Published on January 12th, 2021 | by Daniel Boyle0
A2ZACT With Brent Ford – Beard
Beard is an industrial area near Queanbeyan. Brent Ford continues his alphabetical running mission through Canberra.
Beard is named after ex-convict Timothy Beard, the first recorded European settler in the vicinity of modern-day Queanbeyan. It’s purely industrial, an abbatoir operated in the area from 1944 to 1997. #A2ZACT pic.twitter.com/jHQm2dwMxM
— Brent Ford (@BrentFord26) January 11, 2021
I’ve driven through here a few times but I’ve never really known what it was all about. You can find quite a bit of information about Timothy Beard in the application to put the site of his station on the Heritage Register, which was rejected. He was a convict, turned innkeeper in Campbelltown, turned squatter and eventually someone you name a suburb after. It seems the Beard history is quite incomplete and could be an interesting project for serious historians.
As for the run, looks like a couple of loops were required to complete the 5km journey. It also looks like some of these industrial establishments are not particularly cheap to buy. The name of the suburb would have come to prominence around this time last year, with the country on fire, the Beard Fire was coming in a little close to home for Canberra residents.
Only a few steps from certain parts of Beard will cross you over the border and take you into Queanbeyan, but that would be under a different challenge, as this is all about the ACT. The area will be visited again once it comes to Oaks Estate.