Pierce's "Lemon Tree", Yandilla, Q

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Ian Stehbens on December 31, 2009

To see the present site of this original homestead visit Lemontree Homestead and Lemontree Cottage. To the right (east) of this homestead was the long Lemontree Lagoon which was usually full of water in the days when the Pierce Family lived here. Today the heavy use of water for irrigation on the Condamine Plains means that the lagoon is now often very low.

The following children of William Pierce and Lucy Ann Devine were born here: Lucy Caroline Pierce (1881), William Earnest Devine Pierce (1883), Charles Sydney Devine Pierce (1886), George Percival Pierce (1888), Henry Herbert Pierce (1891).

Philip Hancock Devine (son of Lucy's brother, Philip Ena Devine), a nephew of William and Lucy Pierce, drowned in the Lemontree Lagoon on New Year's Eve, 1891 at the age of 12. His family were owners of Spring Grove Station, Surat, SW Queensland at the time. Philip was buried in the All Saints Church of England Cemetery, Yandilla, about 6 kms from Lemontree Homestead.

The Devines are descendants of First Fleet Convict Phillip Devine who was also known as Thomas Hilton Tennant.

In recent years this property has been owned by Harris Family. Geoff Harris developed the property as a feedlot beef cattle business, but now the McNamee family own it and continue to operate it as a large feed feedlot through-putting more than 10000 head per year.

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    by Ian Stehbens