Some history about Buderim on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
We have many places to enjoy coffee on Buderim today....in fact Buderim could be in the running for the most coffee shops per capita in my opinion.....but in the early years of settlement Buderim was known more for coffee growing than for coffee drinking.
In the 1890s sugar was becoming less profitable and many farmers turned to growing coffee and bananas.....and we might only find one coffee tree but there are still plenty of bananas on the farm here in 2013. Coffee actually grew well on the slopes mixed in with banana trees. The subtropical climate and rich soil was ideal....what did David's dad say? (I have it written somewhere else if you have been paying attention) "the best soil in the world"
In 1899 Buderim Queensland Australia won a Coffee Gold Medal Award London 1899...front of me .....there is a banner somewhere.
According to a recent write up an E J Burnett won a prize in that year.......so a bit more research needed.
Coffee by the way is a much easier product to transport than bananas and other fruits.
The first coffee plants were brought to Buderim in 1872 by Joseph Dixon and we have Dixon Road on Buderim today. Then Gustave Riebe planted in the 1880's....and on the farm right here where we live ... later bought by this family....and now the last farm on Buderim and still growing bananas, fruit, and vegetables.
Mr Riebe actually invented a machine to remove the skin from the coffee bean...an engineer Price Jones then invented a more efficient machine.
By 1911 Buderim was the largest coffee growing area in Queensland but in the end rising costs led to its demise and South America with cheaper labour produced coffee more economically.
So would you join me in a cup of coffee...on Buderim
Buderim Queensland Australia
Palmyra Farm the Wises’ Historic Farming Property from 1901 was first selected by G.A. Reibe , an Hungarian immigrant in 1880. The origin of the name remains a mystery. It may have been from one of the ships which sailed to Australia bringing the early settlers or even an island in the Pacific ocean. By the turn of the century Palmyra Farm was predominately a coffee plantation and home of the award winning Mountain Gold coffee. Tropical fruit , much of which was brought to the farm from exotic shores by Mr. Reibe’s merchant navy son ,still flourishes in “the best soil in the world” to this day. In the “hey day” of the Buderim tram (mid 1920’s) which transported folk from Buderim to Palmwoods 1300 people came through the gate in one year to buy fresh fruit and honey from the Wise family. Then in 2001 Frank Wise celebrated 100 years with his family and friends in the beautiful grounds of the old Palmyra amid the mango trees , bananas, and bee hives to which he had tended all his life. It is the intention of the Wise brothers, David & Peter, to maintain and improve this historic property.
Feeling a bit weary after your long haul flight or just driving the long distances between places in Australia? Well I have the answer.
'On Buderim' in Queensland Australia you will find a lady who will give you a really top remedial massage... and at a price you can afford. You will feel relaxed in the pleasant quiet surroundings enhanced with soft candle light (well she will give you a candle I am sure and if she doesn't tell her I sent you!)
Maybe you would like Julie to concentrate on your feet and legs...very important after a long flight or to work her magic on your back or maybe it is your neck that needs attention. I am sure you will feel the benefits straight away and want another treatment before you leave.
Julie is well qualified in a range of therapies.....Sports and Work injuries, Reiki & Relaxation, Reflexology, Pregnancy Massage as well as a range of beauty treatments.
You will find Bodyworks and Beauty in Shop6 in the Gloucester Centre right next door to Le Baroque tea house and cafe where you can enjoy a 'cuppa' after your treatment.
So drive up to Buderim...just a few minutes form Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headlands, Cotton Tree, and Maroochydore. Look for the traffic lights on the corner of Gloucester Road and Main Street and park behind the Gloucester Centre. You do not go as far as the main shopping area.
Open Tuesday to Saturday........phone for an appointment best.
You are on holidays on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia and you have a problem with some shoes....I have the answer!
Rob Bowler does not just do 1/2 soles and heels....he is a creator...a fixer...a miracle man.....and yes he is a REAL bootmaker.
According to his card he offers the following services
Colouring and covering
Pet tags/ Key cutting
Watch batteries & Bands
So if you buy a pair of boots and they are tight....he will stretch them
If they are a bit large...he does some magic and they fit
You need the back of heel raised because your orthotic lifts your foot too high he fits a piece of leather across the back
You have a plain pair of shoes and want a swede flower attached...well he can do that.
PS Overheard some ladies talking in a shop in our main shopping centre a while back and they were praising the skills of our Buderim shoe maker.
Rob does ask now a days that you pay in advance...seems like he can do the work and you forget to come back!
Shop 16 Buderim Mall 86 Burnett Street.....not hard to find on Buderim
A noticed a new book shop just near the National Bank and I thought it was just a second hand book shop....but 'no' it is more than that...not old second novels that are not worth even picking up to look at....we have a Rare Book Shop.
But just for a light read there are a few novels on special just outside the door.
When I have a bit more time I will delve into its treasures and let you know in case you want to fly over from London or Paris or New York to have a look.You just never know....I have since met the owner/manager and she is very well read and most obliging.
Well the old Post Office has been put to really good use on Buderim. Information is available to Visitors to the Sunshine Coast as well as the wider community.
So if you would like to know what to see or where to go call in. You can buy tickets to local concerts and plays and I have seen the volunteers help out with bus timetables.
In other words the volunteers "are a mine of information and would be glad to see you"
Hours are 10am to 4pm on week days and 10 am to 12md on Saturday
You will find the OPO on the "Hub" of Buderim where 4 roads meet. On the corner of Lindsay Road and Burnett Street.......
Buderim District is all set to hail its Living Legends to celbrate Australia Day 2012.
To be invited to be a living legend one has to be born on Buderim ( well maybe conceived as Buderim Mums often had to travel to Brisbane for the birth of the babe in the pioneer days). The person must still be living in the district.
"These residents will be acknowledged, honoured and celebrated during the B150 celebrations in 2012, a year-long festival of events commemorating 150 years of unique Buderim community spirit.
The Living Legends project aims to bring together all those who were born or living on Buderim prior to the end of 1945, who still live on or near Buderim. It promises to be “bigger than Ben Hur” ".
PS Some more photos in a Buderim travelogue.
You will see the photo in front of the helium balloon...The lady is one of the most hard working members of the Buderim Community...the boy is 5th generation at Buderim school
Find more information here on the official web site
So you can guess who is a living legend and will be driving the Hudson filled with some other living legends and maybe me on Australia day? Well the extrene weather in SE Queensland put an end to the parade...but there was a concert 2012
For more photos and stories of the legends look at this travelogue
BUDERIM is the place to be
Between the hinterland and the SEA
A village atmosphere you will find
The LOCALS all polite and kind
Once famous for its ginger farms
Now a thriving village full of CHARM
with cafes, boutiques and walks galore,
And ocean views you will adore.
Yes, BUDERIM is the place to be,
A well-kept secret
to be enjoyed by you and ME.
56 Burnett St
Buderim QLD 4556
If you are along time Buderim resident or even a pioneer citizen you could very well say "I live ON Buderim" because you do. You do live on a mountain.
Some of the streets and places are named after early Buderim inhabitants: Lindsay Road ,Feeley St
Foote Sanctuary ,Jones'Road, and Dixon Road to name a few.
The Old Post Office on the corner of Lindsay Road and the main street is the place to go for information on Buderim's history.
The Buderim Old Post Office Community Information Centre is open 6 days a week, Mon-Fri from 10am to 4pm, & Sat 10am to 1pm.
But always remember you are ON Buderim not in it.