Mt Pleasant Banana Settlement – mid 1930s

Mt Pleasant Banana Settlement – mid 1930s

The Courier Mail of 4th May 1934 reported BANANA SCHEME SUCCESS The Department of Labour’s banana settlement scheme has proved wonderfully successful…Every settler has been given a good chance of success, without having to carry a heavy liability at the outset of his career on the land…31 on 200 acres at Mount Mee…12 families on 73 acres at Mount Pleasant, Dayboro…The number of banana suckers planted were…Mt. Mee, 74,800…Mt. Pleasant, 31,000…The cost to the Government of their establishment on the banana blocks had been kept down to £75 a family.  This included the erection for each settler of a hardwood cottage 28ft by 10ft with a 1000-gallon tank and stove, at a cost of approximately £50, together with a supply of £20 worth of banana suckers, and tools valued at £5.”

The Banana Settlement State School at Mt Pleasant opened on 25th March 1934 and closed in December 1937.  By April 1937 only 2 of the original 12 settlers remained.  In June 1937 tenders were called for the purchase and removal of 7 of the weatherboard huts.