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The story behind naming Lilywood Landings street network

20 January 2024

Merryvale Circuit, Landings Boulevard and Roxby Place are just some of the names of Lilywood Landings future streetscape, telling the story of Caboolture’s rich farming legacy.

As the gateway community to the new City of Waraba, the development team behind Lilywood Landings have ensured that every street tells a story that connects residents to the historic significance of the land.

In the late 1800s, Upper Caboolture thrived as the home to 26 farming families, predominantly engaged in dairy farming, cattle, pigs, and cultivating crops such as sugar cane, sorghum, bananas, clover, and rye grass. Many streets and bridges in the area bear the names of these farming families.

The Caboolture River played a pivotal role in the community’s life, with steamboats docking near the farms and a slip and jetty on the land for transporting cut timber. Along the river’s 1744-meter stretch through the farm, willow trees provided a picturesque lining, while the gully flourished with vibrant purple lilies.

The history of Lilywood Landings

The Newton clan, spanning five generations of farmers, were among the early settlers in Upper Caboolture. Great-grandfather Zanow once owned the farm that now houses the Caboolture Golf Club.

The Zanows left an indelible mark on Caboolture, contributing to the construction of the memorial hall, St Lawrence Anglican and Lutheran churches, and many other old buildings. Grandfather Ted Newton, son of Mr. Zanow, acquired his first 100-acre farm in 1925, later moving to a 120-acre property at 413 Caboolture River Road in 1945. Ted Newton established the Merryvale Jersey Stud, which was later acquired by his son Jeffrey in 1965.

During the 1940s, father and son painstakingly cleared the 120 acres of Merryvale by hand. The timber they harvested was instrumental in constructing the Upper Caboolture Farmers Assembly Hall, various dairy bails (sheds), and some ironbark trees contributed to the construction of the Grey Street Bridge in Brisbane and local bridges.

Jeff Newton and his father collaborated extensively with the DPI, engaging in research on different crops, fertiliser usage, and irrigation methods. This wealth of knowledge was shared with farmers across Queensland through field days held at Merryvale, where the DPI conducted experiments. One notable event was the Newtons hosting a National Geographic tour.

The names of our first streets

Merryvale Circuit – Name of the original farm

Arabella Street – Cattle station

Springvale Street – Cattle station

Landings Boulevard – Name of development

Roxby Place – location of original cattle station

Waterford Circuit – Cattle station

Pembroke Drive – Cattle station

Ashford Crescent – Cattle station

Jersey Station – Cattle breed

Galloway Street – Cattle breed

Lilywood Boulevard – Name of development

What is the process behind officially naming a street?

 Aside from undertaking research to choose the names, Moreton Bay Regional Council has strict guidelines that must be abided by before they approve whether a street can be called a particular name. From there, it goes to the Geographical Naming Board for final approval. As long as our suggestions comply with council guidelines, it’s a straight forward approval process.

A place to thrive today and tomorrow

Developed by Lennium Group, Lilywood landings will offer a range of much-needed affordable homes for the fast-growing Moreton Bay region. Construction of key infrastructure has commenced and will be followed by the completion of the community’s very first blocks of land in 2024.

Register here to learn more about the future of this exciting new community.