Buchanan Rd at Morayfield is named after a William Armstrong Buchanan of Morayfield House, Caboolture. He owned a 3000 acre dairy (550 head) and general agriculture farm, ‘Morayfield’. He bought the farm in 1908 and sold it in 1946 for £14,000 to Mr W.G. Currant of Gympie.
An extract from WORK ON FARMS. (1925, December 5). The Brisbane Courier
MR. W. A. BUCHANAN'S FARM.
On the bank of the Caboolture River opposite to that of Messrs. Henning and Dickfos is "Morayfield," owned by Mr. W. A. Buchanan, embracing 3000 acres, with a large frontage to the river. That fortunate position, with large stretches of flats covered with clover and paspalum growth, is an enviable site for dairying. It so happens that, tidal effects occur in this portion of the river, but throughout the holding are several large permanent lagoons and waterholes. Even in the longest spells of dry weather water has been abundant. During the visit, although some weeks had elapsed since rain fell, the water in some of the Lagoons was several feet deep. By the construction of races and bank construction, proper access is provided for the stock. Recourse has been made also to the election of wind- mills and troughs, so that the place is replete for the welfare of the herds. Mr. Buchanan has the largest milking herd in the Caboolture district, totalling over 500 head, of which never fewer than 200 are in profit at any one time. The strain is of the Illawarra Milking Shorthorn, at the head of which are bulls of high pedigree. Milking machines have not yet been installed. The place is worked on the share system with Mr. G.W. Newton. In all there are 41 bails, built on the latest style, with concrete floors, and conveniences, and strict attention is paid to the cleanliness and orderly condition of the pens and milking yards. A large proportion of the stock are of the grade class, but nevertheless posses high milking qualities, for the returns from the Caboolture butter factory show that, on an average, two tons of butter are produced each month from the cream supplied.
Pig raising is extensively undertaken, and there is a herd of 200 head in the various styes (sic). The styes are situated in various places about the farm, so sufficient running space is allowed. The line of breeding in vogue is to cross Berkshires with Yorkshires for the bacon producing qualities. At various times new sows or boars are secured from breeders so that the strain is not allowed to become unproductive. Never fewer than 10 pigs are despatched in any month to the bacon factory. Agriculture is only followed in so far as will provide foodstuffs for the dairy stock and pigs.
Morayfield has historical associations for it was on this property that the first sugar mill in Queensland was established. Land where dairy cattle now feed on clover and paspalum was once under sugar cane. Mr. Raaf, who commenced operations at Morayfield, had about 400 acres under cane, judging from the appearances and lay out of the area. Mr. Buchanan has had the property for 13 years, and before that it was in the possession of the Jackson family, one son of whom today manages Wunulla Estate, at Kilcoy. Relics of the old mill which still remain show that the buildings covered a large area. The concrete engine beds, vats, wells, and foundations of various portions of the machinery are still to be seen. Close to the river bank is a circular structure, which was the living quarters for the Kanakas, but now is used for housing and feeding the young calves. Morayfield sugar lands were cultivated as one estate, upon which several workmen must have been engaged, for following along the Caboolture River the wooden stumps of the now demolished buildings are seen.
About the family:
Father: James Buchanan, (abt 1842 - Dec 1931, Murwillumbah). His parents were William and Margaret.
Mother: Ellen Armstrong (? – 1914, Murwillumbah). Her parents were Alexander and Margaret.
James and Ellen married 1876 at Richmond River.
Siblings (and self):
Ellen Clinton Buchanan, Murwillumbah (1881, Tweed River – 1962, Murwillumbah)
William Armstrong Buchanan (1883, Tweed River – 30 Aug 1950, Queensland)
James Graham Buchanan, Murwillumbah (1884, Tweed River – 1970, Murwillumbah)
John Buchanan, Murwillumbah (1886, Tweed River – 1951, Murwillumbah)
Alexander Buchanan, (1878, Tweed River – 1960, Murwillumbah)
Margaret Buchanan, (1879, Tweed River – 1968, Murwillumbah)
Thomas Buchanan, (1889, Tweed River – 1919, Casino)
Charles Buchanan, (1891, Murwillumbah - 1891, Murwillumbah)
Wife: Agnes Todd Laurie Wardrop (1884, Tweed River – 9 Apr 1970, Queensland). Her parents were William and Isabella.
William and Agnes married 1912 at Murwillumbah.
No details discovered.