1 Family, 2 Towns, 4 Names

Image: Yandilla Street, Pittsworth 1884 Source: John Oxley Library

Image: Yandilla Street, Pittsworth 1884
Source: John Oxley Library

I found an absolute gem of a site this week. http://www.chapelhill.homeip.net/FamilyHistory/Other/Renamed-Places-in-Queensland.html is a huge collection of places that have gone through a name change and provides the source material as proof. I was absolutely spoilt for choice to make this week’s article, but decided to start with the town/locality of Gomorow. We’ve actually got a library branch out at Gomorow, but of course after 1890 the Receiving Office (Post Office) name was changed to Goombungee. A notice appeared in the 1890 Postal Guide for May that the Receiving Office in Gomorow would from now on be referred to as Goombungee. Why Goombungee? We can only assume it was chosen so as to align to the recently gazetted (1885) township of Goombungee. The new township was named after the Goombungee pastoral station on whose land (previously) the town is laid out on.  The Goombungee station was taken up by Charles Pitts in 1847. The origin of the name of the pastoral run, possibly aboriginal, is unrecorded. This isn’t the only place that has gone through a name change that the Pitt family has had ties to.

The other town I’m referring to is Beauaraba. When this area which is 58km from Toowoomba was first settled most of the land was taken for the Beauaraba pastoral station. Although the railway station in the town had been called Pittsworth since 1887 the township wasn’t changed formally to Pittsworth until 1915 in order to avoid confusion with Buarba near Gatton. One local family that had an impact on two budding townships. That’s all I’ve got for you this week, who knows what I’ll dig up next time.

2 thoughts on “1 Family, 2 Towns, 4 Names

  1. Hi Jamie – love this however, to set the record straight the chapelhill site has quoted a newspaper article that had a spelling error. It should have read Gomoran not Gomorow! Just thought I’d let you know. And I think the parish was called Goombungee too. We still haven’t got to the bottom of the story nor that of the naming of Rosalie!



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