A small service town in the Darling Downs. Millmerran holds a
popular biennial Australian Camp Oven Festival and The National
Rendezvous of muzzle-load rifle shooters is also held every two years.
Location: 210 km south-west of Brisbane; 407 m above sea-level.
Places of interest: Condamine River; township of Yandilla; All Saints
Anglican Church, Yandilla (1880, the second-oldest church in
Queensland; pioneer graveyard); Millmerran Historical Society Museum
(Yandilla Station's 'Water Baby' steam launch)
Millmerran Historical Murals
Follow the trail of Millmerran and Cecil Plains' historical murals,
where various stages of the region's history are depicted on the side
of buildings. The Old Millmerran Butter Factory Mural depicts the
development of the dairy industry. Swim costume fashions of years gone
by feature on the wall of Millmerran's Swimming Pool. The Millmerran
Reservoir Mural shows the development of transport from the nineteenth
century to the early part of the twentieth century. The four giant
Murals at the Cecil Plains Memorial Hall illustrate life on the land
and the coming of the railway line.
Origin of name: it is thought that the town's name comes from two
Aboriginal words 'meel' meaning 'eye' and 'merran' meaning 'to look
out'. It refers to a lookout used by the local Aborigines near the
locality. When the town was established in 1881, the area was known
simply as Back Creek (it was the creek behind Yandilla Homestead). It
later became known as Domville and in 1895 it finally became known as
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The first European settlers were brothers Ralph and St George R.
Gore who established the vast Yandilla Station in 1841. At one time the
station was the size of a small township with its own store, telegraph
station and school with a student population of around 20 to 30. The
township of Millmerran grew as a direct result of the Crown Lands
Alienation Act of 1876 which saw a portion of Yandilla Station selected
by Edward Walpole who, in 1881, set up a general store. As a result of
the change in land use, dairy farming became the backbone of the local
economy, however piggeries, beef cattle, sheep, wheat and poultry
farming and even apiaries emerged.