Sunday History Photo / Qld

Submitted: Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 05:34
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Yandina is a Sunshine Coast hinterland town just off the Bruce Highway.
Aboriginal people have lived in the Yandina district for over 40,000 years. They belonged to the Gubbi Gubbi language group which consisted of a number of tribes occupying traditional resource areas. Around Yandina the Undandi tribal area was east of the present day railway line while the Nalbo area was west of the line. Legends, bora rings, pathways, grinding grooves, scarred trees and middens provide evidence of occupancy.
European settlement began in the 1850s and the town of Yandina was surveyed in 1870. It was the first town in the Maroochy district. Many of the original buildings and the heritage streetscape of Stevens Street have been preserved. The Anglican church, built initially as a community church and opened in 1880, is the oldest on the Sunshine Coast.

The Yandina hotel dates back to 1889 and was relocated using rollers and a bullock team in 1891 when the railway came through town. In the same year, the post office was moved to the new railway station. Privately owned Koongalba homestead is on the National Heritage List and is one of several historic homes in town. Yandina was originally planned to be the centre of the shire but as the local sugar mill was built in Nambour, more and more people who worked there moved closer.
The early timber getters logged beech, cedar, bunya pine and flooded gum. The timber industry remained important until the 1970s when a shortage of timber forced the closure on the Yandina mill. The fertile land around Yandina has been used for beef and dairy cattle, fruit growing, sugar cane and ginger. Its current claim to fame is in being a ginger town. It is the home to the Buderim Ginger Factory.
Not long before World War 1, some pieces of raw ginger found their way to Buderim, which was then a small farming area about 100 km North of Brisbane, where the comparatively high rainfall and humidity combined to produce conditions which were ideal for growing this unusual crop.
The interruption to the supply of ginger from China, caused by World War 2, provided the opportunity for growers in the Buderim area to expand their sales. As a result of this, five Buderim farmers met together in an old blacksmith's shop and formed The Buderim Ginger Grower's Co-operative Association Limited. Between them they had capital of 25 pounds, two wooden vats and 14 tons of green ginger.

In 1979, an area of nearly nine hectares was leased from the Department of Commercial & Industrial Development. The first stage of a new factory complex was commenced, opening in time to help in processing the 1980 Early Harvest. The establishment of the Tourist and Administrative Complex in Yandina during 1985 completed the industry's relocation program and in 1989, Buderim Ginger Limited was listed on the stock exchange.
Throughout the 1990s, Buderim Ginger became globally recognised for producing the world's finest ginger. This has been achieved by investing in production facilities and meeting the needs of customers in overseas markets, from the UK to the USA and from Japan to New Zealand. Buderim Ginger exports to over 17 countries
Over the last decade and more recently Buderim Ginger has expanded its business, become the world's leading processor and marketer of macadamias with both Australian and Hawaiian Macadamia growing and processing commencing. In 2005, Buderim Ginger also became the owner of Buderim Baking Company which produces a range of savoury pastry products that are distributed to prominent national customers in the Australian retail market. The Ginger Factory maintains its position as one of the region's most popular tourist attractions with the launch of the Taste of Ginger Tour and the opening of the Heritage Centre.

The Yandina district has a population of around 9,500 people. Yandina Station on the Nambour and Gympie North Line has passenger train services to Brisbane. The town was bypassed by the Bruce Highway in July 1997.

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Reply By: Member - daz (SA) - Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 08:53

Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 08:53
Another good read Doug. Love my Sunday history lesson.. Daz
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Follow Up By: kevmac....(WA) - Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 11:08

Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 11:08
...ditto here
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Reply By: Member -Hilton Hillbillies - Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 11:28

Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 11:28
Thanks Doug,

Another great read.
With your help, we learn more about this wonderful country.
This leads to a greater appreciation for the places we visit.

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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 11:32

Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 11:32
Thanks Doug

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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 15:38

Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 15:38
Thanks for the info Doug, have gone into their website to view their products, they certainly look worth a try..... Enjoyed your Sunday history lesson yet again....



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Reply By: Member - Ian and Cheryl (QLD) - Monday, Oct 07, 2013 at 15:33

Monday, Oct 07, 2013 at 15:33
Excellent Doug...
There is also the Spirit House Restaurant - they grow much of their herbs etc and conduct Thai cooking classes. Their web site tells all.. Usually need to book but worth the effort
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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Monday, Oct 07, 2013 at 17:01

Monday, Oct 07, 2013 at 17:01
Yandina Pub has a great cellar with an extensive wine selection, also a wine club if you live in the area, the restaurant is also outstanding. We try to stop off there for lunch or tea it travelling to Brissy.

Yandina has also progressed (or regressed) with the new addition of an IGA Supermarket and shopping centre.

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