In the old days, Carr's Quarry was established near the existing Mortimer Road to supply blue metal ballast for the building of the interstate railway line to New South Wales.  A railway line originally ran from Nyanda Crossing on Beaudesert Road to Carr's Quarry.  When the quarry was abandoned, it filled with water and became a very popular swimming hole for all of the locals. 

The Acacia Ridge State School even used it for swimming lessons.  One past student of the Acacia Ridge State School remembered a Mr. Freney sitting on the edge of the quarry with a rubber tube tied to a rope, ready to drag out any student who got into trouble in the 30 metre deep waters of the quarry.

NOTE:  The above information was sourced from a booklet called "Acacia Ridge State School - Centenary Souvenir 1969".  A copy is held in the Local History section at the Sunnybank Hills Library in Brisbane.


Does anyone have an early photographs of Carr's Quarry when it was used as a quarry or when it was used as a local swimming hole?

Does anyone have any more information on its early history?

Who was Mr Carr?



Subject:   Re: Archerfield quarry
Date:           Mon, 8 Nov 1999 20:04:25 +1000
From:          "PETer and susAN Cokley" <petan@ion.com.au>

Hi Peter,

re the Archerfield quarry train line.

I quote from "Destination South Brisbane" by John Kerr and John Armstrong, published by the Australian Railway Historical Society, QLD Division, 1978. Page 27 and pages 73-76.

The train siding from Rocklea Station yard was 2 mile 34 chains completed in 1913. This began at the end of the former livestock siding at Rocklea station yard, ran parallel to the main line to near the site of the present day Nyanda platform [ closed 11/78] than headed south across Stable Swamp CK, and along the eastern edge of Beatty RD, past what is now Archerfield Aerodrome. It then turned south east to terminate at the Brisbane Blue Metal's Company's quarry. In 1914 a Mr Abercrombie was permitted to load logs on the siding [exact spot not stated]. The line was out of use by 1923 when W.J. Crabb was allowed to make use of the Rocklea end of it. The above book suggests the reason for the closure possibly due to exhaustion of the quarry.

The "First Sod" for the standard gauge line to Sydney via Kyogle was turned at Rocklea 17 January 1925. Ballast for this new line was from the Round Mountain quarry which was 45 miles 17 chains from South Brisbane. Round Mountin is 3 miles north of the township of Tamrookum which is on the Mt Lindsay highway south of Beaudesert.

[end of quote fron "Destination South Brisbane"]

Some reflections on the above.

The interstate train line was build from South Brisbane to the Border by QLD Rail [QR] as they own it. Although finally built as standard gauge, it was first built as QR 3 ft 6 inch track on standard gauge sleepers. After the track was finished and ballasted, one rail was moved out to the 4 ft 8.5 inch gauge. In this way QR narrow gauge locos and wagons could be used to build the line to the border. It fact, there were public excursions operated by QR on the new line using QR narrow gauge locos and passenger carriages. A photo is in the above book. The date for one of these QR narrow gauge excursions was 21 July 1929. The new route, on 4 ft 8.5 in track, was opened to Sydney 27 Sept 1930.

The interstate track through Rocklea would be on the same location as the line to the Archerfield quarry would have been, that is, on the western side of the line to Beenleigh , for the section between Rocklea and Nyanda.


Anyway, I thought you might be interested in what the railway historical book has to say about the quarry line to Archerfield.

No matter what the quarry was used for and the years it was dug out, the huge hole was still there in WW11 waiting for scrap metal items to be tossed down into it.

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