Paradise was a ghost town on the Burnett River South West of Bundaberg.
Originally the town of Paradise was established as a gold mining centre and then was fully abandoned once the gold ran out.
Only the Paradise Dam remains as the link to the past of this mining town which is now under water following dam construction and the site being inundated during 2003 to 2005.
Before this happened there was an archaeological excavation of the town site which was conducted by the University of Queensland, they found out a lot about the life in the town during its thriving times.
It’s hard to find out a lot about Paradise, but I’ll continue to revisit and search and add as I find out more.
Founded in 1889 Paradise was an entirely new settlement and the town folk utilised this to their advantage by trying to create a town rather than just knocking one up quickly as an addition to the existing tents.
A Town Reserve was proclaimed here in July 1891.
Like most gold towns in Queensland during this era it had no existing buildings, roads or any infrastructure, but the town survey in 1891 was to change this with grid like organization of its streets and allotments.
A post office opened in Paradise on 3 April 1890 and closed around June 1905 and there were plenty of other buildings and businesses in the town, hotels, grocery stores, drapers, court house, school, school of arts hall and more.
The town was abandoned by 1898 and I guess the Post Office was the indicator of when the last people left this little gold rush town that promised a lot and now is just a part of Queensland’s history.
Image above thanks to nla.gov.au