Booval is in the heart of the bustling city of Ipswich, which traces its birth back to the convict settlement established on the Bremer River in 1827 to mine nearby limestone deposits. Shipped down river in barges, that limestone was the stuff from which early Brisbane was built.
The town’s original name of 'Limestone' was changed to Ipswich in 1843 and for many years the river port handled all the wool and other produce from the Darling Downs and the surrounding, fertile valleys east of the Great Dividing Range.
Ipswich’s prosperity was built on coal and, although the closure of mines has led to some social dislocation, the city remains an important commercial and historic centre.
Despite its industrial image, Ipswich is blessed with generous park and bushland reserves which offer recreation and tranquillity in the bustling city whose history is so closely linked to the development of Brisbane from penal colony to modern metropolis.