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Lagoon now correctly named

22 May 2017

Confusion surrounding the name of a well-known lagoon at Laidley has been resolved following the correction of a simple spelling error.

Department of Natural Resources and Mines Executive Director South Region Ken Sherwood said correcting the spelling of Giesemann Lagoon rightly recognised the connection to the lagoon of one of the area’s early settlers.

“Giesemann Lagoon was named in honour of Ernst and Catherine Giesemann who settled in the Laidley district in 1882 and bought two parcels of land adjacent to the lagoon,” Mr Sherwood said.

“The Giesemann family have lived in the Laidley area for more than 130 years and have made a significant contribution to the local community.

“They have held more than 40 properties including a hospital, built several hotels and developed a number of retail complexes such as the landmark Giesemann’s Buildings in Patrick Street, Laidley.

“It is thought the name ‘Geisemann’ was added to government records in error during a mapping process.

“Descendants of the Giesemanns noticed the error and their suggestion to correct the name has been supported by Lockyer Valley Regional Council and the Laidley Historical Society.

“Giesemann Lagoon has now been correctly recorded in the Government Gazette.”

Queensland place name plan QPN1377 shows the location of Giesemann Lagoon and may be viewed at the Queensland Place Names section on the Department of Natural Resources and Mines website –

Enquiries about the decision should be directed to 13 QGOV or by emailing

Contact: Brad Muir
Phone: (07) 3199 8253


Last updated: 9 June 2017

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