Now a heritage and lifestyle town and formally declared the region's 'friendliest town' (2004 and 2010), Pomona was first settled by Europeans in the late 1880s, but had been home to the Gubbi Gubbi indigenous peoples for thousands of years before that. Early settlers collected timber from the area. The railway to Pomona was operating in 1891, opening the land to farming.
The town became the administrative centre of the Noosa Shire Council in 1909 until December 1985 when the Council moved to its Tewantin premises. The original headquarters for the Shire were constructed in Pomona in 1911 on a site now used (since 1985) by the Cooroora Historical Society and Noosa Museum. The main street of the town was devastated by fires in 1939 and 1942. Many buildings were re-constructed with brick.
These photos show you Pomona in the early years. Click on thumbnail to enlarge the photo. If you'd like to see more historical photos of the area please come see us at the museum. All photos are available for purchase.