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(Steele, J.G., Aboriginal Pathways in Southeast Queensland and the Richmond River, p.63)
Gilston is a district in the heart of the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Settlement generally began with government legislation opening up the land for selection or settlement here in the 1860s.
Dairying and timber were traditionally the mainstay of the local economy. The community's social events focused around the School of Arts and the State school.
Looking back, the unity of the early communities came from their commitment to improve local facilities, their kinship and economic ties. Typically their work began with the building of churches, community halls and schools.
Today's community has a much broader network of social and work contacts.
Information and images provided by the City of Gold Coast Local Studies Collection.