Yangan – St. Peters
The picturesque village of Yangan is 20 km east of Warwick
- Unfortunately our beautiful Church at Yangan has been closed. The last service was on Palm Sunday 25th of March 2018
- The Deconsecration Service will be held on Saturday the 21st of July 2018 at 10am with morning tea to follow.
Yangan, a rural town, is 18 km east of Warwick and 120 km south-west of central Brisbane. Situated on Swan Creek in the Swanfels Valley, it was first known as Upper Swan Creek. The name was changed to Yangan in 1887, an Aboriginal word thought to mean going forward or upwards.
Farm selections in the valley began in the late 1860s, and a further intake came in 1880 when Danish farmers took up several holdings. Saw pits and mills were numerous, and sandstone was quarried about one kilometre out of town. Examples of the stone are in the town hall and high school in Warwick. In 1885 the Warwick to Killarney railway line was opened through Yangan, and dairying began. Ultimately two cheese factories operated in Yangan, continuing until the 1930s.
An elaborate timber school of arts was built in 1898. It was transferred to the Masonic Lodge in 1912 when a larger, and equally elaborate, school of arts was built. Both survive and are heritage registered. The railway closed in 1964, but the population was steadied by the subdivision of some large rural holdings. Proximity to Warwick also helped, and during the 1960s-90s the number of houses doubled. An extra block was added to the primary school (1874) in 1990.
Yangan has a general store and a hotel-motel.