Lamington National Park – History in Pictures

Lamington National Park was established on 31 July in 1915. Lying on the Lamington Plateau of the McPherson Range, the park covers roughly 51,000 acres of rugged mountains and spectacular waterfalls, and is home to an abundance of flora and fauna.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of National Park status for this area, we’ve compiled a gallery of images. Some of the photographs featured below were taken by Romeo Watkins Lahey (1887-1968) an engineer, timber merchant and national parks advocate. Lahey’s lantern slides and glass plate negatives (now part of State Library’s collection) were used in his campaign for the preservation of the area. In pursuit of this goal, Romeo Lahey went around the district, lecturing and obtaining signatures which successfully influenced the Queensland Government to act for the park’s creation. Also included in this gallery are images from a c.1925 tourism booklet called The national park of Queensland : comprising Lamington and Roberts Plateaux (South Queensland). This booklet has been digitised and can be view in its entirety on our One Search catalogue.

Splendid high waterfall in Lamington National Park. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg APU-015-0001-0018

Waterfall in Lamington National Park. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg APU-015-0001-0018

National Park from Lamington Plateau. Published in "Views of National Park", 19-?. John Oxley Library, SLQ

National Park from Lamington Plateau. Published in “Views of National Park”, 19-?. John Oxley Library, SLQ

Lamington National Park, c.1910. From the Romeo Watkins Lahey Glass Slides collection. John Oxley Library, SLQ

Lamington National Park, c.1910. From the Romeo Watkins Lahey Glass Slides collection. John Oxley Library, SLQ

Lamington National Park, c.1910. From the Romeo Watkins Lahey Glass Slides collection. John Oxley Library, SLQ

Lamington National Park, c.1910. From the Romeo Watkins Lahey Glass Slides collection. John Oxley Library, SLQ

Lamington National Park. From the Romeo Watkins Lahey Glass Slides collection. John Oxley Library, SLQ

Lamington National Park, c.1910. From the Romeo Watkins Lahey Glass Slides collection. John Oxley Library, SLQ

Lamington National Park, c.1910. From the Romeo Watkins Lahey Glass Slides collection. John Oxley Library, SLQ

Lamington National Park, c.1910. From the Romeo Watkins Lahey Glass Slides collection. John Oxley Library, SLQ

Lamington National Park. From the Romeo Watkins Lahey Glass Slides collection. John Oxley Library, SLQ

Lamington National Park, c.1910. From the Romeo Watkins Lahey Glass Slides collection. John Oxley Library, SLQ

The Beauties of Lamington Plateau - Queensland's National Park. Published in The Queenslander, 4 November 1916. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 702692-19161104-0024

The Beauties of Lamington Plateau – Queensland’s National Park. Published in The Queenslander, 4 November 1916. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 702692-19161104-0024

The Beauties of Lamington Plateau - Queensland's National Park. Published in The Queenslander, 4 November 1916. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 702692-19161104-0024

The Beauties of Lamington Plateau – Queensland’s National Park. Published in The Queenslander, 4 November 1916. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 702692-19161104-0024

Widgee Mountain and Roberts' Plateau from Mount Buchanan. Published in "The national park of Queensland : comprising Lamington and Roberts Plateaux (South Queensland)", c.1925. John Oxley Library, SLQ

Widgee Mountain and Roberts’ Plateau from Mount Buchanan. Published in “The national park of Queensland : comprising Lamington and Roberts Plateaux (South Queensland)”, c.1925. John Oxley Library, SLQ

Lamington Bluff. Published in "The national park of Queensland : comprising Lamington and Roberts Plateaux (South Queensland)", c.1925. John Oxley Library, SLQ

Lamington Bluff. Published in “The national park of Queensland : comprising Lamington and Roberts Plateaux (South Queensland)”, c.1925. John Oxley Library, SLQ

View of Hunter's Lookout from below the Range, Upper Albert River. Published in "The national park of Queensland : comprising Lamington and Roberts Plateaux (South Queensland)", c.1925. John Oxley Library, SLQ

View of Hunter’s Lookout from below the Range, Upper Albert River. Published in “The national park of Queensland : comprising Lamington and Roberts Plateaux (South Queensland)”, c.1925. John Oxley Library, SLQ

Bushwalkers take a break at Lamington National Park ca. 1935. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 79944

Bushwalkers take a break at Lamington National Park ca. 1935. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 79944

O'Reillys Rainforest Guesthouse in Lamington National Park 1950. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 74932

O’Reillys Rainforest Guesthouse in Lamington National Park 1950. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 74932

Myles Sinnamon – Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland