Monsildale, Queensland, 1919. [Photograper: Catherine Stehbens]

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Ian Stehbens on February 4, 2009

Bob Stehbens operated a team of 10 horses, hauling logs from the Upper Brisbane Valley forests to the Monsildale Mill, from 1917 to 1919. This photo was taken by his wife, Catherine. Click here to see a photo of Bob working his horse team bring in logs to the Monsildale Mill.

Memories of living here that were orally passed on, were of:

the very cold winter mornings, with frozen water and heavy white frosts.

make-do seesaw, a plank over a log, that was a favourite plaything for the small children.

learning to ride a pony at the age of 4,

the caring female school teacher that walked to school holding mittened-hands of accompanying children on those frosty winter mornings,

the long shadows of the eastern range that kept the winter sun from reaching the houses until mid-morning.

Ian Stehbens on February 4, 2009

John Kerr, writes "In the upper Brisbane Valley, Hancock and Gore built a new mill at Monsildale in 1912, on Portion 7, rented from Horne. Where there had been just a homestead, a little township sprang up" of some 16 houses. "Apparently because the rental on renewal was excessive," in 1922, the mill was moved 11 kilometres to Foxlowe on the upper Yabba Creek. Foxlowe is known as Jimna today, which was the name of the gold diggings further up the creek.

"The mill, store, provisional school, butcher shop and houses were all dismantled for the move, which was supervised by manager Tom Davies and re-erected under the supervision of George Watt and Jack Fox." [Kerr, John (1998), Geographical Overview of Sawmilling, pp88-89]

KelvinRose on March 4, 2009

I love seeing all these history photos, Ian. I'm putting this in my Favourites. We visited here a couple of times, reminiscing on Rob's childhood.


Ian Stehbens on March 5, 2009

Dear Mum,

When we return to Brisbane, Monsildale will be one of the places that gets revisited, and as I have learnt from John Kerr's book that these houses pictured were relocated in Jimna, I must see if I can match the houses in this photo of Grannie's with those that are still in Jimna today.

Thanks for your appreciation of our history, for you inspired me as a child to be curious, and appreciate every opportunity. Thanks Mum.


michael pratten on August 20, 2009

Hi Ian, Myself and my Mother are trying our very hardest to find new and old pictures of Monsildale.If you are able to send or know someone that may have some to me would be very appreciated.Monsildale is where my mother and family grew up and we are on the search for as much information and photoes as we can get.It is so good to see that there are still people about that are interested.Thanks heaps. Michael

Ian Stehbens on August 23, 2009

Dear Michael,

Most of the photos I have of Monsildale are now available on this website, including the ones from my recent visit. The other images I have that were taken by my grandmother in 1918-19 are of her children playing or her husband bringing down a horseteam of logs to the mill. If you use the Brisbane Valley tag on this page it will display the set. I would be fairly confident that my grandmother may have had the only camera in Monsildale in 1919!

I would also be very interested in further correspondence with you as you continue to make discoveries.

My grandparents are long deceased and when they were in Monsildale that had 3 children with them, including my father. He and his sisters have all died, he in ut I did talk with him about the few photos and I went to Monsildale with him once in the 1960s. So I only have a sketchy outline of it all till, I saw it all again recently. And there was the mill, the school, the manager's car, the snigging track, the site of the photos, the citrus tree under the tank, the horse yard at the school, the pool at the creek... etc.

Best regards,


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