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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This Moreton Bay island was called Rabbit Island
on a map dated 1884.
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.
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
Named after Henry August Keil who settled on its eastern slopes in 1880.
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.
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.