Pioneer walk to start celebrations
BINJOUR Plateau's centenary celebrations will start with a pioneer walk on November 7 from the first campsite of its earliest German settlers at the corner of the Burnett Highway and Darlingtons Road.
Some of the descendants of about 50 families who migrated from Germany in 1909 to pioneer the virgin scrublands still live in the area or nearby.
They include Bramers, Heidrichs, Hildebrands, Mankofskis, Meyers, Oppermanns, Prygodas, Schiffkes, Schneiders and Wengels.
Still others, Reverend Wayne Bramer of Binjour's Apostolic Church said, were keen to return for the celebrations.
On November 28, the church will host a thanksgiving service, plaque unveiling, lunch and centenary cake, dignitaries' speeches and possibly a small concert.
A commemorative booklet will outline the Germans' pioneering history and the history of the local church which was an integral part of the settlers' lives.