Queensland Family Trees
The township is tucked away with its sawmill, in a cul de sac off the Maryborough-Biggenden road. The cemetery is in a churchyard, mid pasture lands, a few miles further on at the top of a hill on the left. There is a small wooden church on the small reserve .--------------
Tiny township in the hinterland behind the Sunshine Coast.
Located 304 km north-west of Brisbane and 49 km west of Maryborough, Brooweena is a tiny town which owes its existence to a saw mill and a railway station. It is one of those towns which is easy to overlook, especially as the main road now passes by 500 metres from the township.
The area around Brooweena (known as the Shire of Woocoo) was first settled in 1849 during a period when land in the Wide Bay area was subject to a rather frenetic land grab. The two properties which covered the area around the present town were known as Teebar and Gigoomgan. It was the arrival of the railway line which created a settlement at Brooweena. The railway station, which was opened in 1889, was called Teebar but the name was changed the following year to Brooweena which probably means 'crab' or 'crayfish' in the language of the local Aborigines. As early as 1892 there was a butcher's shop to supply the railway workers. Shortly afterwards the first residence, appropriately the stationmaster's cottage, was built. In 1915 the Woocoo shire office was built. However, the most important event, and the one that was to ensure the town's continuing existence, came in 1924 when Talbot Lahey built the local sawmill.
In spite of these rather humble historical facts the town now boasts an historical museum which is almost as large as the town itself. The Woocoo Historical Society managed to produce a 278 page book (there are considerably more pages in the book than there are people in the town) during 1988 called Pioneers and Progress: A History of Division One, Shire of Woocoo, Queensland. It is an excellent piece of folk history which gives an insight into the development of the area.
||Bargenquast,John Joachim William and Mary (nee Thomsen)|
J.J.W. BARGENQUAST, husband father, died 29 Dec 1953 aged 76 years; Mary, wife mother, died 14 June 1971 aged 86 years; Brooweena St Mary's Anglican cemetery, Woocoo Shire
Died 3rd September 1933
Devoted wife of Andreas Thomsen & loving step mother to his children.
||Douglas, James, father, died 17 July 1946 aged 82? years; Margaret C. DOUGLAS, mother, died 25 Nov 1948 aged 75 years; |
||John and Mary Bargenquast nee Thomsen|
Broweena Cemetery outside St Marys Anglican Church
||Sophus Thomson & Alice (nee Hutchensen)|
||Thomsen, Caroline (nee Meyer)|
Born, 27th Novemeber 1841, died 3rd September 1933
Born 26th Junee 1900, died 19th September 1957