Kureelpa Public Hall Assoc. Inc.
Cnr Mapleton Road and Jewett Road
Kureelpa, Qld 4560
post: PO Box 517, Nambour 4560
phone: 043 411 7249
Saturday August 26, 10am – 3pm
Kureelpa Tramstop Festival
Cost: Free with donation
Contact: Di Fitzgerald. 0422 576389 or Jan McArthur. 0403 336589
An Element of Kureelpa & Dulong Cultural Heritage
The “SHAY”, a geared steam locomotive presently on display in the Nambour Historical Museum is a hybrid of the ‘Mapleton’ and ‘Dulong’ locomotives which plied the tram route between Mapleton and Nambour . The line from Nambour sugar mill to Dulong and Kureelpa opened in about 1902/1903. Later the line extended to Mapleton from about 1911. The tramway was closed December 31, 1944. This tramline ran right beside the Kureelpa Hall and it made a stop for water and to collect produce and passengers, near the Kureelpa hall.
On the land beside the hall (Mapleton side) and in a number of other places nearby, the course of the line is clearly visible. It is believed that on the farm beside the hall there was a siding and nearby in what is now Jewett Road, one of the locos capsized.
The cuttings for the tramway are visible on the escarpment approaching Kureelpa Falls Road and across Kureelpa. This was usually a two and half hour journey for passengers and freight each way. Sometimes the tram carried people and often it carried produce from the farms between the two villages. The driver and guard always stopped to collect shopping lists and returned with groceries for people on this tramway.
Guided Walks Along the Tramway
11am, 1pm and 2pm
Guided walks for small groups (max 15) to neighbouring property, the site of the tramline/siding (Private Property). The plan is to walk part of the tramway to those who are physically able (level section).
Related Maps of Tramway
The Mapleton Men’s Shed will install timber stakes so that the course of the tramline is clearly visible from the front of the hall in the neighbouring paddock. A gallery of maps and photographs will detail the local history of the tramway.
“Full Steam Ahead” a recent DVD showing film footage of the journey between Nambour and Mapleton on the “SHAY” which is really a hybrid locomotive made from the “Dulong” and the “Mapleton” locos used on line.
History Of The Kureelpa Public Hall
Historic photos associated with the early history of the hall, particularly the Mapleton to Nambour Tramway.
Blackall Range Independent school will provide food from their school garden.
11:30am The Sunshine Brass Band will perform.
1:30pm Mapleton Community Choir.
Kureelpa Rural Fire Service, Kureelpa Spinners, Weavers & Fabric Artists and Aikido will be on display, along with local market stalls.
Kids can enjoy colouring and decorating a “Shay”.