Queensland hospitals on the pandemic frontline – Kingaroy
Our second installation of Queensland’s hospital history explores the town of Kingaroy, located around two and a half hours’ drive north-west of Brisbane. Kingaroy is known as the peanut capital of Australia, but the region has also seen growth in in the wine industry, with wineries becoming popular attractions.
The South Burnett region attracted a lot of Scandinavian and German immigrants during the assisted immigration scheme of the late 1800s. While the residents of Kingaroy were transported to Gympie, Maryborough, or Brisbane if they needed medical care it appears that a private hospital, St. Aubyn’s, pre-dated a public hospital in Kingaroy. St. Aubyn’s was in existence in 1910; I haven’t yet found a source to verify when it opened.
In the years since, Kingaroy Hospital has seen the construction of extra buildings and extensions to existing infrastructure. It is currently undergoing redevelopment.
Stacey Larner - Librarian, State Library of Queensland