Moorilda History Project

Arriving at Glengowan today it is difficult to imagine that it was once the epicentre of the thriving village of Moorilda, known until 1883 as Teapot Swamp. Although there is little now remaining of the original community, records show that it once supported a flour mill, general store and post office, a school (opened in 1867) and three separate churches.

The Grevilles Post Office directory of 1872 shows that Teapot Swamp claimed many different professions among its residents including: farmers, carriers, millers, an architect, a surveyor, blacksmith, farrier, bookmaker, saddler and teacher. From 1872 until 1893 there was also a hotel at Teapot Swamp which was located in the vicinity of the Glengowan woolshed yards. Also in this area according to family legend was a racecourse which took in the original station paddocks at Glengowan and terminated sensibly, at the Teapot Swamp Inn.

The Moorilda History project focuses on the historical development of Glengowan and Moorilda. The research was published in may 2015 with the launch of my book; A Leap of Faith, The pioneers of Teapot Swamp and Moorilda edited by my cousin, Mark Gordon.  All of the known buildings at Moorilda are included and each of the main Moorilda families will have a separate chapter. The families in the book are generally the larger ones who stayed in the district for a long period of time and the more people contributed, the more information is included. If  no one in your family contributed then please don’t blame me if someone was left out!  There are very few living people included in the book so if you and your aunty are not in there please take the opportunity to write your own extended family history.The aim was not to follow each family tree down to the present but to focus on the story of the family while they were here.  A reunion was held on the 24th May and over 200 people attended a fantastic day.

The book is currently sold out but a second edition will be available in November 2015. Please contact me with any further additions or if you would like a copy kept for you.A Leap of Faith cover

Sandra would love to hear from anyone who has any information about Moorilda or Teapot Swamp – especially any families  (including but not limited to those already listed here) who may have had ancestors in the area. 

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