The present town of Corfield was founded when the railway line from Winton to Hughenden was built in the late 1800's, linking Winton with Townsville. Manuka was relocated to be on the railway line and named in honour of one of the early carriers in Winton, Corfield.
The first train from Hughenden to Winton arrived on May 23rd, 1899. During the hey-days of this railway operation there were two trains a week - one for passengers, the other for freight - and durng the shearing season at least one train a week was loaded to the hilt with wool when it left Corfield (usually bound for Brisbane).
At this time the Corfield population peaked at around forty. The town infrastructure consisted of five railway houses plus the station master’s house, a post office, two petrol depots, a hotel, a school and teacher’s house, a goods shed and the railway building.
The railway line between Winton and Hughenden ceased operation during the late 1990s but you can still see the remnants of this line as you drive the Winton-Hughenden Road.