Laidley is a rural town 65 km west of central Brisbane. It is situated on the Ipswich to Toowoomba railway line which runs in an arc south of the Warrego Highway.

Allan Cunningham identified the area in 1829, during his exploration of south-east Queensland and the Darling Downs. He named it Laidley Plain after James Laidley, New South Wales Commissary General, writing favourably of its pastoral and agricultural potential in his report to Governor Darling that same year.


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