QueenslandPlaces.com.au describes Landsborough:
Landsborough, a rural township undergoing urbanisation, is 18 km from Caloundra and 70 km north of central Brisbane. It is on the North Coast railway line.
Originally known as Mellum Creek, the locality was first taken up for farm selections in 1871. The rudimentary settlement was used as a stopping point for Cobb and Co coaches making the run to the Gympie gold fields. In 1888 the Mellum Club Hotel opened, and two years later the railway line from Caboolture was opened, the local stop named ‘Landsborough’ after William Landsborough (1825-86), who explored the Carpentaria region and settled at Caloundra toward the end of his life. Around that time Henry Dyer began business in Landsborough, and by 1904 he had a store, butcher shop, bakery, drapery and sawmill. The other large storekeeper was John Tytherleigh, who had branch stores in Maleny and Woombye. Landsborough also had Primitive Methodist and Anglican churches, a racing club and a State primary school (originally “Mellum Creek”, dating from 1879).
Landsborough was described in the 1903 Australian handbook:
As the timber was harvested from the ranges around Landsborough, dairying, orchards and plantations took over the cleared land. The timber harvest, however, continued for decades, drawing on Witta to the west. In 1924 Pugh’s Queensland Directory recorded five sawmillers in the Landsborough district.
Landsborough became the administrative centre of Landsborough Shire, formed in 1912 by severance from Caboolture Shire. The shire council met in Dyer’s hall until a rudimentary shire office was built in 1913. Little or no new building happened during World War I, but things came in a rush in the 1920s: a peace memorial park (1922), a school of arts and new shire chambers (both 1924). There were also the Mellum Club Hotel, two stores and many farmers, nearly all fruit growers.
With an area of over 400 sq miles, Landsborough Shire included Caloundra, Maleny and Beerburrum. Its settlements were a mixture of rural and coastal-resort, as described in 1946 in the Australian Blue Book:
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