The land was originally purchased in 1939 by the Frizzo family who were Italian immigrants. The family started farming the land and were relatively self-sufficient by farming pumpkins, peanuts, pigs, chickens, cucumbers tomatoes, capsicums and later pineapples, bananas and passionfruit.
As time passed the family built a large timber Queenslander style home called ‘Villa Maria’ on the property, which in time became the local post office, telephone exchange and Commonwealth Bank. At that time the area was called ‘Palmvale’ but was later changed to ‘Palmview’ when postcodes were introduced in 1967. The family home was also on many occasions used as a makeshift church with mass once a month.
The post war depression years also saw the family take in many swaggies which they would give a day or two’s work and then generously giving them some sandwiches and a drink for their journey.
The family were one of the first to establish a highway fruit stall and became famous for their freshly squeezed pineapple juice.
The land was also logged for many years and the timber was used for notable projects such as bridge pylons for the Hornibrook Highway bridge connection to the Redcliffe Peninsular, and also for pylons for the construction of the landing jetties for the Australian Army in New Guinea during World War II.
Second World War
World War II saw the property occupied by military forces. The north eastern part of the site was established as a camp for the Victorian 3rd Division in preparation for departure to Papua New Guinea. This was followed by the southern end being occupied by the Light Horse Brigade camp, whilst later the north eastern sector of the property in the area currently occupied by Aussie World and the Ettamogah Pub Complex, and nearby was a camp occupied by the 9th Division. During this temporary occupation of military forces the women of the Frizzo family washed, sewed and ironed for the soldiers which was a saving grace and a godsend and this income ‘paid for the farm’. During this time the family continued to establish farming on the property.
When you look around Palmview Forest you will marvel at the strength and character of these early pioneer families who thought nothing of preparing the land for farming with just the use of such meagre implements as a brush hook and an axe.