PIONEERS: The Carrollee Hotel and adjacent shops in Kingaroy in 1915.
PIONEERS: The Carrollee Hotel and adjacent shops in Kingaroy in 1915. State Library of Queensland

LOOKING BACK: The Carrollee takes a bet on a new town

THE latest renovations at the Carrollee Hotel boast a new modern look, but the pub also boasts a rich history in Kingaroy's early days.

Dan Carroll was the first man to establish a home in Kingaroy, according to a special 1935 feature for The Kingaroy Guardian and Taabinga Times.

He built the Carrollee Hotel in 1904 before the railway came through, and over the years showed his confidence in its future.

Mr Carroll told the Kingaroy Guardian and Taabinga Times when he first built, he was firmly convinced that a prosperous future lay before Kingaroy.

He told people Kingaroy would outgrow the already established townships of Nanango and Taabinga Village.

The businessman was ridiculed by friends from Nanango who told him to abandon his dreams as they believed the town of Kingaroy would die out once the timber in the region was exhausted.

The talk of a township on the site of his selection was a standing joke in Nanango for many years.

Early Kingaroy settlers were also told the lack of surface water would make agricultural and dairying pursuits out of question.

The dense scrub around the district's hills concealed the rich fertile soils, also discouraging many would-be settlers who chose the more easily prepared forest blocks.

The Kingaroy township had progressed rapidly, however there were times where some businessmen moved on to 'better districts.'

The Carrollee Hotel in Kingaroy, Queensland in 1983.
The Carrollee Hotel in Kingaroy, Queensland in 1983. State Library of Queensland

Mr Carroll's faith in the district grew stronger over the years and had a personal contact with practically every phase of the rural pursuits in the district, as well as many of the business callings.

He told Kingaroy Guardian and Taabinga Times reporters that perseverance and industry would ensure success to anyone.

Mr Carroll's faith in Kingaroy was evident in the fact that he had never invested one penny outside of the district, and had no interests elsewhere even after 50 years in Queensland.

Whatever profits he had earned, he put back by way of buildings to improve the appearance of the town.

He always made a point to trust the work to Kingaroy tradesmen.

Mr Carroll watched the town grow and knew that it would continue to grow if those who had its future at heart took precautions to see that innovations were sound as well as progressive.

Read more stories looking back at history in the South Burnett here.

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