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A plaque at the base of sugar cairn commemorates the centenary of the death of Louis Hope (1817 - 1894), grazier, sugar planter and miller.

In 1853 at Ormiston Louis Hope took up land surveyed by James Burnett and with Robert Ramsay as partner bought Kilcoy station which became entirely his in 1863. He served in the Queensland Legislative Council in 1862-82.

At Ormiston he became a major figure in establishing the colony's sugar industry. Some twenty acres (8 ha) were put under sugar cultivation with Kanaka labour from 1865 onwards. He had a mill built and in 1864 produced three tons (3.04 tonnes) of sugar and fifteen cwt (762kg) of molasses. He supplied plants for the several experiments of John Buhôt and cuttings for plantations in the Oxley district. 

He earned the title of “The Father of the Commercial Sugar Industry” not only for growing and milling the first commercially produced sugar, but for his sterling efforts to foster the industry in Queensland.


Address:277 Wellington Street, Ormiston House , Ormiston, 4160
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.495489
Long: 153.258681
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 21st August, 1994
Front Inscription

In memory of Capt., the Hon. Louis Hope

1817 - 1894

The kiss of the Sun for pardon
The song of the birds for mirth
You are nearer God`s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on Earth

Presented by the Queensland Sugar Corporation

21st Aug. 1994

Source: MA,ADB
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