Leslie Gates Included In Leslie Park Heritage Boundary
2 August, 2017
In July, the Queensland Heritage Council decided at its meeting to include the Leslie Gates as a significant element within the heritage boundary of Leslie Park.
The Gates, which are sometimes called the Glengallan Gates, are located at the south-western entrance to Leslie Park in Warwick. The four sandstone pillars and the iron gates were gifted to Council by the then owner of Glengallan Homestead, Oswald Slade, in 1940 to mark the centenary of the Leslie Brothers settling in the area. All of Leslie Park is included on the Queensland Heritage Register.
The Queensland Heritage Register is a list of places that have cultural heritage significance to the people of Queensland.
The Queensland Heritage Register considers places that reflect the pattern of Queensland’s history and regional development. They illustrate the key human endeavours that have determined our economic development, as well as the fundamental political, social and cultural forces that have shaped our society.
The Glengallan Homestead Trust had sought the return of the Gates to the Homestead for its 150thanniversary later this year. Council opened the decision for community consultation on the proposed move and the clear response was that the community wanted the gates to remain in Leslie Park.
This decision by the Queensland Heritage Council means that the gates will remain in their current location.
Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie says that Leslie Park, including the Leslie Gates, is a significant part of the region’s history. “All historical landmarks in our region – from Leslie Park to Glengallan Homestead – tell an important story of our past. It’s my hope that they’ll continue to remind future generations of the industry and toil that built our region, and to encourage them to continue that legacy.”