Logan Village, Queensland

Logan Village
Logan City, Queensland

Hotz Road, 2014
Population 3,586 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4207
Location 45 km (28 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) Logan City
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Wright
Suburbs around Logan Village:
Chambers Flat Buccan Wolffdene
Stockleigh Logan Village Wolffdene
Jimboomba Tamborine
Cedar Creek

Logan Village is a town and locality within Logan City, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2011 census, Logan Village had a population of 3,586 people.[1]


Logan Village is a low density semi-rural suburb. The area has remained remote with few commercial or retail outlets. The Logan River passes through the middle of the suburb as does the disused railway from Bethania to Beaudesert and the WaterfordTamborine Road. The name derives from the river which was named by Ralph Darling, the Governor of New South Wales, after Captain Patrick Logan.[2][3] The township was referred to by various names in the colonial era, including Village of Logan, Town of Logan, and Logan Town.


In 1827 Captain Patrick Logan, commandant of the Moreton Bay penal colony, made an expedition to Mount Barney. The expedition is believed to have camped beside the Logan River near present-day Logan Village; Logan notes in his journal, "June 19th.—…at two o’clock arrived at the Logan, not fordable; stopped for the night;".[4][5]

On the first accurate map of the region compiled by the surveyor Robert Dixon and published in 1842 (This map of Moreton Bay),[6] the Logan River is shown with a navigation limit marked near the locality of Logan Village. The label "Boats to here" is placed at 4 miles (6.4 km) up river from the site now occupied by the township.[7]

The area was initially subject to settlement restrictions. Until 1842 a 50-mile (80 km) exclusion radius for the penal colony prohibited free settlers. Apart from escaped convicts it was timber, especially cedar, that brought the first European activity to the Albert and Logan catchments.[8] After 1842, with closure of the penal colony, land north of Beaudesert towards Brisbane was opened for leasehold only, to facilitate planning and cropping; unlike further south in the Upper Logan where squatters occupied large runs or stations.[6]

Freehold settlement

European settlement at Logan Village itself originated in its location as the head of navigation on the Logan River, and with the Logan Agricultural Reserve being proclaimed in 1862 for freehold selection.[9] The first constructions were a wharf and store for the cotton plantation at ‘Townsvale’ (Veresdale) owned by Robert Towns.[10]

Town of Logan, Logan Village, 19th century

The locality became part of the Agricultural Reserve when it was extended the following year in 1863 by a further 25,000 acres (10,000 ha).[11] The 1863 plan of extension for the Reserve shows the proposed township as portion no. 184, designated RES (reserve), along the east side of the Logan River with an area of 47 acres (19 ha).[12] The township was surveyed in 1865,[10] with town lots of around 1 acre (0.40 ha).[13]

The first recorded burial in the Logan Village cemetery occurred on 30 October 1878. However, it was not until 1 February 1879 that the reserve for the cemetery was gazetted and the trustees were appointed on 14 March 1879. On 2 September 1976, the Beaudesert Shire Council took over control of the cemetery.[14] A lawn graves section was established on 15 April 1981.[15]

The Village of Logan Provisional School opened on 1 March 1872, becoming the Logan Village State School in February 1901.[16][17]

The first bridge built at Logan Village over the Logan River opened in 1897.[18] Swept away by flood in 1903, it was 93 years before it was replaced with a new bridge in 1996 which was named after the Beaudesert Shire Engineer, Geoff Philp.[10]

In the 1920s, Rifle Range no. 98 was located along Miller Road for the Logan Village Rifle Club.[19]

World War 2

During the Second World War Camp Cable, an army training base, extended from Logan Village in the north to the Albert River in the south-east.[20] Memorials relating to the camp were relocated from its former entrance to the grounds of the Logan Village RSL in 2012.

Local council amalgamations

Formerly in the Shire of Beaudesert, Logan Village became part of Logan City following the local government amalgamations in March 2008.


In the 2011 census, Logan Village recorded a population of 3,586 people, 48.6% female and 51.4% male.[1] The median age of the Logan Village population was 38 years, 1 year above the national median of 37.[1] 75% of people living in Logan Village were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 6.2%, New Zealand 5%, Scotland 0.7%, Germany 0.7%, South Africa 0.6%.[1] 91% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.3% Finnish, 0.3% German, 0.3% French, 0.2% Khmer, 0.1% Spanish.[1]

Heritage listings

Logan Village has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Forest of Memories

The Logan Village Community Centre is located along Wharf St, and includes meeting rooms and a number of heritage buildings.[22] Adjacent to the Centre is the Village Green, a parkland with picnic and playground facilities.[23]

In 2013 Logan Village celebrated Settlers Day, 150 years since freehold titles were first taken up in September 1863. Events included a street parade, re-enactment of Captain Logan's 1826 landing, and other commemorative activities.[24]

The Forest of Memories, described as an "outdoor museum", was erected at Logan Village in 2013 as part of the 150 year celebrations. It is situated on Albert St and consists of a row of plaques leading to 15 three sided totems displaying historic images and stories from the district. The Forest features special lighting for display at night.[25]


In 2011 the Logan City Council endorsed the Logan Village Local Plan to develop the town centre and surrounds.[26]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Logan Village (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Logan Village (town) (entry 39189)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  3. 1 2 "Logan Village (locality) (entry 47150)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  4. "Shipping lntelligence. Journal of Captain Logan's pedestrian Tour, in the neighbourhood of Moreton Bay, in the month of June, 1827.". The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser. 17 August 1827. p. 2. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  5. Steele, J. G. (1972). The Explorers of the Moreton Bay District 1770–1830. St. Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press. p. 213. ISBN 0702206970.
  6. 1 2 Buchanan, Robyn. "Logan: Rich in History – Early Settlement" (PDF). Logan City Council. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  7. Dixon, Robert (1842). "This map of Moreton Bay". National Library of Australia, MAP RM 1074. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  8. Powell, Judith (1998). Travel routes, forest towns and settlements (PDF). Queensland: Forests Taskforce, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet : Regional Forest Assessments, Dept. of Natural Resources. p. 36.
  9. Queensland Government (5 March 1862). "Queensland Government Gazette". III (21): 127–128. ISSN 0155-9370.
  10. 1 2 3 "Logan Village". Logan Suburbs. Logan City Council. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  11. Queensland Government (8 August 1863). "Queensland Government Gazette". IV (63): 467. ISSN 0155-9370.
  12. "Plan of the extension of Logan Agricultural Reserve (1863)". Queensland State Archives. ID621950.
  13. "Plan of Town of Logan L1201 (1882)". Queensland State Archives. ID621952.
  14. "Agency ID10729, Logan Village Cemetery Trust". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  15. "Series ID5950, Burial Register – Logan Village Cemetery". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  16. "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  17. "Agency ID5421, Logan Village State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  18. "Monday, June 7, 1897.". The Brisbane Courier. 7 June 1897. p. 4. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  19. "Logan Village Rifle Range". Queensland State Archives. ID175055.
  20. "Camp Cable". Queensland WWII Historic Places. Department of Housing and Public Works, Queensland Government. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  21. "Logan Village State School and Teacher Residence (former) (entry 602610)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  22. "Logan Village Community Centre". Facilities & Recreation. Logan City Council. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  23. "Village Green". Parks. Logan City Council. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  24. "Logan Village Settlers' Day". Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  25. "Forest of Memories". Logan City Council – Parks. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  26. "Logan Village". Planning & Building. Logan City Council. Retrieved 25 February 2013.

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