THe Blumberg Brothers
The Blumberg brothers Levi (Levian), Adolph (Abram) and Max (Mendel) left London on the 8th of July 1882 on the ship "Gauntlet" and arrived in Queensland, Australia on the 27th of October 1882. They made their way to the Fassifern District and traveled around the area and started selling their goods to the early settlers. At the time there were probably about forty or fifty families living in what was termed the Dugandan Scrub and a couple of farmers had set up primitive shops on their land. One can only imagine how wonderful it must have been for the families to have goods supplies available.
The Blumberg brothers must have found their niche with selling their goods because they bought a portion of land from John Betts It was on the corner of portion 50 and faced John Hooper's land selection. A number of buildings were already built on the Dugandan Flat to the south but the Blumbergs decided they wanted a spot up on the rise. A four room cottage was built and the store opened at the end of 1882. The building at this time doubled as a store and living quarters.
Towards the end of 1883 a petition was signed by residents and sent to the Post-master General asking for a post receiving office to be located at Blumberg's Store. It seems there was a bit of conflict in the newspaper about this.
In the Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908) Saturday 5 January 1884 page 3, Retrieved January 9 2016, a Dugandan correspondent complains about the problems of getting their post. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article121931100
Many of us have not yet received our Divisional Board rate-notices, and we wonder why they have not come to our proper address. Of course we would not mind if they never came if we were sure that we should not be put to inconvenience, and perhaps expense. Then, again, I am told that some have come in closed envelopes, and the ratepayers have been charged deficient postage and fined. If this is the case, I hope the mistake will not occur again. It is high time that we had a post or receiving office here. Messrs. Blumberg Bros.'new store would be a very convenient place for it. About two months ago, a petition was sent to the Post master-General asking for this concession, but I do not hear of any result yet. Most of us in the scrub on the western side of the creek have to go to Mr. M'Donald's at Dugandan. Sometimes we find that our letters and papers have been sent on to Mr. Johnson's, on the other side of the creek. Next time, should we go to this place, we find that they have not come from the station; and, again, such a thing has happened as their not being at either place, having been taken or sent to Blumberg's store.
It seems this offended someone who gave a reply in the Tuesday's paper. POSTAL AFFAIRS. (1884, January 8). Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), p. 3. Retrieved January 9, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article121930322
To the Editor of the Queensland Times.
With the paper claiming to not be responsible for the opinions of their correspondents, a reply letter is written in. ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. (1884, January 19).Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), p. 5. Retrieved January 9, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article121930077
In the Tuesday paper LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS. (1884, January 15).Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), p. 3. Retrieved January 11, 2016 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article121932342 it had been reported that a receiving-office would be opened at Blumberg's store near Dugandan and to ensure delivery, mail should be addressed "Blumberg's via Ipswich". After a while the area immediately surrounding the store became known as Blumbergville.
With the store becoming a post receiving office and the business performing particularly well a larger building was built near the original one in 1884. The cottage remained as their residence.
The Minecraft buildings above were styled from a photo from the book 'The Fassifern Story' by C.K.Pfeffer, page 210; Boonah Shire Council, 1991.
The Blumberg brothers played a large role in the early town. Besides owning and running a general store, they also built and ran a hotel, Max was a shoe and boot merchant and Levi was also a Justice of the Peace and played a large role in the Boonah Police Court. Those stories however will have to wait for another time.
Instead, let's progress to the present day. The large clock in front of the Council Offices on High Street needed some repairs and maintenance. A new clock was commissioned, a piece of art to pay tribute to the rural community for overcoming the hardships of the 2011 and 2013 floods. The clock was designed and created by local sculptor Christopher Trotter with the help of clock maker David Bland. The clock was made from recycled objects and equipment from earlier times. For example the body is a firebox from a portable steam engine and a chaff cutting blade was used for the chicken's tail. For a more detailed picture of some of the parts take a look at the ScenicRim Council Website. The clock was unveiled on the 13th June 2014. It is five metres tall, took eighteen months to design and create and stands proudly on the main street of Boonah, in front of the Council Offices. A whimsical tribute to those early pioneers as well as the present day community.