Murrarie is one of those
districts that got its name when the railway came through. An
Aboriginal word meaning plenty of sweet water was adopted.
Tom Petrie's acquisition of
the property after which Murrumba Downs is named was unusual in that it
involved the consent of the local Aboriginal people. Dalaipi of the
local tribe offered him land along the North Pine River when he learnt
that Tom was looking for a place to which he might bring his young
wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Campbell of John Campbell and Sons,
In 1890 the name was changed from Waterworks Road to honour the memory of Sir Anthony Musgrave, Governor of Queensland, 1883-1888.
The present name is the Aboriginal name for the area. It means sticky gully.
Frank Brennan, in 1865, named this Darling Downs creek after the Myall Scrub, a name said to be derived from the Aboriginal
myalla meaning big talk.
The freshwater springs of
Myora on Stradbroke Island were at one time used by the Helidon Spa
Water Company for its drinks, and they have provided many people, both
of the Noonuckles and of the white newcomers with cool refreshing
water. It appears that, in Aboriginal usage, the name Moongalba was
applied to these springs. It is now used for another site nearby. Myora
meant a gathering.