Also known as the Glengallan Gates, the gates are located at the southwestern entrance to the park. The four sandstone pillars and the iron gates were gifted to Council by Oswald Slade, the former owner of Glengallan Homestead in 1940, to mark the centenary of the Leslie Brothers settling in the area. Leslie Park is included on the Queensland Heritage Register.
The Queensland Heritage Register is a list of places that have cultural and heritage significance to the people of Queensland. It 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 the society.
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,” she said.
The Glengallan Homestead Trust had sought the return of the Gates to the Homestead for its 150th anniversary later this year. The Council opened the decision for community consultation on the proposed move whereby the majority wanted the gates to remain in Leslie Park. This decision therefore will allow the gates will remain in their current location.
Read more about the Leslie Gates here.