We had a few queries about a particular area in Palmwoods, after our recent story on Di Easdale and her Christmas lights display in ‘Landers Shoot’. And, despite various opinions, research and historical anecdotes, the answer is still not clear. Here is some of the correspondence we received from Hinterland residents and our own team:
Hello Michelle…The article re Landers Shoot intrigues me and and begs the question of what is the correct spelling of this area..Various street signs and maps in the area show three different spellings…Can you advise which is the correct spelling please ?? Not the biggest problem in the world today. Cheers. – Stan McCallum
Regarding your headline “Lighting up Landers Shoot” (Hinterland Times, Dec 2017), I wonder what is the explanation for an apparent anomaly in the naming of this area? Why does Landershute Rd lead to Landers Shoot? I am not a native of the area, but I understand this odd name arose from logging on the Blackall Range. Shutes were formed through the forest to send logs hurtling down the hillside, and presumably there was a timber-getter named Landers. Or did Mr Landers reserve some land there for hunting with guns? More likely, “shute”(or chute) was an unfamiliar word to whoever in Brisbane put names on maps! This is born out by Wikipedia. – Ted Webber
I have seen variously Schute, Shute, Shoot, Chute. I think Schute is most likely what we should use. I think it originates from the German Schute and always refers to the drop-off from the range where timber was sent down to be collected at the bottom – a fast and furious way of getting logs off the mountains. – Dale Jacobsen, HT writer, author and resident historian
Interesting….my stepdad who lived in Maleny as a child growing up and then later in life ….says Lander Shute and so does my mum who worked for the Maroochy shire council for a very long time….perhaps this has been changed over time.
– Karen Muir, HT Sales Representative
Edmund Lander leased the area known as the Mooloolah Back Plain from the Queensland colonial government in 1861.  He, harvested the timber along the Blackall Range, along with other pioneers.
When the timber was harvested, the bark was stripped, making them slippery from the sap and a sharp point was made on one end of the tree. The tree was then pushed over the eastern side of the cliff down “chutes” (to be collected at the bottom, and transported to the nearest mills).
Landers Shoot was the base region where the logs arrived at the base of the cliff.
The official sign for the area says ‘Landers Shoot’, as does a digital search with Google Maps and Wikipedia… although there are two roads called Upper Landershute and Lower Landershute!
However, there was a nearby area called Remington’s Shute shown on survey maps in the late 1800s, according to Sam Remington, whose grandfather was reputedly one of the first white settlers in Montville.
More information on this is can be found on the Montville Historical Group website, and lends to the spelling possibly being Lander’s Shute.
Di Easdale corrected my spelling to Landers Shoot when I wrote her piece. – Victoria McGuin (HT sub-editor and author of the Landers Shoot article)
1] Slade, Carolyn (2010). Take a Walk Around Palmwoods. Nambour, Qld: Genealogy Sunshine Coast. p. 16.
2] Tutt, Stan (1994). Sunshine Coast Heritage. Maroochydore, Qld: Discovery Press.
3] Adams, R.J.L. (2004). Noosa Horizons. Broadwater, Qld: Ultreya. p. 77.