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A monument commemorates the pioneers of Harrisville and Robert Dunn who purchased land where Harrisville now stands. 

Harrisville was established in the early 1860s, when the Queensland Government began to encourage settlement in country areas. As one of these initiatives, Ipswich Agricultural Reserve was established around Warrill and Warroolaba Creeks. In this reserve, land was surveyed into small blocks and made available for settlers. The land was fertile and by 1864, there were already 27 thriving farms. More were growing cotton, taking advantage of a world-wide shortage during the American Civil War.

Other crops were oats, maize, potatoes and tobacco. In 1870, merchants George and John Harris bought land from early settler Robert Dunn and established a store and a cotton gin (a machine to separate seed from cotton). The property was sold to Cribb and Foote in 1873.


Address:Queen Street, Memorial Park, Harrisville, 4307
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.811389
Long: 152.666667
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 19th October, 1963
Front Inscription

          This Cairn 
Was Raised To The Pioneers 
Harrisville & District 
And Robert Dunn Who Purchased 
The Land Where Harrisville Now 
Stands On January 8th 1863.
Unveiled On October 19th 1963 By 
The Honourable J.C.A Pizzey M.L.A. 
Minister for Education.

Source: MA
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