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Cunningham
Queensland
Country Women's Association Memorial Hall, Cunningham, 2015.JPG
Country Women's Association Memorial Hall, Cunningham, 2015
Postcode(s) 4370
LGA(s) Southern Downs Region
State electorate(s) Southern Downs
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Suburbs around Cunningham:
Pratten Upper Wheatvale Wheatvale
Montrose Cunningham Wheatvale
Greymare Rodgers Creek Rodgers Creek

Cunningham is a locality in the Southern Downs Region, Queensland, Australia.

History

The locality is named after explorer and botanist Allan Cunningham who was the first European to see the lush pastures of the Darling Downs in 1827.

Geography

The Condamine River forms the north-eastern boundary of the locality. The Cunningham Highway passes through the locality in an approximately east-west direction and forms part of the southern boundary. The South Western railway line passes through the locality from the north-east to the south-west. The land is mostly used for farming. There is a small urban centre on the Leyburn-Cunningham Road which features the Country Women's Association Memorial Hall, a memorial park and the now disused Cunningham railway station.

Amenities

Memorial park, Cunningham, Queensland, 2015
Memorial park, 2015
Memorial to Patrick Leslie, Cunningham, 2015
Memorial to Patrick Leslie, Cunningham, 2015
War memorial, Cunningham, 2015
War memorial, Cunningham, 2015
Monument to local pioneering families (Clancy, Mullins, McMahon, Cantwell), memorial park, Cunningham, 2015 03
Monument to local pioneering families, 2015

The memorial park has a picnic table as well as three memorials to (left to right):

  • Patrick Leslie, the first settler on the Darling Downs who founded Toolburra Station north of the park
  • the local servicemen who died in World War I and World War II
  • the pioneer families of the district: Clancy, Mullins, McMahon and Cantwell

The memorial cairn to Patrick Leslie was erected by the Rosenthal Shire Council and unveiled on 10 December 1959 by the Shire Chairman, J. A. Costello.

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