Active 83-year-old Allan Pettigrew enjoys the attention of Bendigo Bank's Stacey McIntosh, Laurie Koranski, and Kerry Menck at the Logan Village music and heritage festival.
Active 83-year-old Allan Pettigrew enjoys the attention of Bendigo Bank's Stacey McIntosh, Laurie Koranski, and Kerry Menck at the Logan Village music and heritage festival.

Descendant of pioneer timber getters celebrates history

A DESCENDANT of Logan Village's pioneer timber getters Allan Pettigrew is looking forward to living comfortably under the trees at a new retirement village.

The village is taking shape on 45 ha of former farm land on the Logan River.

Allan, who is president of Logan Village Community Centre, celebrated his 83rd birthday at the recent Logan Village Music and Heritage Festival.

His great grandfather William Pettigrew arrived in Brisbane aboard the sailing ship SS Fortitude, one of three ships that brought free Scottish immigrants to Brisbane in 1848 and 1849.

The ship gave name to the central city precinct of Fortitude Valley.

William built Brisbane's first steam sawmill in Fortitude Valley, floating mostly kauri logs down the Logan, Maroochy and Albert Rivers.

The spot they landed at is now occupied by the Queensland University of Technology campus at Garden Point.

Allan was born in Bundaberg. His family moved to Toowoomba when he was four years old.

A water engineer before his retirement, he is enthusiastic about moving into My Home and the River set on parklands that slope down to the Logan River.

Allan is one of the driving forces of Logan Village Museum, established 10 years ago.

He got a spurt on after Logan Village celebrated its 150th anniversary two years ago and he was inspired by its history.

The Logan Village music and heritage festival came on the back of the Settlers Day celebrations last year.

The festival featured musical performances by nine groups with styles including rockabilly, choral, country and blues.

The big event also featured country markets, gourmet food, woodturning displays and a functioning blacksmith.


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