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Chinchilla 1884 and 1885

Obit of William HUNTER, once owner of Chinchilla Station; Burncleuth; land sales; jumping from moving trains;

Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 19 July 1884, page 85

Current News.

Obituary of William HUNTER

A correspondent sends us the following particulars of the life of the late Mr. William Hunter. Mr. Hunter, who was born on the Clyde, emigrated to Australia forty-five years old, and engaged in pastoral pursuits, first in Victoria and afterwards in Riverina, with the late Gideon Lang. When what is now Queensland was opened up pastoral settlement Mr. Hunter came north and took up a run— Eurella—on the Fitzroy Downs, now included in the Maranoa pastoral district, and on the way thither purchased the Chinchilla run. He had, however, to succumb to tft»bad tunes in 1866. In 1868 he joined the Government service as inspector of sheep for the Maranoa. which appointment, in conjunction with that of brands inspector he held up to the time of his death.

Whilst in pursuit of his duties at St George he contracted—by, it is said, drinking impure water —the disease hydatids in the liver, which ultimately carried him off. Some eighteen months ago he had a paralytic stroke, which incapacitated him for work, and the Colonial Secretary considerately granted him leave of absence on half-pay. Mr. Hunter was a highly-conscientious man, most scrupulous in all his dealings with his fellow-men. Although a bachelor, he was a family man in the true sense of the word, and his benign countenance was ever welcome in the houses of his numerous acquaintances; and there are many in Queensland who will long retain a grateful remembrance of " Daddy Hunter," which was the pet name by which he has long and widely been familiarly known.


Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), Thursday 24 July 1884, page 3

Sale of town lots in Chinchilla

…. stated, in that House, that the only communication received from Mr. Higson with reference to the land sale at Clermont was one addressed to the Under-Secretary with regard to value for improvements. After reading a telegram from the Minister for Lands to Mr. Higson, Mr. Stevenson said that, in spite of the Minister for Lands telling the House that he understood that nothing but a kitchen was erected on the land, he had in his hand telegram from Mr. Higson to the Minister for Lands telling him that the value of the improvements was £700. He considered that the Minister for Lands had led Mr. Higson into the mess, if there were any mess at all, and he ought to apologize to Mr. Higson for the statements he had made in his absence.

Mr. Jessop said that a recent sale of Government land at Chinchilla, the auctioneer and land agent announced that the buyer of a certain lot would have to pay £90 for inprovements. All present protested, as the condition had not been gazetted, but the land agent read a telegram from the department directing him to protect the lot to the extent of £90. The purchaser afterward objected to pay the ground named, and the Government refunded the deposit and put the land up again, protected to the amount of £45. There had been no alteration made in the land in the interval; and be would like to know something more about it.

The Premier said that, with regard to the complaint of the Hon. member (Mr. Jessop), if an error had been made by an officer of the Lands Department, an inquiry would be made into it. It could hardly be expected that a Minister should know, at a moment's notice, all the details that happened in a country district. As to the case of the hon. Member (Mr Higson), he had the opinion all along, that, so far as the Minister for Lands was concerned, hon members opposite had discovered nothing more than a mare's nest.

(It sounds as if 'insiders' would put up a building on the lot before the sale, and then demand recompense for the cost of the building … at their own estimate. Perhaps an MP was doing it. The same scam was attempted in Clermont.)


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Monday 28 April 1884, page 6



DALBY, April 27.

Six thousand wethers passed through to-day from Westbrook, purchased by Mr. Kelly, of Burncleuth, Chinchilla, Mr. Vickers in charge.

Nice rain fell here on Friday night, but the .weather is now fine.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Monday 9 June 1884, page 4

Sudden Death. — The Chinchilla police report to the Commissioner for Police, under date of June 4th, that a man named Charles Day died suddenly at the Royal Hotel, Chinchilla, on the previous night. He had arrived by the morning's train, stating that he had left Roma with the intention of being admitted to the Dalby Hospital for treatment for asthma, from which he had been suffering some time. It was noticed that while at Chinchilla deceased evidently found great difficulty in breathing. The police were informed that Day was formerly a publican at Maryborough, and that his wife and children were probably still residing there. He appeared to be about 60 years of age.


Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947), Monday 9 June 1884, page 2


It is said that a coach will shortly run from Gayndah to Chinchilla Railway Station via Hawkwood Station, so some of us in Gayndah will be able to get to Brisbane without the seasick trip, and in the short space of three days.


Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 - 1934), Saturday 26 July 1884, page 7


(From Saturday's Government Gazette.)

for cemetery, county of Lytton, parish of Chinchilla, 5 acres;


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Saturday 20 December 1884, page 6


(IFrom To-day's Governemnt Gazelle.)

Appointments- Patrick Houston, to be head teacher of the State school at Chinchilla ,


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Wednesday 11 February 1885, page 4

A Miles correspondent, writing on 7th instant, says -Referring to a telegram sent from here concerning a female having thrown herself out of the train, the following are the particulars.

A woman known as Mrs Adair, of Brisbane, was travelling up in the train to Roma but when within about a mile of the Warra station, she rushed at one of the glass panes and smashed it to pieces and then turning round she deliberately threw herself out of the open window. She was in a very advanced state of intoxication, and had the carnage to herself, her only companion being a bottle of brandy.

This occurred within half a mile or so of the Warra station. Upon arriving at the station, a young man reported the matter to the guard and he at once had the engine taken off, and went back and picked the woman up and returned with her. Upon examining her it was found the only injury she received was a deep scalp wound She was in a comatose state for a time, but upon arrival at Chinchilla she had regained her consciousness, and was taken on to Roma in charge of the police. It was a miracle that she escaped, as the train was running a good speed at the time of the occurrence The officials should be empowered to prevent passengers from taking spirits into the cars with them-a too common practice, and one which if not prohibited, may result in a serious, if not fatal, accident some day.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Wednesday 25 February 1885, page 4


A GOOD deal of excitement was occasioned among the passengers on the 3 a.m. down train from Chinchilla, yesterday morning, by the attempt of a Malay prisoner, in a second-class carriage, to escape from the custody of a policeman in whose charge he was travelling. A passenger kindly informs us that while the train was running at considerable speed, on a down grade, at 209miles 54chain, the prisoner jumped from the window of the carriage. The guard at once communicated with the driver, and the train was brought to a standstill in about a quarter of a mile. Having been backed to the place where the rash attempt had been made the guard and one or two others got out, and found the prisoner trying to hide beneath the bottom rail of the fence. He was a good deal scratched and bruised about the face, but appeared otherwise uninjured. He must have fallen on his face, and he was seen to roll over several times before he came to a rest, where he lay apparently stunned until the train drew near to him. He then got up and staggered about in an objectless way until the train got quite close, when, after falling two or three times in the effort to escape, he sought the shelter of the fence as stated. The whole affair caused a delay of not more than five or six minutes. The prisoner was eventually taken to Warwick, where it is believed he had to answer a charge of house-breaking.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Wednesday 3 June 1885, page 6


Several cases of fossils have been sent in by the collector from Chinchilla. They contain upwards of 1700 bones, more or less complete. The more interesting amongst them belong to Procoptodon goliath (jaw), one of the heavy limbed marsupial, Nototherium Mitchell (pelvis), Crocodilus sp (portions of skull) , Murray cod, Oligoius Macquartensis (skull bone), and the law of a carnivorous marsupial, which seems to be generally new.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Wednesday 14 October 1885, page 6



The Chinchilla police informed the Commissioner last week that the dead body of a man had been reported to them as being in the bush near Bridge Creek. The man, it was re-ported, had apparently been dead more than six weeks. Yesterday, further information was received to the effect that the police had secured the dead body, and on inquiry had found it to be that of a shepherd named Henry Collett, aged about 56 years.'


Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1948), Wednesday 4 November 1885, page 2

Tuesday, November 3.

Chinchilla on Tuesday evening last there were, as computed by our correspondent, about three inches of rain which flooded Rocky and Hospital creeks.


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Monday 23 November 1885, page 2

Chinchilla Station Station.— The Queensland 'Mercantile and Agency' Company report on Nov. 19:— We have sold for the Hon Gordon Sandeman his Chinchilla Station, in the Darling Downs district, comprising the blocks Chinchilla and Wongongera, having an area of 490 square miles, together with 347 acres freehold land, 3742 head of cattle and 166 horses, plant, stores, &c., John D. Macansh, jun,. Esq,, purchaser. '


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