Boonah, a rural town, is 70 km south-west of Brisbane. To its south and west are the scenic rim of mountain ranges and Cunninghams Gap. The scenery has been characterised as 'Switzerland without the snow'.

First known as Blumbergville (after the Blumberg Brothers' stores opened in 1882) and Dugandan, the town was named Boonah in 1887 when the railway station was opened. It is thought that the name was derived from an Aboriginal word describing the bloodwood tree or a brigalow-type acacia.

Further Reading: 

Angela Collyer, ed, All Saints Catholic Church 1887-1987, Boonah, All Saints Parish Centenary Committee, 1987

Murray Johnson and Kay Saunders, Working the land, Runcorn, Queensland State Archives, 2007

C.K. Pfeffer, The Fassifern story: history of Boonah Shire and surroundings to 1989, Boonah, Boonah Shire Council, 1991


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