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Chinchilla 1897-98

Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1948), Saturday 2 January 1897, page 2

On the same day February second, seventy-one lots will be offered in the town of Chinchilla. These are acre blocks, thirty-seven of them being near the Chinchilla railway station on the south side of the railway line, the balance being on the north side. The upset price is £10 per acre lot.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Friday 15 January 1897, page 4

Chinchilla Liquidation.

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court for the liquidation of the estate of George Conroy, of Chinchilla, hotelkeeper and storekeeper; liabilities, £354 15s. 4d. ; general meeting of creditors at the office of Mr. Alfred Down, solicitor, Queen street, on February 5.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Saturday 6 February 1897, page 4


A meeting of creditors in the estate of George Conroy, 'Chinchilla, hotelkeeper and storekeeper, was held yesterday at the office of Mr. A. Down, solicitor, Queenstreet. (Mr. T. Logan D. L. Brown and Co.) occupied the chair. The statement of affairs showed that the amount due to un-secured creditors was £384 Is. 7d, being the total debts. The assets-£930-were comprised of stock-in-trade at Chinchilla, £200 ; book debts, about £350, estimated to produce £150 ; furniture, &c, £60 ; and property as per list G, £520.

The causes of insolvency were set out as (1) depression in trade ; (2) Inability to collect outstand-ing debts ; 3) pressure of creditors. 'It was resolved that the estate be wound up by liquidation and not in insolvency, that T. E. White, accountant, be appointed trustee at a remuneration of £15 15s., and that the trustee be allowed £3 3s. as a remuneration for his services as receiver. It was also agreed that the discharge of the debtor be granted within one month provided the trustee raise no objection. Mr. A Down was entrusted with the registration of the resolutions.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Monday 8 February 1897, page 3


The following to be members of the committees of State schools specified in con-nection with their respective names :— Bulimba : D. F. Maclean, vice H. A. Irvine, resigned. Chinchilla : D. McMahon, vice F. Hogg, deceased


Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1902), Saturday 27 February 1897, page 2

There is at present on view at Mr. Bruce's monumental works, Russell-street, a magnificent piece of stonework is the shape of a handsomely designed and neatly worked tomb stone, to be placed over the grave in the Dalby cemetery of the late Mr. Francis Seaton Hogg, of Chinchilla. In the centre is a large marble slab bearing the inscription of the name of the deceased, date of death, etc, while above are mostly neatly carved out floral designs, such as roses and gowans in-twined with passion, ivy, and fern leaves.

The carving is most exquisite, and is the work of Mr. Peter Bruce, son of Mr. W Bruce. It is really a work of art. and is a credit to young Mr. Bruce, beside illustrating the really first-class work executed at this establishment. The main portion of the memorial is made of Murphy's Creek stone, and it clearly indicates the absurdity of sending to the metropolis when workmanship of such a class can be executed here.


Warwick Examiner and Times (Qld. : 1867 - 1919), Saturday 1 May 1897, page 2


John Donald Macansh, formerly of Chinchilla, grazier, but now of Albilbah, near Isisford, station manager, has been adjudicated insolvent.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Monday 26 July 1897, page 2

. Official Notifications.

Tho following appointments of members of committees for Stuto sohools uro notified — namely : Chinchilla, W. Lee, vice J. Allan, resigned ;


Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1875 - 1929), Saturday 28 August 1897, page 27

A N A K I E.

The way prickly pear is allowed to grow and spread at some of the railway camps requires attention. A few pounds spent now would eradicate the pest. If our Divisional Board do not attend to it soon, they may be in the same plight as they are about Miles and Chinchilla, unable to cope with it.

Anakie, 24th August, 1897.


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Saturday 4 September 1897, page 5

. LOCAL GOVERNMENT. From the minutes

From same, on behalf of himself, G. ' Purnell, and C. Dickman, directing attention to the dangerous crossing known as the Burnt Bridge.' The Foreman stated that the repairs will be carried out by the day gang.

From George Cuthill, Chinchilla, returning three rate notices, each marked forfeited: The Clerk stated that the annual rent had been quite recently paid on one of them, so that one at least had not been forfeited.

Frederick Baxter further advance of £8 10s on contract for clearing prickly pear from the Chinchilla Reserve;

Re report on the road between Chinchilla and the boundary of the Division along the railway line, on inspection I find the distance of road to be cleared is 8 chains in length. The country is not heavily timbered along the railway line, but is very broken owing to deep crab holes ; there is a good deal of traffic on the road at present, it being the direct, road from Miles to Chinchilla. I would recommend that this road be cleared 21 feet wide and the deepest of the holes filled with , timber from the clearing ; it will also be necessary to resume 10 acres of land from portion 4v at Rocky Creek bridge. By getting this land it will be a saving of £300, as there is no way of crossing the creek on the surveyed road. I may also mention that the crossing of the creek which is at present used can be made good for about £10, and is within 8 chains of the surveyed road ; I estimate the cost of clearing, including the crossing (assuming the land is resumed) at £50.

Re report on road between Chinchilla and the boundary of the Division along the railway line. After further explanation by the Foreman, and that the owner of portion 4V at Rocky Creek bridge would be willing to give land there in exchange for land adjoining his other selection. Mr Black proposed that a written form of sanction be sent to Downes, consenting to the exchange, to be followed by a further letter to the Lands Department on receipt of Downes'. sanction. Seconded by Mr O'Neill and carried.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tuesday 28 September 1897, page 5


(By Telegraph from Our Correspondents.)

NANANGO, September 27.

Seven hundred and fifty store bullocks are passing from Seven Oaks, Chinchilla, for Myomet, Brisbane, Bigge and M'Connell owners, J. E. Moore in charge;


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Monday 8 November 1897, page 3


From Mr Geo. Wildman, of Mulgar, the former settlement of the industrial group between Warra and Chinchilla, we have received a sample of the wheat grown in that locality as an experiment. The ears are large, heavy, and full of ripening corn, taken from an evenly grown crop about four feet high. Judging from the sample the yield should be highly encouraging one, roughly estimated at about 25 bushels to the acre.

Mr Wildman has five acres under wheat, and some of his neighbours from 2 to 5 acres respectively, all the crops looking well and full of promise of a beautiful harvest of the golden grain. Next year the quantity sown will be trebled, same as in other localities, and after another season the Dalby districts will fairly rival that of Allora. ' Speed the plough.' — ' Dalby Herald.'



Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1902), Tuesday 1 February 1898, page 2

Ox the 24th inst., the busy little township of Chinchilla was agitated by the discovery of a case of larceny from the person, the victim being a carrier named Charles Paris, who was relieved of a purse containing two cheques, one for £29 19s. l0d. ; and the other for £2 3s. 4d., besides three one pound notes and a quantity of silver. Suspicion was directed to a young man named James Hall, about 20 years of Age, following the pursuit of a drover, and enquiries were instituted as to his whereabouts. It was ascertained that he had travelled down the line, and it was surmised that he had gone on to Brisbane, but on Friday afternoon, about 2.30 p.m., Acting-Sergeant Geo. Hawkes, Toowoomba, noticed a man in Russell-street answering to Hall's description, and on investigation the missing purse was found on him, also £19 in notes and some silver.

Subsequent enquiry elicited the fact that Hall, whose identity was admitted, had cashed the cheques at the stores kept by Messrs. Sabat (Assyrians), in Russell-strect, where he purchased a suit of clothes. Hall was arrested and brought up at the Toowoomba Pollice Court on Saturday morning, charged with the larceny of the purse, and contents in question. After formal evidence of arrest had been given by Acting-Sergeant Hawkes, the accused was remanded for eight days pending the production of further evidence.


Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1902), Saturday 12 February 1898, page 2

At the Dalby Police Court on Monday, James Hall on remand from Toowoomba was brought up charged with larceny of monies from the person of Charles Paris of Chinchilla. Evidence was given by Acting-Sergeant Hawkes, George Sabat, Sclina Sabat, Constable Murphy, Mary Paris, and Charles Paris. After the case for the prosecution was closed the accused pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months' confinement with hard labor in Toowoomba gaol. On application by the prosecutor, Charles Paris, the money found on prisoner, £19 7s. 2d., was restored to its rightful owner.


Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 26 February 1898, page 396

Racing Notes.

By "Rattler."

. The Chinchilla Club, which is registered tinder the Q.T.C. rules, will hold a meeting on the 17th March, and will give away prizes to the value of 30 sovs., the principal event being the Chinchilla Handicap of 10 sovs., l ¼ mile. Nominations for this must be made by 6 p.m. on the 9th March with Mr. E. W. Quirk, hon. secretary. (‘sovs’ = soverign or 21shillings)


Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 23 April 1898, page 809

Commission of the Peace.


The following are the quarterly additions made to the justice of the peace list:—

Chinchilla Price, William Henry, Seven Oaks, Chinchilla


Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1902), Tuesday 24 May 1898, page 2

A cricket match was played in Chinchilla on the 17th instant, between the Married and Single men (writes a correspondent). As is usual in country towns everyone about turned up to witness the contest, the “barracking" being in favour of the married men.

H. Simpson captained the single men, and G. Downes the married men. Simpson won the loss and decided to send his opponents in, which proved correct, as they wero all disposed of for 14 runs. The Bachelors then went in and succeeded in putting together 52, of which Turner made 18. The Benedicts in their second innings made 50. This left the Bachelors 13 to get to win, which they did, but not before they had lost four wickets, thus winning the match by six wickets.

A ball was held in the Victoria Hall, which was kindly lent by Miss Hogg. About 20 couples participated, the M.C.-ship being in the able hands of Mr G. Downes, which he carried out with credit to himself and those present. Dancing was kept up until nearly daylight, thus ending one of the most enjoyable days spent at Chinchilla for some time.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Tuesday 12 July 1898, page 3

The morning goods train from Toowoomba just managed to crawl into Dalby on Saturday, and then came to a dead stop (says the Dalby Herald of July 6). The wonder is that she succeeded in getting so far, for the boiler tubes of the engine had been leaking for 21 miles or more; Just after leaving Jondaryan the driver noticed the leak first. It seems that the plating in the tubes had cracked, and the water was issuing in a steady stream and doing its best to extinguish the furnaces. By assiduously banking these and using all the steam possible, the driver managed to cover the long stretch to Dalby before the fires were completely put out by the leakage.

The engine was an old one, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Company, of Philadelphia, in 1879, and specially designed for the haulage of heavy goods trains. Of course, it was quite unfit to proceed further than Dalby, so the train was delayed until nearly 1 p.m., when an engine came down from Chinchilla and took it along. The disabled engine was taken back to Toowoomba by the afternoon goods train, where she will be repaired.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tuesday 12 July 1898, page 4


Mr. James Gibson, of Wanda, Mowbray terrace East Brisbane, died last evening, after an illness extending over the past twelve months. He arrived in the colony in 1857, and took up Chinchilla station soon afterwards.

He subsequently resided at Stanmore, near Beenleigh, and eventually come to Brisbane, where he has resided for the past five years. He was a justice of the peace for over thirty-five years, and in the course of his long residence in the colony had made numerous friends, who will learn the sad news of his death with deep regret. The funeral will most likely take place on Wednesday (to-morrow) morning, but the usual announcement will appear.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Monday 18 July 1898, page 6



Sir,-I beg to forward you the following and request that it may appear in your paper, hoping that possibly it may not be without some effect. Towards the end of last month a certain lady was travelling by train from Brisbane to Mitchell, a journey of 300 miles in length, and lasting eighteen hours. When leaving Brisbane she was in a large first-class compartment, which was comfortably filled. At Chinchilla, about 3 a.m. on a frosty morning, this carriage was removed, and she was hurried into a ladies' carriage, which was not merely full, but packed. The other passengers also had to move into full carriages. But this was not all: At Roma this same lady was removed again, from her seat, because some gentlemen, who were travelling on from Roma, desired that the lady's carriage should be turned into a " smoker" for their benefit. Accordingly she was again compelled to move- to a crowded carriage. Generally a lady's comfort is considered before that of the stronger sex, who are more able to look after themselves ; but it seems here that a a lady who has travelled all the way from Brisbane to be ordered about to suit some individuals who are far more able than she to look for their seats. Such a state of affairs ought not to exist on our railways, and surely the comfort of one who travels all through the cold night ought to be considered somewhat. Moreover, it is not every person that can afford to pay the extra money for a sleeping-car. Trusting that you may find room for this in your issue,

-I am, sir, etc,



Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1902), Thursday 21 July 1898, page 2

..Quite a gloom was cast over Oakey on last Friday, tho 15th instant (writes a correspondent), when the sad news was announced of the death of one of our most respected residents in the person of Mrs. Sophia Fett, the beloved wife of Mr. Henry Fett of Oakey. On Wednesday, the 6th inst., she first took ill-and although Dr. Falkner was at once telegraphed for, and did everything that medical skill could suggest, it did not avail, and she gradually sank until on Friday death terminated her sufferings. The deceased lady was the eldest daughter of Mr, and Mrs, John Bauer, senr., of Oakey, and they, as well as the bereaved husband, are completely prostrated by the sudden blow. .

She was born at Chinchilla 42 years ago, being one of the first natives of that district. The death is a very sad one, as she leaves a family of 9 children of tender years to mourn the loss of their mother. –


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Wednesday 3 August 1898, page 5

Giant Iguana.

Fossils Found at Chinchilla.

A collection, at the instance of the trustees of the Queensland Museum, has been made on the Darling Downs of relics of extinct animals from the fossiliferous deposits of Chinchilla. Among the novelties discovered the most noticeable is part of the lower jaw of a huge iguana, which must have reached a length of from 15 to 18 feet. - The collector was fairly successful, but was obliged to relinquish his work on account of the hardness of the ground consequent upon want of rain.


Warwick Examiner and Times (Qld. : 1867 - 1919), Saturday 10 September 1898, page 2


Last week a conference was held in Sydney between the Ministers for Agriculture of Queensland, N. S. Wales, .and Victoria on the matter of making certain changes in the tick quarantine boundaries in this colony. Mr. Chataway was reported to have been eminently successful in his negotiations, but so far as the Darling Downs is concerncd this does not appear to be the case. In the words of Mr. Matthew Swinburne, of North Toolburra,” the quarantining of the Darling Downs is iniquitous, and they have made scapegoats of us." In other parts of the colony the change, it is said, will mean the release of upwards of two million head of stock from quarantine, and will allow them to be travelled into New South Wales. Summed up, the position now is that south of the new quarantine line and west to the Main Range the whole of the stock will have access to New SouthWales, except those in' the settled districts of the Darling Downs.

The seriousness of this matter to Downs breeders was emphasised in the Legislative Council this week by the Hon. Win, Allan, who, according to " Hansard" report, said:—I should like to call attention to what I hear has taken place in Sydney at the late meeting between the several Ministers for Agriculture in connection with the quarantine area that is now to be declared. I understand that though a large amount of country has been allowed to be thrown into the clean area, after consultation with the New South Wales authorities, a part of the country which is perfectly clean has been brought within the quarantine area. I refer to the Darling Downs. There is no tick on the Darling Downs, and there never has been; in fact, there is no disease among cattle there. Yet I understand that under the new arrangement—as it has not' been published yet I speak subject to correction—the Darling Downs is to be as it were a "buffer state." In that case that part of the country which is the principal breeding-place for bulls for the rest of the colony will simply be shut up in a trap, and breeders will be unable to send any of their stock outside an area which, so to say, is perfectly clean and without disease of any kind. That, as anyone can see, is a great hardship.

The line, I understand, runs from Chinchilla along the rabbit fence down to Maryland, thereby cutting off the whole of the country which includes Warwick, Toowoomba, Hendon, Clifton, and that line of country where there are the chief breeders of high-class stock, such as King, of Gowrie; Slade, of Glengallan; Macansh, of Canning Downs, myself, and others. I trust this discussion will loud to a readjustment of the quarantine line…. Where ticks are, let the quarantine be strictly kept; but to shut our large, clean areas, such as the Darling Downs is now, and neither to allow the cattle there to go into Queensland outside the line nor into New South Wales, will be a very great hardship, and will ruin the men who are breeders.


Charleville Courier (Qld. : 1896 - 1898), Saturday 17 September 1898, page 3

We have already published the amended tick quarantine line and the Chief Inspector for Stock has now issued instructions that the line is to be strictly maintained. No cattle (including working bullocks) are to be permitted to cross from the north or east, and no horses other than those in actual work, and then only on the permit of an Inspector and on his being fully satisfied of their freedom from infection. All cattle from the north of the rabbit fence extending from Chinchilla to the western boundary of the colony must cross that fence at one or other of the crossing places mentioned in the Order-in-Council. These are :-Near Kalidnwarry Station, between Glengyle and Carcory Stations, near Currawilla. Station, Wimlorah, Adavale, Charleville. Mitchell, Roma, Yuelba, and Chinchilla. A percentage of all cattle must be examined in a crush and a certificate given by the Inspector.


Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1902), Saturday 1 October 1898, page 2


In connection with the recently lamented death of Mrs. Williams, of the Kogan, it was decided last week at a meeting of Chinchilla ladies to hold a ball for the benefit of the bereaved family — six girls and two boys. The circumstances are particularly sad, as the husband, although a hardworking man, is anything but strong.


Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1902), Thursday 17 November 1898, page 3

The Recent Hot Wind. old records.

In reference to the hot wind which swept over Southern Queensland on Sunday last, when the highest rending in the shade was 107deg.— said to be the record for southeastern Queensland — a correspondent writes to last night's " Observer " to say that in the late N. Bartley's “Opals and Agates " will be found an interesting description of a trip made by that gentleman and Mr. R. Meston (uncle of Mr. A. Meston) to the Darling Downs in December, 1854. Speaking of the weather experienced on the occasion, Mr. Hartley says : —"It was 108deg. at Warwick on 13th December ; the same at Clifton next day, grass all burnt and yellow ; ll0dcg. at Drayton the following day, and here I resolved to stop till the hot wind was over. 1 may mention that during three days it was 117deg., 119deg., and 122deg. in the shade at Chinchilla, and 112deg. at Franklyn Vale, below the Range.”


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Friday 18 November 1898, page 6

A gentleman from the New England district of New South Wales, who has been inspecting land in this district, has just leased 500 acres of Woolshed Park, about twelve miles from Chinchilla, belonging to Mr. J. Y. Black, of Dalby. It is his in-tention to put the area under wheat, and he will make a start with 100 acres next year. '


Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954), Tuesday 29 November 1898, page 6


In the matter of John Donald Macanash, formerly of Chinchilla, insolvent, application for a certificate of discharge. (a long report ending…..)

His Honour : He appears to have lost his money through a disastrous draught extending over twenty-eight months and through the great depreciation in cattle. lt was through circumstances over which he had no control, and the bank do not object to the granting of his certificate. In my opinion he is entitled to-and I will grant him-his certificate.


Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), Tuesday 6 December 1898, page 2

The grazing farm near Chinchilla, about which I wrote you before, and over which there has been such bother, is now withdrawn from selection, pending an investigation by the present and late Ministers for Lands and the member for the district, Mr. J. T. Bell.

You will remember that the "neighbours" wanted the land cut up into agricultural farms, alleging that the soil was good enough. or that it would be so selected, at any rate. The present investigation has nothing to do with that. The officers of the department say the land is not adapted for agriculture; but, whether or not, if the representations made by the late occupant (Mr. W. Price) are true, he cannot be deprived of the land without injustice. It is because doubts have been thrown on these representations that an inspection has been decided on before anything is done with the land.

If the representations of Mr. Price are borne out, he will undoubtedly get it as a grazing farm. If they are not borne out, then it will be for the Minister to decide what to do with the land. It comprises an area of 11,010 acres, situated about 10 miles from Chinchilla railway station.

(personal note from Barbara: this was Grazing Farm 908, comprising most of the old Seven Oaks Station. It was retained as a grazing farm. It was divided in half by the line of Charleys Creek. Most of the northern portion was later selected as a Prickly Pear lease 320 by my father and his brother; ie FP and WR Redgen)


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