Historic Jacarandas to join official Character Place list
SIXTEEN Jacaranda trees located on the former Queensland Farmers' Co-operative Company site at 111 Jacaranda Street, North Booval will be provisionally listed in Schedule 2 - Character Places, Trees and Vegetation, of the Ipswich Planning Scheme.
Planning and Development Committee Chairman Councillor Paul Tully said this listing recognised the historical significance of both the site and old trees.
"The nominated Jacaranda trees (Jacaranda Mimosifolia) are located on the site of the former Queensland Farmers' Co-operative Company.
"The Ipswich branch of the company was founded in 1899 after Peter Larsen, who was a resident of the Ma Ma Creek area, proposed the establishment of a Butter factory in the Ipswich area.
"The site was approved at a meeting of shareholders on 27 January 1900.
"In June of that year, Mr Ferrett's property at Booval was selected and three months later a tender for the erection of the factory building by Laister and Wiley was accepted, with the factory officially opened on 18 May 1902.
"In December 1911 the Queensland Farmers' Co-operative Company notified through advertisements in the Queensland Times that the brand of their first-grade butter known as 'Orange Blossom' had been changed to 'Jacaranda'.
"Six years later the road formerly known as Butter Factory Road became known as Jacaranda Street. It is unknown if the planting of Jacaranda trees predated the rebranding or were planted following, but we know these trees formed an iconic part of the butter factory's identity.
"As the site has been extensively redeveloped over time the Jacaranda trees are the only remaining remnants of the earlier factory and it is proposed to permanently protect them for generations to come."
Public consultation will now be undertaken before Council makes a final decision on permanently listing the trees.