Leichhardt named Dogwood Creek and the little settlement which grew up nearby was called Dogwood Crossing. The name Miles commemorates a local landholder, William Miles, who was a Member of Parliament 1865-1887.
William Miles was born at
Slateford, near Edinburgh, in 1817 and came to Australia with his wife in 1838.
He gained experience in the pastoral industry by working on a number of
properties where he gained the reputation of having a sympathetic attitude
toward the Aboriginal people. He became a member of the Queensland
Parliament in 1865 and remain in parliament until his death in 1887.
The name comes from the Aboriginal
meel translated as eye, and merran meaning to look out. A site nearby was apparently used as a lookout by Aboriginal people. When the area around here was first thrown open for closer settlement it was simply known as Back Creek, part of the vast
Yandilla station. For a while it was called Domville, but in 1895 it became Millmerran.
If some Brisbane suburban names testify to royalist sentiments, Milton points to a famous anti-royalist writer of the 17th century. John Milton, better known as a poet, the author of
Paradise Lost, spent much of his life writing pamphlets against episcopacy and monarchy. He was a Puritan in the days of Oliver Cromwell in England.
At the suggestion of early German settlers, the town was, in 1879, named Minden after a town of that name in Westphalia, Germany. During the First World War it was re-named
Frenchton, but the name of Minden was restored in 1930.
Mitchelton was named after Nicholas Mitchell whose farm, purchased in 1875, was subdivided in 1894 as Mitchelton Estate.
According to the Queensland Railways, in one dialect this Aboriginal word meant stoney knob, but in another dialect referred to the Moreton Bay chestnut.
The suburban area gets its name from the creek,
said to mean home of the Easter Water Dragon,
Maggil in the Yugarubal language of the Jagara people. However Archibald Meston
said that Mohgil was the word used for a head in the language of the
Brisbane River Aborigines.
Hope was familiar with Molendinar Burn that flowed through Glasgow and so named
his property by that name in Queensland. When a railway station was built on his
land in 1891 it was called Molendinar
This town on the Blackall Range was named after the town of Montville in the American state of Connecticut. Originally known as Razorback, it was re-named by Henry and Edward Smith on the request of their mother, giving recognition to the town she, as Emma Irons, had come from.
The name which was originally given to a pioneer licensed holding is derived from the Aboriginal name for the locality. It was an appropriate name for the area, meaning land of thunderstorms. The Depratment of Public Instruction gave the name to the school in 1908. Moogerah Dam has, more recently, been formed by a dam built across Reynolds Creek.
The Aboriginal name for this district once covered in dense brigalow scrub was one which meant the shady place.
Ba meant place of, but what did Mooloola mean ? It seems there may have been two very similar Aboriginal words, one meaning red-bellied black snake, the other meaning schnapper fish. In 1862 the name for the cattle run here was Moolooloo. The township was originally referred to by white people as Mooloolah Heads. Mooloolaba was adopted in 1910 when Thomas O'Connor subdivided some of his land.
The name is said to have
been derived from an Aboriginal word for the red bellied black snake.
The township was named after the Moore family who owned