Queensland Farmers' Co-operative Dairy Association building - also known at the Booval Butter Factory - November 1955.
Queensland Farmers' Co-operative Dairy Association building - also known at the Booval Butter Factory - November 1955. Queensland State Archives

Butter factory's rich history

THE BOOVAL Butter Factory opened in 1901 and played a significant part in the development south-east Queensland's dairy industry.

Before the end of 19th century dairy farming was a local industry with few steps between the farmer and the customer.

But industrialisation transformed the industry and dairy production moved to factories owned by private companies. Those companies profited from the sale of butter into the ration strapped Europe and United Kingdon during the Great Depression between 1929 and 1939, following the First World War.

By 1962 the factory, which incorporated milk in 1942, was producing 7000 bottles of milk per hour and 220,000 litres a week.

In 1970 more than six million gallons of milk was bottled at the plant worth $2.2 million for farmers and was providing more than 10,000 bottles of milk to 82 schools in the Ipswich area.

The factory was best known for its production of the famous Jacaranda Iced Coffee.

The Jacaranda St site was the first to be run by a farmers' cooperative and in 2005 became a centralised hub, taking in Dairy Farmers operations at Tingalpa and Caboolture when those factories closed. But in 2010 National Foods announced the factory would close, leading to the loss of 100 jobs with operations moved to the Crestmead site.



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