PITTSWORTH

Pittsworth is a small town located 41km south-west of Toowoomba (on the road to Millmerran) and 169km south-west of Brisbane. It is 518m above sea level. Pittsworth boasts many interesting buildings that represent a great deal of historical importance. It is also a town that services many surrounding agricultural areas. Pittsworth's population is around 2,500 people. However the three surrounding towns of Mount Tyson, Brookstead and Southbrook all have a population of approximately 150 people each.  The Silky Oak trees and Jacarandas in and around town are a beautiful sight during late spring when they flower.

 

The township of Pittsworth is located on the basalt upland section of the shire which is undulating and plays host to most of the mixed farming and animal industries of the shire. The remainder of the shire is alluvial flood plain which mostly leads directly to the north branch of the Condamine River. Some of the best quality grains and cotton in Australia is provided for by this flood plain. Pittsworth experiences a temperate climate with extreme variations between summer and winter due to it being around 150 km inland and 520m above sea level. The average rainfall per annum is 695 mm with the summer months providing the higher rainfalls.

 

From the tender green shoots of newly planted grain crops to the yellow hues of ripened seed heads during harvest time, the irrigated farmlands surrounding Pittsworth present an ever-changing kaleidoscope of coulour.  The town is noted not only for the fertility of its black-soil plains, but also for its cheeses, the 'Pittsworth Mild' having won a number of prizes including, in 1924, an invitation from the Australian Committee of the Empire Exhibition to produce a giant cheese for the exhibition in London.  The patriotic citizens of Pittsworth duly produced a circular cheese weighing one-and-a-half tonnes!

 

One of the Darling Downs' best historical museums has a display from the Pittsworth Cheese Factory showing the complete cheese-making process.  Also in the museum are the sash and trophy belonging to the Pittsworth-born 'Crimson Flash', otherwise known as Arthur Postle, who was acclaimed the 'fastest man alive' when he was awarded the World Championship Cup for the 220-yard dash in 1906.

 

Modern Pittsworth is a pretty town, proud of its landscaped retirement village and streets and that erupt with the colourful blooms of Jacarandas and flowering Silky-Oaks during spring.  Many residents commute daily to work in nearby Toowoomba.

 

Pittsworth is named for the family which held one of the downs' early stations, 'Goombungee' in 1854.  Initially known as Beauaraba, the name was changed in 1915.

 

Pittsworth Historical Village on Pioneer Way is well worth paying a visit.  This historical village captures the mood of the past with local sporting heroes, soldiers, pioneering settlers and Aborigines all honoured in a varied collection of historic artefacts.

 

PITTSWORTH HISTORY

Pittsworth was discovered by Allan Cunningham, the great explorer and botanist.  It was in early June 1827 that he discovered and named the area around Warwick and to the north, the Darling Downs.