This area to the north of Southport gained its name from the residence which belonged to the first manager of Cobb & Co.
John Lacey was an early
settler who took up Portion 117 in 1879. Before that the creek had been
known as Bullon Creek. Some early maps show it as Leacy's Creek.
Allan Cunningham reported to
Governor Darling his discovery, 22 June, 1829, of a fine patch of
timbered plainland which he said he had named Laidley's Plain as a
compliment to the Deputy Commissary-General in Sydney, James Laidley.
He was sure this country would produce fine crops of maize or other
Originally Wingate's Lagoon.
Lake Elphinstone was named after George Elphinstone Dalrymple, the explorer.
Charles Lamb, the English poet
and essayist, after whom Lamb Island is named, was a close friend of
Coleridge. During most of his long writing career he held the position
of public servant clerk in India house and for much of that time he
looked after his sister, Mary, who had been entrusted to his care
following her killing of their mother in a manic attack in 1796. He
renounced marriage to look after her. Some of his writing was done in
conjunction with her. He signed the essays that he wrote for the
London Magazine with the pen name of Elia. He died 1834 at the age of 59.
The Lamington National Park, and perhaps the great fund-raising cake of Australia, is named after Charles Wallace Alexander Napier Cochrane-Baillie, better known to us as Lord Lamington, who was Governor of Queensland from April 1896 to 1901. He had got himself elected to the House of Commons in England, but when his father died he inherited the title of Baron Lamington and transferred to the House of Lords. An arch-conservative, he feared federation as opening the gate to socialism. After leaving Queensland he and his wife, Mary, went to Bombay where he was Governor for four years. He died at Lamington House , Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1940 at the age of eighty.
A man by the name of Landers had one of
the shoots down which timber getters would send logs from the slopes of
the Blackall range.
The district was first known
by the creek there, Mellum creek, but in 1889 the railway line came
through and the Railway Department decided to call the station
Landsborough in honour of William Landsborough who had, only a few
years earlier, died at his home in Caloundra.
The name is of Aboriginal origin, but
not local to the area. It is said to mean flowing water or flat country
Stephen Lawn, after whom
Lawnton was named when the Railway Department acquired land from him
for the building of the railway in 1888, had taken up land in 1862,
just two days after landing in Brisbane on board
The City of Brisbane.