Centenary of the Ubobo Soldier Settlement

Unfortunately we have had to postpone the centenary celabrations

2020 marks the Centenary of the Ubobo Soldier Settlement,  which saw returned WWI soldiers allotted farm blocks around Wietalaba, Nagoorin, Ubobo & Littlemore.  The old pastoral holding of ‘Ubobo’ was chosen as the centre of the proposed settlement due to its close proximity to the Boyne Valley railway line. Hence, the birth of the township of Ubobo.

To celebrate these important events the Boyne Valley Historical Society Inc has planned an ANZAC DAY weekend of celebration, 25th-26th APRIL 2020 to recognise these settlers and the legacy they left for successive generations.

A program of events is available for download here

There will be many displays detailing various aspects of the Soldier Settlement Scheme, but the most important ones will be those of each individual settler family. We are inviting settler descendants to send us their stories, photos etc for inclusion in these displays.

There is scant recorded information available about the Ubobo Soldier Settlement and the associated families so we hope this unique event will rectify this state of affairs.

MAKING CONTACT

We need this information for name tags and catering purposes.

Email: bvsoldiersettlers@gmail.com

If you are a descendant of a Soldier Settler and you are intending to attend the celebration, then please email us the following information: –

  • Your name
  • Name of your soldier settler ancestor
  • Names of other family members who will be accompanying you

If you are a past/present resident of Ubobo and you are intending to attend the celebration, then please email us the following information: –

  • Your name – maiden name as well
  • Approx. years of residency i.e. 1956-1959
  • Names of other family members who will be accompanying you.

INTERESTED OTHER/GENERAL ENQUIRIES

You don’t have to be a descendant to attend, everyone is welcome. If you are an ‘interested other’ please use the words “INTERESTED OTHER” in the “Subject” field of your email.

This page will be updated regularly so check back every few weeks.

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A brief history of Ubobo Soldier Settlement

original soldier settler house Ubobo Boyne Valley
Original Soldier Settler House, Hectstanvale, Ubobo. The image at the top of page is the view across the Boyne River from the front of this house. (Photo: M McLachlan)

Murray Johnson wrote in the abstract to his 2002 thesis

“Soldier settlement in Queensland served a dual purpose. Not only was it intended as a ‘reward’ for veterans of the horrific global holocaust of 1914-18, the scheme also became an instrument to spearhead the social and agricultural policy being implemented by the newly-elected Labor government.

As all forms of repatriation were a Commonwealth prerogative, and therefore entitled to Commonwealth funding, soldier settlement offered a relatively inexpensive means for determining which regions of the State were agriculturally viable, and the minimum area of land necessary for it to be sustainable.

While glorious optimism abounded, the rural potential of Queensland was largely undetermined. Soldier settlement ultimately disclosed not only the agricultural limitations, but also the associated problems – particularly marketing deficiencies – which existed at the time.”

Ubobo Soldier Settlement

The soldier settlement in the Boyne Valley was called the Ubobo Soldier Settlement, because the old pastoral holding of ‘Ubobo’ was chosen as the centre of the proposed settlement due to its close proximity to the Boyne Valley railway line.

This choice led to the development of the township of Ubobo. The soldiers were allotted blocks from Wietalaba to Littlemore, on both sides of the railway line.

Brisbane Courier of December 1922

The Brisbane Courier of December 1922, cited J. N. MURRAY, Authorised Surveyor, Nagoorin – “In 1919 an area of about 10,000 acres in the Boyne Valley now known as the Ubobo Soldier Settlement was resumed and subdivided.”

The original 54 blocks ranged in size from about 80 acres to 200 acres and were situated on the western side of the Boyne River. Eight later blocks, on the other side of the river, ranged in area from around 500 acres to 1200 acres.

As Murray Johnson wrote, these larger blocks were “a clear recognition that the original allocations were insufficient in area. Yet the earlier settlers were forced to continue on holdings that could not be considered viable dairy propositions; hence their entry into mixed farming.”

Many hardships were endured and by June 1924 only 45 settlers remained in the Boyne Valley. But …
If you would like to know the rest of the story, then join us at Ubobo on the week-end of 25-27 April 2020.

Sources: HONOUR DENIED: A STUDY OF SOLDIER SETTLEMENT IN QUEENSLAND, 1916-1929
by Murray David Johnson, BA Hons.,
(The thesis was submitted in the Department of History, UQ, in fulfilment of the requirements of the
degree of Doctor of Doctor of Philosophy, January 2002.) www.trove.nla.gov.au

Soldier Settlers/Possible Soldier Settlers.

This is the list we have gathered from various sources. If your ancestor was a Soldier Settler and they aren’t on the list, let us know. If you know that a name on the list wasn’t a Soldier Settler, let us know also (use contact form) . Some only stayed a short time and their block was taken up by another Soldier Settler.

ALLEN  
John Thomas
ASHBY   
Arthur Patrick                 
BELL  
John Robert                    
BINNS
William Robert
BRADNOCK
William Thomas
BULL
Stanley Charles
CASSON
Frank
CHIVERTON
Ernest
CLARK
Thomas James
COLE
Richard John
COOKE
Alfred James
COSTER
David Walter
DAVIES
Robert Sydney
DAVIS
Albert Edward
DONNELLY
James
DOVER 
Percy
DUNNETT
Albert
ELLIS
Robert Malcolm
FLETCHER
Joseph
FOLEY
Alfred James
FOX
Hugh
GRAY
Norman Victor
GRIDLEY
Raymond
HALE
Spencer Leslie
HALE
Harry Norman
HAYWARD
Joseph Henry
HUNT
George Harry
JACOBSEN
John Martin
JOHNS
William Vernon
KAY-SEWELL
Victor Murray
KELLY
Charles Thomas
KIMMANCE
Arthur
LOW
Richard Henry
LUCAS
Herbert Hector
MARXSEN
Archibald Ardolph
MACPHERSON
Robert
McDONALD
Claude
McDONALD
Leonard
McDONALD
William
McGREGOR
Kenneth
MELSOM
George Cecil
MERCER
Henry John
METTEN
John Richard
MONAGHAN
James Henry
MULDER
Johannes
NEWTON
William Henry
NICHOLS
Stanley
NICHOLSON
Rupert Neil
ODY
Walter
POLLEY
Marshall John
RAMSAY
Ronald John
RAMSDEN
Lawrence
ROGERS
Julius Francis
RUDDER
Charles Henry
RUDDER
Henry Tudor
RUSSELL
William
SADLER
Ernest
SHOOBRIDGE
Edwin
SMELLIE
William Glanville
STREETER
Albert Charles
STREETER
William
SUTHERLAND
Adam
TURNER
Albert Joshua
TURNER
Victor John
WAITE
Reginald Henry
WEST
William Alfred
WHITE
George
WRAY
F.