The Dayboro area was originally referred to as the Upper North Pine district and the early settlers were mainly farmers, timber getters and bullockies. In 1866 John McKenzie became the first permanent resident and the area where he lived was known as Fishery Pocket. It was also known as Hellhole as the bullockies found the river crossing there very difficult. The township was known as Hamilton from 1875 when the first mail service was established. In 1892 the name was changed to Terrors Creek as the area where the town now stands was called Terrors Paddock after an Arab stallion named Terah. In 1917 the name was changed to Dayboro after William Henry Day who leased the town land for a sugar plantation in 1867. As settlers moved in various localities were also named and a thriving community developed centered on the town.


Township and Locality Names

Early Businesses
Social Life

Fishery Pocket

John McKenzie

Daniel McIver & William Stewart

Hans Rohlf

Terrors Paddock

William Henry Day

John & Henry Raynbird

Rush Creek

Thomas Baynton Ford & George Joyce

& Ernest Augustus Morris Goertz

Laceys Creek

William Nugent

Hugh Alexander Strain

Mt Pleasant

Charles Thomas Williams

William John McCracken & Thomas Strain

Timber Industry

Dairy Farming

Other Farming Activities

The Sugar Industry

Hotel and Stores 1

Hotel and Stores 2

Early Services


Telegraph and Telephone & Electricity

Schools 1

Schools 2



Ambulance, Hospital & Local Government


Halls 1

Halls 2

Races, Rodeos, Shows & Sports 1

Races, Rodeos, Shows & Sports 2

Military Services

Mounted Infantry

Boer War 1899-1902

World War One 1914-1918

World War Two 1939-1945



Photos 1866-1966  


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