Montville History Group acknowledges the traditional custodians of this part of the Sunshine Coast, the Jinibara people and the people of the coastal and lowland areas, the Kabi Kabi. We pay our respects to the keepers of their stories and traditions, their elders past, present and emerging.
This web site was created by the volunteer members of the Montville Historical Group. We are currently focusing on the evolution of Montville, Flaxton and Hunchy and will be adding more stories and photographs as time goes by.
If you have photos, stories, family histories or recollections to share about Hinterland districts including Montville, Flaxton, Balmoral and Hunchy we would love to hear from you.
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This Month – February
The next book in the Montville Stories Series is about the people from Montville, Flaxton and Hunchy who enlisted in World War Two. Here is a snippet from a popular Flaxton enlistee – MAJOR ROBIN MUIRHEAD (BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL)
Born at Flaxton on 10 October 1910, the son of a well-known Flaxton and Montville family, Rob Muirhead attended the Montville State School and excelled academically along with his sisters Hazel and Jessie. Rob enlisted in the AIF in May 1940 aged 29 years. He had previously worked on farms and had tried his hand at gold mining. He was a surf life saver at Maroochy, and a keen sportsman excelling at cricket, football and boxing. He was single when he enlisted.
When assigned to the 2/1 Ordinance Corps, he said he had no idea what ‘ordinance’ even meant but during his long and distinguished military career, he had plenty of opportunity to find out.
World War Two (WW2) was quite a different war from WW1 and impacted on our community differently. Although Montville was a bigger community in the WW2 years than it was during WW1, far more of its young people enlisted. The WW2 Honour records 93 served, most of whom were Montville born and attended the Montville State School in the decade between 1932 and 1942. Another dramatic difference was that 13 of these were women who filled a range of support roles including communications, transport, and nursing – for the first time our young women went to war.
Book 9 Part Two will be available from ANZAC Day 2024 and will retail at $25.00
This is the story of E. Glenn Lawrance and the iconic flora and fauna sanctuary, tearooms, and guest house he created at his property High Tor, Maleny, from the late 1930s.
Available from Montville Post Office, this website (just send us an email) or at the Montville monthly markets at the Village Hall every 2nd Saturday 7.30 – 12.00 noon.
Front Cover Glenn Lawrance of High Tor
We start a new series – Montville Gems – stories about much-loved Montville people who have helped shaped the Montville we love today.