Queensland Place Histories – Kedron

Kedron is another suburb to be featured on Channel Seven’s Great South East program, with the recently filmed segment to be broadcast during June 2008.

The suburb’s name derives from the name of the watercourse that runs through the area, Kedron Brook.  The name Kedron appears to have first been used by early missionaries who had settled in the Nundah area.  These early missionaries called the creek which traversed their land Kedron Brook, basing the name on a Biblical reference.

Bridge over Kedron Brook, ca. 1925 Bridge over Kedron Brook, ca. 1925.  Image No: 57690

Justice Alfred Lutwyche, Queensland’s first judge was one of the area’s early residents, naming his residence Kedron Lodge, taking the word Kedron from the already named creek.

Kedron Lodge, ca. 1937 Kedron Lodge, ca. 1937.  Image No: 69664

The official usage of the name appears to have been started by local shopkeeper and postman, John King who adopted the name Kedron for the locality in the early 1890s.

Early settlers and residents in the area have included:

  • Missionaries who settled in the Nundah area in 1838.  The missionaries were granted approximately five hundred acres of land along Kedron Brook.
  • Alexander Barron and family (1856)
  • Judge Alfred Lutwyche purchased 50 acres and built his residence, naming it Kedron Lodge (1862)
  • Henry Craig who settled on land now occupied by Lutwyche Cemetery (1864/5)
  • Paul Maggs and family (1860s)
  • William Shaw and family (1865).  The family’s residence,  Shaw’s Villa, overlooked Kedron Brook
  • Gallagher family
  • Scriven family
  • Robinson family

Some significant industries and businesses that have operated in Kedron include:

  • Edinburgh Castle Hotel built by George Orr (1868).  The hotel was originally situated on the opposite side of Edinburgh Castle Road.

Edinburgh Castle Hotel, ca. 1929 Edinburgh Castle Hotel, ca. 1929. Image No: 1866

  • Kedron Tannery (1887 – Michael Gallagher).  This tannery was very successful and  became known Australia wide for the quality of its products.
  • Edinburgh Tannery – (1889 – Paul Maggs).  This tannery was situated alongside Kedron Creek at the end of Nundah Street

Gallagher’s Tannery, 1902 Gallagher’s Tannery, 1902.  Image No: 6530

  • John and Abigail King’s general store (1891) on the present site of the Commonwealth Bank (Gympie Road)
  • Peter Smith’s newsagency (1892)
  • James Barron, blacksmith on the corner of Gympie and Stafford Roads
  • Jack Taylor’s “Shoeing, General Smith, Coachbuilders, Motor Body Builders and Painting”
  • Hart and Neilan, blacksmiths
  • Claude Barron, blacksmith
  • Jack Landers screened films at the Kedron Park Raceway
  • Wintergarden Theatre (1923)

Some sites of interest in the area include:

  • Lutwyche Cemetery, on land originally owned by Henry Craig.  The cemetery dates from 1878 and was originally known as Kedron Brook Cemetery.  The name of the cemetery was later changed to Lutwyche Cemetery to commemorate Judge Lutwyche.
  • Kedron Park Racecource, once situated adjacent to the Kedron Park Hotel.

Kedron Park Racecourse, 1922 Kedron Park Racecourse, 1922.  Image No: 6813-0001-0001

Significant dates in the history and development of Kedron:

1866 – 30 Nov. – Church of England (St. Andrew’s) established.
1886 – The enactment of anti-pollution regulations began to counteract various noxious industries that had been established in the area.
1904 – Part of Kedron, with Lutwyche and Wooloowin incorporated into the Town of Windsor.
1913 – Presbyterian Church established, commencing with a Sunday School but gaining full church status in 1945.
1923 – Catholic Church established in the area.
1925 – Methodist Church established with the first services held in the Wintergarden Theatre.
1926 – 2 Oct. – Kedron State School (staff – James Lennon – headmaster, Florence Hawkins, Ruth Pilkington, Roy Bayliss and Marcella Fitzgerald).
1930 – 29 Jan. – St Anthony’s established.
1934 – Kedron Bowls Club established.
1955 – Kedron Park resumed for educational building purposes – Kedron Park Teachers College, then Queensland University of Technology and now the site of Queensland Emergency Services.
1956 – Padua College established.
1956 – Mount Alvernia established.
1956 – Kedron State High School established.

Find more photographs of Kedron in the State Library’s collection.