From the ‘clear waters’, a rising metropolis grows


On this sponsored submit, “CityNews” speaks with specialists within the Queanbeyan area who’re keen about what they do.

IT is believed that the normal Aboriginal individuals first arrived in Queanbeyan round 20,000 years in the past, based on the Queanbeyan-Palerang Library. 

Its web site says that with two main rivers flowing by way of the realm, it was a really perfect settlement level with the rivers offering wealthy meals sources within the type of fish, shellfish, waterfowl and edible roots. 

The interfluvial nation supplied good grazing for emu, kangaroo and wallaby. Queanbeyan is on Ngambri/Ngunnawal land.

Whereas trying to find the Murrumbidgee River, Joseph Wild, James Vaughan and Charles Throsby Smith got here throughout the current location of Queanbeyan. They have been the primary non-indigenous individuals to see the current location of Queanbeyan once they found the junction of the Molonglo and Queanbeyan Rivers about two kilometres from the current city on December 8, 1820.

The primary use of land at Queanbeyan was by an unauthorised occupant Timothy Beard, who known as his property “Quinbean”, which is regarded as an Aboriginal phrase for “clear water”. This gave town its fashionable title, Queanbeyan.

With the growing inhabitants throughout the 1830s, agitation for the institution of a courthouse and submit workplace led to a submit workplace at Queanbeyan being established in 1836, adopted by the appointment of a resident Justice of the Peace and the institution of a courtroom in 1837.

Queanbeyan was formally proclaimed as a settlement on September 28, 1838.

In 1841 there have been three brick buildings and 7 picket buildings in Queanbeyan. There have been 372 residents in 1851 and 526 in 1861 and Queanbeyan was the service centre of the district. There have been three giant shops and two accommodations. One other six inns have been doing enterprise on the roads main out of the city. There have been two steam mills and a brand new hospital was being erected.

There have been three church buildings – Christ Church, St. Gregory’s and the Methodist Church – and faculties have been in existence at each Christ Church and St. Gregory’s. A newspaper, “The Golden Age”, was based by John Gale in 1860. The brand new courthouse was inbuilt 1860 on Monaro Road.

Through the 1860s communications have been improved by the extension of the telegraph line from Braidwood to Queanbeyan which opened in 1864 and the method of the railway which reached Goulburn in 1869. In 1869 the Queanbeyan Publish and Telegraph places of work have been mixed and the primary everlasting submit workplace was opened on the nook of Monaro and Lowe Streets in 1880. 

The library web site writes that the primary official prepare reached Bungendore on March 4, 1885, however engineering difficulties and the necessity to assemble two giant bridges delayed the opening of the part to Queanbeyan till September 8, 1887.

Queanbeyan’s fourth church, St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church opened in 1874 and its second financial institution, the Financial institution of NSW, opened in 1878. A brand new public faculty was inbuilt 1877. Development of St. Benedict’s convent and boarding faculty run by the Good Samaritan sisters was begun in 1880.

In February 1885 Queanbeyan was proclaimed a municipality and on the first elections in April, 1885, 9 aldermen have been chosen from 14 candidates and John James Wright turned the primary mayor.

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The primary bridge throughout the Queanbeyan River was opened in 1858 however closed in 1899. One other bridge opened in 1900, which was later changed by a brand new bridge in 1974. The adjoining weir and the Suspension Bridge have been opened in 1901. The Suspension Bridge was destroyed by the flood of 1925 and a substitute was inbuilt 1938.

The constructing of Canberra created new avenues for employment and stimulated enterprise and housing improvement. The recommencement of the constructing of Canberra in 1921 resulted in a second increase in Queanbeyan when many new buildings have been erected. 

Advantages ensuing from the enlargement of the early Nineteen Twenties included provide of electrical energy (1920) and water (1926).

By 1972 the inhabitants had risen to greater than 15,000. 

The town had proved that whereas it was in shut proximity to Canberra it was an unbiased entity and Queanbeyan was proclaimed a metropolis on July 7, 1972. Now, in 2023, the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has a  inhabitants of 64,000.

New developments at Googong and within the Jerrabomberra Valley make Queanbeyan one of many quickest rising centres in NSW.


Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain.

Kristy leads the cost for ‘integrity and honesty’

QUEANBEYAN’s federal member of parliament Kristy McBain says that within the lead as much as the final election, individuals throughout her voters, Eden-Monaro, and throughout the nation have been “loud and clear about their want to see integrity and honesty restored in Canberra”. 

“Since Labor fashioned authorities, we now have been working tirelessly to make sure integrity and accountability is introduced again to the centre of our democracy,” she says. 

“The Albanese authorities delivered in its dedication to legislate a strong Nationwide Anti-Corruption Fee earlier than the top of 2022. By the center of this yr, that physique might be in motion – a strong, unbiased and clear fee with the powers of a royal fee to research critical or systematic corruption throughout the federal public sector.

“For too lengthy we now have seen our bodies just like the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, there as a test on authorities choices, be topic to partisan appointments and the potential for politicisation. Our authorities has made a tricky determination to scrap the physique to supply and can transfer to determine a brand new tribunal with merit-based appointments to make sure, not solely a clear method however to assist restore this essential perform for assessment of choices.

“That is a part of our dedication to by no means waste a day in authorities – there is just too a lot to do. I stay up for persevering with to face up for our neighborhood and ship for the individuals of Eden-Monaro.”

Get in contact with Kristy McBain on 6284 2442 or electronic mail [email protected]

Crocodile rocking down by the river

DARREN Percival, from Bungendore, and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, will make up Queanbeyan’s personal Elton John tribute band when the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) hosts the seventh annual “Music on the River” at Queen Elizabeth II Park.

Neighborhood occasions officer Melissa Aitchison says: “This yr we’re bringing a slight twist to our standard efficiency from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

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“The catchy melodies of Elton John will take over our annual open-air live performance”

There might be opening performances from Durella Road Dudes, Canberra Concord Refrain and Woodface. 

Melissa encourages individuals to have their subsequent “household time out” by the Queanbeyan River at 3pm, on February 4.

The following day at 10am the QPRC is internet hosting the primary Bungendore Multicultural Pageant at Mick Sherd Oval to “have fun the range and vitality of the realm”.

“This might be a smaller model of the Queanbeyan competition with a lot of meals and plenty of amusement, actions for the youngsters and market stalls,” says Melissa. 

The “unique” Queanbeyan Multicultural Pageant will even have meals, dance, music and markets at Queanbeyan Park, 10am, on March 5.

“At this yr’s competition, there might be two phases of performances,” says Melissa.

“Puffs”… at The Q, Might 11-20.

One thing on stage to go well with everybody

THE 2023 season at The Q – the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre – presents “a mixture of classics and new works with tons of music and comedy,” says creative director, Jordan Greatest. 

When collating the season, Jordan says she “checked out what individuals need.”

“We went heavy on leisure, choosing exhibits which might be gripping and thrilling,” she says. 

The Q’s membership program “saves on each ticket of the season with 10 per cent off on the bar,” she says.

“On this season there may be a lot of comedy.

“‘Puffs’ is foolish and enjoyable and ‘Garry Starr Performs All the pieces’ is ridiculous and enjoyable.”

For the youngsters, Roald Dahl’s “The Twits” is delivered to the stage.

“I’m very excited to introduce a e book I beloved as a child to the youthful technology,” says Jordan.

There’s a deal with native and smaller tasks with “Little Girls”, “Legacies” and “Triceratop”.

“When Adam Deusien pitched ‘Triceratop’, a homosexual dinosaur, local weather change love story, I assumed, ‘I should have that!’” she says.

“We’re additionally extraordinarily fortunate to host ‘Prima Facie’ for one night time – when you haven’t seen it earlier than, it’ll blow you away!

“The 2023 season “has one thing to go well with everybody.” 

Right here it’s:  

  • “Prima Facie”, April 19. 
  • “Puffs”, Might 11-20. 
  • “Little Girls”, June 8-17.
  • “The Twits”, July 13-15.
  • “Gary Starr Performs All the pieces”, June 3. 
  • “Legacies”, August 2-5.
  • “Triceratop”, November 24-25. 

The Q, 253 Crawford Road, Queanbeyan. Name 6285 6290 or

Baker Deane and Nutt associate Lorraine White.

Accessible and modern authorized companies

BAKER Deane and Nutt (BDN) is without doubt one of the oldest regulation companies in NSW, having been established for greater than 160 years and offering professional recommendation with a private contact, says associate Lorraine White.

With two places of work, one in Canberra and one other in Queanbeyan, BDN operates throughout NSW, ACT and Commonwealth jurisdictions.

Lorraine says the agency prides itself on being accessible, responsive, and modern.

“Wonderful workers, know-how and techniques guarantee purchasers obtain immediate, dependable and efficient authorized companies,” she says.

Lorraine says BDN has managed the enterprise of the agency by way of the COVID-19 pandemic properly.

“Our techniques and expert workers have allowed us to proceed offering authorized companies to our purchasers all through the pandemic, together with when our workers have been working from house,” she says.

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“Now we have not wanted to shut our doorways in any respect, and have been busier than ever.

“Our workers have been already set as much as work remotely. Over the previous few years we now have successfully carried out shopper conferences and courtroom attendances from each our places of work and from house.

“BDN has embraced the brand new and hopefully ongoing efficiencies which have been developed throughout the pandemic.”

Baker Deane and Nutt, Degree 1, 1 Farrell Place, Civic (name 6230 1999) and 260 Crawford Road, Queanbeyan (name 6299 3999),


Conventional tile finishes make a comeback

TILE tendencies have turned to hotter colors and textures blended with traditional chevron, herringbone and encaustic appears, says Rivoland Tiles normal supervisor James Hibberson.

“Finishes typically seen as conventional are making a comeback, with reinvigorated fashion and color,” he says.

“Terrazzo and marble types can be found with so many nice choices and attributes that they’ll work with nearly any house.”

With showrooms and commerce shops in Queanbeyan and Mitchell, the flagship retailer in central Queanbeyan sits throughout from an attractive park, near cafes, eating places and outlets, servicing individuals from regional NSW and the coast, James says. 

He says Rivoland Tiles is a proud family-owned enterprise, constructed on a powerful ethic of customer support and product alternative. 

“We’re one of many largest stockists on the east coast importing distinctive and unique merchandise from Italy, Spain and China, permitting our prospects the only option and aggressive costs,” he says. 

“If prospects have discovered one thing they like on-line, ask us about it. We’re very happy to assist them supply that good tile.

“Our prospects make what we do, what we like to do. Engaged on all features of tiling from repairing a sill tile to supplying developments, no two days are ever the identical. 

“Better of all, the individuals of Queanbeyan are nice.”

Rivoland Tiles, 100 Crawford Road. Name 6297 4510 or go to

Digital printing and paint mix to create a tile impact on glass

If it’s glass, Nigel can type it out

TOSCAN Glass was established in 1999, however Nigel Denford took possession three years in the past.

“Not solely can we specialize in vibrant splashbacks, we additionally do bathe display screen repairs and replacements and normal window repairs,” he says.

“Principally, if it has glass I can type it out.

“I’ve been within the business for the previous 25 years and have intensive information of recent and previous tendencies.” 

Nigel, who can even do leadlight repairs, says Toscan presents work in residential or business settings, and undertakes “particular tasks” together with characteristic panels and water options.

“It’s customized and one-off work,” says Nigel.

“We work with architects and inside designers for customized jobs, which is one thing most different glass outlets simply can’t do. Not like we do.”

Toscan Glass, 5 Chapman Road, Queanbeyan. Name 6284 2255 or go to

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Ian Meikle, editor