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LOCAL HISTORY By LINDA GALLIGAN Archie Bearkley and the colourful history of Cabarlah In investigating the would dislodge anything” but also “ever of theft, and another One man accused him history of Cabarlah, one name that ready to help a chap kicked and punched is prominent is Archibald who was stony.” him to the ground and Bearkley. From sifting through old newspapers, I have compiled an outline of In 1875, a neighbour, John Sondergeld (he seems a bit of a character as well) sold some then said “you can go now and give your vote to Cox”. In 1878, someone his life. of his land for £215 to vandalised his Welcome Born in about 1838, Archibald (Archie) was Archibald Bearkley but the final payment of Home property by attempting to burn recorded as living in £115 was not delivered Toowoomba when he to Sondergeld. down his stockyards calf pen and slip rails. married Mary Wire in This obviously irked Meanwhile, Bearkley’s Ipswich in 1867. They him! At one stage Sondergeld business seemed impounded six move out to a house be going well. In 1879 and shop at “Five-Mile of Bearkley’s horses. they cater for the Governor Camp” (an old name The “misunderstanding” at the Welcome eventually result- for Cabarlah) a bit to Home Tavern and Or- the south of where the ed in an altercation angery (Aubigny Gardens.) current shop is located. A number of between Bearkley, an At different times he accomplice, and Sondergeld articles in the Darling is listed in various publications at the latter’s Downs Gazette praise as a gardener home. Four days later his abilities as a gardener, or storekeeper. Sondergeld is dead. as he grew not (The Old Cabarlah In 1877 Bearkley was only many varieties of Store sometimes called the Long Shop. charged with murder. One day he appeared oranges but other fruit including hops, shaddock, Previously the Welcome on the disputed prop- pomegranate, lo- Home Tavern. erty where Mrs Sonquat, mango, plums, al- Unknown date (before dergeld, understandably, mond, guavas, custard “presented a gun” 1928). Published with apple and grapes. permission) Archie and his wife at him. Other neighbours appeared He also grew what the article described as to rally around an amazing variety of are caught selling sly grog in 1867 from their Widow Sondergeld as lemon called “The Lisbon.” house. He must have they wrote an open letter thought that was a lucrative in the paper asking In 1879 a journalist business as in for the matter of the disputed wrote: “He has had a 1871 he bought a Bush Licence for the “Welcome land to be settled quickly. He was eventu- cellar excavated, capable of storing fully Home Tavern”. ally found not guilty, as a thousand gallons. The tavern was listed as being in their house of “three sitting rooms and four bedrooms (exclusive of the family)”. evidence suggests Sondergeld was not in good health at the time of the assault. He may have accumulated There are now some two or three hundred gallons in it, the quality of which, though new, is equal to any of this other ene- An article in the 1928 season’s wines which I Toowoomba Chronicle, just before the shop was mies over the years, as there are quite a have tasted.” In one article it listed pulled down, depicts few mentions of him the property as having him as “an ideal bush in the courts trying to 2752 grape vines and publican,” as he would extract money from 283 citrus trees (with dispense “liquor that non-paying customers. a further 1000 orange School notice board P. and C. representative John Garret and students from the Haden State School admiring the recently installed noticeboard. The board was manufactured locally and bought with grant money provided by the PCCN and the Heritage Bank. The P. and C. thanks both parties for the funding to make this project possible. trees in the nursery.) He was, at one stage, very keen to start a fruit canary. He also accumulated land in the Cabarlah area over the years, as he had 164 acres to the north-west of the Cabarlah railway station and another 80 acres between Murphy’s Creek Road and the railway. He also on occasions donated up to £5 to the hospital fund. £5 would have represented quite a large donation at the time. In 1883 a railway line was opened from Toowoomba to Cabarlah and he must have seen that it would be more profitable to locate a hotel closer to the railway station. He transferred the licence of the Welcome Home Tavern to the Railway Tavern Hotel (20 chains away) on 13 acres with “three sitting rooms and five bedrooms exclusive of family.” This hotel was on the southern corner of the highway and Costello Road. He also bought land next to the railway (current site of the Cabarlah pub.) By 1885 he had other people running the hotel and advertised the opening of shops, including a butcher and baker near the Railway Hotel. Between 1886 and 1894 he tried selling most of the land around Aubigny Gardens and the shops next to Railway Hotel. In addition, in 1892 the Railway Hotel came up for sale (it burnt down in 1902.) He still had an interest in hotels as in 1892 he wanted entrance to his new premises improved. This was named as “Old Davey’s Land” which is located on the highway to the south of the traffic lights at Cawdor Road, perhaps where there is now a stand of bunya trees. In the same year he applied for a licence for Davey’s Homestead. By November he advertised it “to let by tender or lease, the new and commodious hotel now in course of erection (six miles from Toowoomba) for the Range View Hotel.” While he also appears to have land in Toowoomba (1893 has listed land in Ipswich Street, and in 1890 there is a mention of A Bearkley in Campbell St), in 1894-97, A. Bearkley was still listed as gardener at Cabarlah in Post Office records and his son John as on the electoral role in 1890 in the residence of A. Bearkley. In 1898 the licence for the Range View was again transferred to him and his family (wife and five children). In 1900 he again applied for licence in the Rangeview Hotel. However, he states Heritage Bank appoints new head of legal Heritage Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Benn Wogan to the role of General Counsel on a permanent basis. Mr Wogan has been acting as interim General Counsel for the last six months. His role will also encompass Assistant Company Secretary responsibilities. Heritage CEO Peter Lock said: “Mr Wogan is a highly credentialled and experienced lawyer who will be a welcome addition to the senior management team at Heritage. We’re delighted to welcome him to the General Counsel role permanently and look forward to continue to benefit from his expertise and guidance.” Mr Wogan joins Heritage from PwC Australia, where he worked for nineyears, initially as Senior Legal Counsel and most recently as Legal Director, leading PwC’s legal services team in Brisbane. He has had 14 years of top tier in the paper that “the premises are rented by me from Mary Bearkley and occupied by Bernard McKewin. “I am married and have a wife and five children but the said children do not reside with me.” That same year he was disqualified from electoral rolls (he had corporate and commercial legal experience gained from both private practice and in-house counsel roles in Australia and New Zealand. He has worked across multiple industries, including financial services. Mr Wogan said he was excited about the opportunity to continue his work with Heritage. “The Legal and Governance function will play an important role in enabling Heritage to achieve its strategy objectives, including the shift to a more a digitally led bank,” he said. “A successful legal function is there to help the rest of the business to achieve its objectives, while mitigating risk at the same time.” “I’m delighted to be joining an organisation that puts the best interests of its customers and staff right at the heart of everything it does.” Range View Hotel - Reproduced with permision. Old Cabarlah store. not died nor left the district) and on February 9, 1901, large quantity of household furniture and sundries was being sold by Mrs Bearkley. Mary Bearkley at some stage moved to Laidley with son James and died in 1914. Another son, Joseph, was a fruiter in Ipswich. On August 8, 1929 Nursery focuses on bush tucker Peacehaven Nursery at Highfields, now has a native nursery section devoted to bush tucker plants. Previously, these had been scattered throughout the nursery but have now been put together in one area. One of the most outstanding species is the Backhousia citriodora, more commonly known as the Lemon myrtle. It offers and intensely citric fragrance and flavour and has long been used in the Aboriginal cuisine and medicine. In the wild, you will find the Lemon myrtle in the subtropical rainforests of central and south-eastern Queensland. there was a probate notice in the paper “Bearkley, Archibald, formerly of Toowoomba, late of Greenwich, Sydney, N.S.W, retired storekeeper. Mar. 2, 1929. Thomas Bearkley, Toowoomba, engine driver, son, and Mary J. Carew, daughter, Greenwich. R. and P, £219.” Its fresh, tangy leaves may be used in tea, syrups and glazes, for cakes and biscuits, dressings, dips and in meat dishes. Essential oil distilled from the leaves has a refreshing lemony scent and has been found to have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. 8 - HIGH COUNTRY HERALD - APRIL 10, 2018 To advertise phone 4615 4416

Outdoor wedding Cent sale for charity A charity cent sale in the Cabarlah Hall on Saturday, May 5, will raise money for a new AccuVein machine for the paediatric ward at the Toowoomba Base Hospital. WeCare, a Legacy of Christopher Robert Gerahty Inc., assists children from conception to 25 with a terminal illness and aims to aid their families and carers. Charity founder Cath Iseppi said she hopes $7000 can be raised at the event, which is currently the price of one AccuVein machine. “An AccuVein machine shows Toowoomba has hosted more than 220 pubs since the 1840s. Many have changed names several times, several have vanished from the record, and a few remain a mystery. The next talk at the Toowoomba Historical Society will survey the history of the hotel industry in Toowoomba and resurrect a few of the vanished pubs, doctors every good vein so when they want to take blood for the first time its much easier and less painful,” she said. “We are looking for committee members and we need someone who knows how to make a website, that’s why we are asking for volunteers.” There will be a large multi-draw raffle with 18-20 prizes for people of all ages and afternoon tea will be provided. Doors open at noon and admission is $10 per person. For more information or to donate, contact Cath 4696 9141. Toowoomba’s vanished pubs including the Town Hall Hotel, the Oddfellows, two of five Shamrocks, and two of three Newmarkets. The speaker will be Society president Emeritus Professor Maurice French. This meeting will be held at the society’s rooms, 49 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba, on Monday, April 16, at 7.30pm. //////////////////////////////////// T.R.C Bitumen Roads & Driveways Tired of your gravel driveway washing out with every shower or storm? OR . . . Driving through mud and potholes or dust in the summer months? Darren Hartwig and ShellyBegg, were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Reflections Lake Cooby on Saturday, January 27, 2018 surrounded by 100 of their family and close friends. Wedding photos were taken at their Plainby property Gold Crest, just outside Crows Nest, where Darren and Shelly run their Limousin stud. The pair spent a relaxing honeymoon at the Sheraton in Port Douglas taking in the sights of the region, snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and touring the Mossman Gorge, Daintree River and Cape Tribulation. As well as running the property, both Darren and Shelly work full time offfarm. Darren is branch manager at Elders Toowoomba, and Shelly is finance manager for Homestyle Bakeries, Toowoomba. Their adult and teenage children, Mitch, Chelsea, William, Sophia and Stephanie, all enjoy helping out on the property and assisting with showing the cattle across the Darling Downs, Lockyer Valley, Wide Bay-Burnett and the Brisbane Exhibition when they can. Darren and Shelly plan to continue growing their Limousin herd numbers and would like to add to their property holdings in the future. - Pete Denyer of PD Photography. Here’s YOUR chance to get your driveway or carpark prepped and TWO coat sealed with a durable multi-bond bitumen, as we are working in YOUR AREA. $ 18 per m 2 Offer expires 30/04/18 TRC Bitumen Road & Driveways Ph 0407 184 523 Over 25 Years Experience in the Industry //////////////////////////////////// OPEN DAY Saturday 14 April 9am - 1pm Come and check out our new building for children 4+ Home to our new Independent Kindergarten program Amazing facility for school/vacation care Our building for 0-3yrs is open too 07 4615 4844 Fun activities for all ages including a sausage sizzle To advertise phone 4615 4416 HIGH COUNTRY HERALD - APRIL 10, 2018 - 9

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