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Lawnton

About Lawnton

Lawnton is positioned between the suburbs of Bray Park, Strathpine, Murrumba Downs, Petrie and Joyner. A largely residential suburb, however, Lawnton does contain an industrial estate as well as retail and commerce establishments along Gympie Road providing significant employment options for locals.

Parks and reserves are dotted throughout the suburb, offering locals an easy escape to nature.

Lawnton Railway station provides access for residents to commute to Brisbane, Cleveland, Ipswich, Beenleigh, Springfield and Kippa-Ring.

Educational facilities include Lawnton State School and Pine Rivers Special School. Secondary schools are located in neighbouring suburbs.

Things to see and do in Lawnton

History of Lawnton

The origin of the suburb name is from an early property owner, the blacksmith Stephen Lawn

Stephen Lawn (1836-1917) was a farmer, blacksmith and wheelwright in the North Pine/Lawnton area during the late 19th century. Lawn migrated to Queensland from Helmsley, Yorkshire, England, in 1862 and selected land north of the North Pine River in partnership with John Atkinson Thompson.

In 1873, he bought better land south of the River and moved his business to the new site located near today's Lawnton Tavern. As some of this land was acquired for the construction of the North Coast Railway in 1887, the Lawnton Railway Station and the surrounding district were named in his honour.

The first farmers grew a variety of crops, but later farmers specialised in dairying and pig raising and cultivated lucerne, maize, wheat and cow cane as fodder crops. From 1888 until the 1930s, when road transport took over, large quantities of fresh milk were railed to Brisbane from the Lawnton Railway Station.

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