The Wongaburra name came from the local aboriginal background of the community. In the 1960s the community wanted a very simple, basic aged care nursing home because they didn’t have one. In those days, Beaudesert was a big flourishing town in terms of agriculture, mainly dairy farming and cattle. The town is situated between the Gold Coast and Brisbane but it’s a rural town.
So the land was donated by local members of the community and the Ladies Auxiliary was the founding member of the Wongaburra place. They did the fundraising and with some government assistance the building was constructed. The Wongaburra Society was founded in 1969 and the operation actually started in 1970.
View Beaudesert Times article “Wongaburra accepts Gift of Land“, 19 November 1965