Kaimkillenbun

This name is thought to be derived from an Aboriginal language and is said to mean open mouth, possibly associated with a male initiation ceremony. 


Kalbar

In the 1870s settlers began to take up land in the Fassifern Scrub, part of the old Fassifern Station. In 1876 August Engels started trading from his farmhouse, but in the following year sold off most of his land to concentrate on running a store he built there. The township which developed was known as Engelsburg, but the name was changed in 1916 under the anti-German sentiment which prevailed during the First World War and when the railway line came through. An Aboriginal word was used. Kalbar is said by some to mean a place of brightness or a star, but by others to mean dry, dead trees. 

Kalinga

Kalinga sounds as though it could be an Aboriginal word, but it is believed to have been the name of an Indian town which Judge Lutwyche came across in his reading of The Exploits of Genghis Khan. 

Kallangur

The area was once part of Redlands belonging to Mrs Griffin of  Whiteside and which was acquired by Tom Petrie in 1855. The name comes from the Aboriginal word kalangoor, meaning a goodly or satisfactory place. 

Kandanga

The railway station was named after a nearby creek which, in turn,  was named by the  Aboriginal people Kandanga or Koondangoor,  literally meaning belonging to a mountain ridge. However it is suggested that the term had a deeper significance, referring to the magic pebbles that were supposed to exist inside certain dynamic individuals, or even the word used for a deceased person whose proper name could never be spoken.

Kangaroo Point

When John Oxley first saw the area now known as Kangaroo Point it was a jungle fringed with mangroves by the river and on the higher ground open forest covered with thick grass. Doubtlessly it was this grass which attracted the kangaroos thus giving the place its name.

Back in the early years of free settlement, Main Street was merely a track through the wattle and tea-tree scrub used by bullock teams. The crossing to Brisbane Town was at Petrie's Bight. The area was quarried for building stone. John Campbell established a boiling down works there in the 1840s. 

Karragarra

This Moreton Bay island was called Rabbit Island on a map dated 1884.

Kawana

The name for this group of communities between Currimundi Lake and the Mooloolah River is said to mean wildflowers in its Aboriginal origin. It was chosen by Alfred Grant the original developer in 1960. In 1977 it was one of Australia's largest real estate developments. When the canals were first opened they almost drained Lake Currimundi until corrective measures were taken.  

Kedron

The normally dry, sunbaked gully which runs between the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives is today called Wadi en-Nar, but in the Bible is referred to as the Brook Kidron. This biblical name, in the form of Kedron, was used by the German missionaries who settled at Nundah for the stream which ran by the hill on which they established their station in the late 1830s. The hill they called Zion's Hill reminiscent of the hill on which Jerusalem was built. Later the suburb of Kedron gained its name from Kedron Brook. 

Keil Mountain

Named after Henry August Keil who settled on its eastern slopes in 1880. 

Kelvin Grove                                                                                                

The personality behind the name of Kelvin Grove is that of the distinguished Brisbane medical practitioner and scientific researcher, Joseph Bancroft. He said that he called the house that he had built for himself and his wife, Ann, Kelvin Grove, to remind him of the many happy hours he had spent in those Glasgow gardens. He was twenty-eight years of age when they arrived in Brisbane with their children to begin life in a warmer climate. After graduating as a Doctor of Medicine from St Andrews University in Scotland and practising for a few years in Nottingham, he decided to come to Queensland where his first task was to build this house along by Enoggera Creek.

He set up his medical practice in the city, but it is for him many scientific researches and interests that he is best remembered today. He did research into the prevention and treatment of typhoid fever; discovered the worm which causes filaria and determined that it was carried by mosquitoes; sought to develop better strains of wheat, grapes and rice; investigated the properties of the Duboisia which has proved to be so commercially valuable to the South Burnett district; was involved in unsuccessful attempts to control Australia's rabbit plague; invented a process for drying and canning beef, but as a commercial venture at Deception Bay it failed.

He was quick of mind and of temper. Could be most abrupt, but because of his public spirited actions and his many achievements was admired by many. He died suddenly at the age of fifty-eight in 1894.

An hotel built by F.G.Walker on Bancroft land was also called Kelvin Grove. 

Kenilworth                                                                                                   

Mrs Smith was reading Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott when her husband, Richard Joseph Smith, made application for land on the east bank of the Mary River in 1850, and this suggested the name for the property. Under a number of different spellings it has also been known by the name of the creek nearby, Obi Obi. The Smiths sold Kenilworth in 1858. The town then derived its name from the station property.   

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