Innisplain dairy farm up for sale with a whole lot of history

FOR SALE: The property on Telemon Homestead Road is on the market with C1 Reatly. Photo: Supplied
FOR SALE: The property on Telemon Homestead Road is on the market with C1 Reatly. Photo: Supplied

TELEMON dairy farm, a feature of the Beaudesert Times and the region's history, is up for sale.

Real estate agent Daniel Bukowski from C1 Realty said the property included 298.6 hectares of prime farmland on Telemon Homestead Road at Innisplain.

Mr Bukowski said the original homestead is not part of the sale as the home had fallen into disrepair and was no longer habitable.

"It is a magnificent parcel of land for a dairy farm or growing lucerne or other crops," he said.

Former resident of Telemon Homestead Chris Dawe, said he lived on the property from the 1970s to 2000 with his parents Reg and Lyn Dawe and his four siblings.

"Telemon was the first homestead in the district, he said.

"I grew up in that house, it was a massive old Queenslander on the hill, a sprawling homestead.

"We had an idyllic childhood on the banks of the Logan River.

"When I grew up there was an old lady who used to live by the river.

"She was a Polish immigrant who came here after WWII and she kept to herself.

"She refused the offer to come and live up at the house but my dad and Ray Drynan used to look out for her.

"She used to go through our paddock and pick up potatoes.

"Then one day they found her dead at her campsite. There would be people in the area who still remember her but it would be sad for her story to just drift away."

Mr Dawe said he was sad to hear the original homestead might be demolished.

"I think if people were aware of the history of 'Telemon Homestead' it would be more likely to be save," he said.

Telemon Homestead in earlier times.

Telemon Homestead in earlier times.

In 1959 the Beaudesert Times published excerpts from the memoirs of Carden Collins, whose family were part of the very early history of Telemon in the 1800s.

Mr Collins, then 85, spoke about the family moving to Beaudesert from the Darling Downs after arriving in Australia from England in 1829.

"Just before we went to Telemon, John Collins, who was not in any way related to us, took up Mundoolun on the Albert River," Mr Collins said.

"He was a fine old chap. The late RM, William and George Collins were three sons of a good father.

"While my father was on Telemon I founded Tamborine Station on the Albert Rivernear Mundoolun, which I sold after holding it for a couple of years to Charlie Graham.

"The latter however, made a mess of it and died in Rockhampton a short time after leaving the property. A Mr Williams afterwards purchased Tamborine from Mr Tooth, but he too only held it for a short while.

Mr Duckett White took up Beau Desert in the early 60's. Goldblue Beau Desert. It was a fine place.

"Mr W Barker, of Tamrookum, whose place was only two miles from Telemon, was another neighbour of mine."

Expressions of interest for the property close at 5pm on August 7. Call Daniel Bukowski on 0427 007 116.