Caloundra's Heritage and History
The Caloundra area has a long history of habitation by indigenous people from the Undumbi, Nalbo, Dallambarra and Gubbi Gubbi clans.
Captain James Cook sighted and named the Glass Houses (Glass House Mountains) in May 1770. Matthew Flinders was the first of several other explorers to come to the region. He navigated the southern portion of the Pumicestone Passage and climbed Mt Beerwah in July 1799.
The first Europeans to live in the region were runaway convicts who lived with local Aborigines in the late 1820s.
In 1868 the Government opened up large areas of land for settlement which had previously been unavailable.
From 1860, timber-getters seeking giant red cedar trees became early pioneers of the hinterland and railway corridor districts.
Landsborough Shire was formed on February 22, 1912 after seceding from the Caboolture Divisional Board. Landsborough Shire attained City status on December 19, 1987 and was renamed Caloundra City.
Times of Change: A History of Caloundra City takes readers on a journey from pre-European settlement times to present day.
The story tracks families, people, industries, places and charts the growth of our communities from fledgling towns into the bustling regional city we know today.
The author is Gary McKay, an acclaimed Australian writer of non-fiction literature who has extensive experience working with oral histories.
McKay penned the book with the help of:
- Caloundra City Libraries; and
- a community-based reference committee which comprises representatives from local historical groups and individuals with extensive knowledge of our City's heritage.
The publication boasts more than 200 black-and-white images from the Caloundra City Libraries Local History collection, local residents and the State Library of Queensland.
Times of Change: A History of Caloundra City is available for purchase from Caloundra City Libraries, Council’s Customer Service Centre, the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Visitor Information Centres and selected bookstores.
The paperback version of the book retails for $29.95 with a limited number of special edition hard covers available for $39.95.