailer Park Primary and High Schools area also in the area. The Logan Hyperdome is the major shopping centre in the area and it opened August 1989.

Shailer Park was originally named as a district in 1971, then as a sub-district of Slacks Creek in 1977. It was officially named a suburb in 1991.

Logan City has a rich and vibrant history, from the original inhabitants - Aboriginals from two major language groups: the Yugambeh and the Jaggera, to the exploration of the river by Captain Patrick Logan in 1826.

Logan City Council has done much to document the history of Logan City, and also boasts the Logan River Tinnie Trail, a self-guided heritage trail along the Logan, which tells a fascinating history of river life since the early 1800s.

Council also provides services within its libraries to assist residents to discover their own family history and genealogy.

External links

* [http://www.logan.qld.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/70026FF1-AA16-4905-BA95-0E6D88989DC9/0/LoganMap.pdf Logan City Map]

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