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Chinchilla, 1906; July--Sept

Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Monday 2 July 1906, page 4

Mr. A. E. Potts, manager of the Bank of Australasia, Peak Hill says the "Sydney Daily Telegraph") was entertained by the residents on Wednesday night prior to his departure for Queensland. He will open a branch at Chinchilla, in that state.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tuesday 3 July 1906, page 2


Stock passings : 2200 ewes from Moree to Chinchilla, R. W. D. Weaver owner, Prentice drover ; The weather is cold, with sharp frosts at night.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Wednesday 11 July 1906, page 6

Spread of Prickly-pear.

A traveller writing from Chinchilla expresses astonishment at the spread of the prickly pear He states that he has travelled for over seven years, covering about 5000 miles annually, in the Burnett, Murilla, and Maranoa districts, and has been struck from time to time at the inroads of the pest. Roughly speaking, the writer states, the pest can be found from Springsure to Chinchilla, from Emerald (excluding the Comet) to Rockhampton, and from St George to Yeulba. It abounds more or less from Texas to Jondaryan, and in the Goondiwindi and Mungindi districts. It is found from Warroo to Glenelg, Wallangarra, via Stanthorpe, to Warwick, Gayndah to Gympie, and at Canning Creek, Pittsworth, and elsewhere .The writer declares he has seen it blooming on a wire fence, and in the clefts of trees. A farmer at Yeulba cleared 400 acres at a cost of 37s 6d per acre, planted a crop of wheat, and the pear came up in the wheat. One prominent squatter stated that within fifteen years whole stations would be literally covered. 'The writer urges that gangs of workers should be sent immediately to the infested centres, working from the circumference towards the centre, and rooting up the pest and burning it. Only thus could its spread be stopped. The Government were unable to cope with the pest, and he urges the citizens to raise a fund to secure the destruction of the pest. He suggests that every adult be asked to pay 6d per annum, and every child 1d, and a committee of independent gentlemen be appointed to administer the fund. The Government might find tools and grant passes. He concludes, by hoping that the matter--which he regards as a national one--will be taken up in a true " help-one another" spirit, and that something tangible will result.


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Thursday 12 July 1906, page 8


The Land Court was held at the Court House on Saturday last, before  Mr. Lands Commissioner 'Mr M W Borten. There were 41 applicants for 35,047 acres and of these 29,607 were allotted, and 5,440 acres adjourned. Deposits received totalled £534 11s 7d. and .£481 17s 9d were remitted. A large portion of the land selected is  in the Chinchilla district, a good' portion being infested with pear. Other land applied for is included in the .Jinghi .Jinghi. Seven Oaks, Burncluith, 'and Robertson groups.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Saturday 14 July 1906, page 2

Proposed New Railway

Chinchilla to Taroom. Report on Timber Wealth.

Tho Department of Lands has received a report of. An officer (Mr. F. W. Lade), concerning the belt of country north from the western railway between Chinchilla and Miles, lying immediately south of the watershed between the Burnett to the north, and Dogwood and Charley's Creeks, iffluents (sic) of the Condamine, to the south. It contains several points of interest.

Tho soil is generally of a sandy nature, well-watered, and heavily timbered. Up to the present the timber-getters have only been roughly through these parts. The whole of the country extending from Hell Hole Creek watershed westerly to the Dawson Range has been proclaimed a timber reserve for hardwood and cypress pine. Beyond all doubt , the report says, this is the home of the ironbark, which grows abundantly, .and is generally considered of the best quality procurable in the State. The bulk of it is usable, while many of the trees are suitable for short piles and girders. As well as a large supply of mature timber, there are 'innumerable patches of ironbark saplings, which require attention to secure the best and most profitable growth. The officer regards it as deplorable that young ironbark trees are cut for sleepers. He urges a system of forest conservation. He had not previously seen so large a tract of ironbark country where the timber was so uniformly good. The belt produces spotted gum to perfection, and many other good timbers.

In the Miles and Chinchilla districts cypress pine grows well, almost everywhere, milling timber abounding in large quantities on all sides. Since the 90’s drought, many millions of seedlings have sprung up. and are forming scrub so dense as to be almost impenetrable on horseback. the officer reported in very favourable terms it the timber in the parishes of Pelham and Brinkey, and areas have been reserved in consequence. The whole of the country reported upon is very level. A traction engine is not a success in this part, because of the sandy soil, and the logs being hauled to the sawmills have often to be unloaded and reloaded during the journey in the mill.  Teamsters complain that if a light line of railway  were constructed, they would be deprived of their livelihood, but such is not the case, as they would continue to act as feeders further out.

A light railway or tramway run out northerly from Chinchilla for a distance of 20 to 25 miles, would serve the settlers on Charley's Greek, and those about to settle at it, Burncluith and the Pelican settlers, well as serving the timber country on Speculation and further north. Such a line, the report says, could be so continued as to run westerly through the timber country to serve the lumber trade, and also tap the extreme southern end of the Burnett  district, and, continuing on further, serve also the Dawson country with Taroom as its objective. " From the nature of the country, I should judge the construction of such a line would be inexpensive, but do not consider myself competent to offer a decided opinion."

There is a feeling in the district that the country should be  developed by a railway line from Chinchilla to Taroom. Miles has been mentioned as the junction of any extension to serve the country in question, but it is pointed  out that by going from Chinchilla it  would pass  through much better country.  The newer proposition would be about 10 miles longer than if the line went to Miles, but this increased distance would be compensated by better railway country on the other route. For 14 miles the line would pass through country now settled on both sides, while further on there is a large urea adapted for settlement, to say nothing of the tapping of the timber country. It is also suggested that at a point about 10 miles outside of Chinchilla, this line would connecd with the Dalby-Bell line at Bell, and thus serve the Jondaryan (sic) country.


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Monday 16 July 1906, page 5


Advice from Chinchilla states that the disastrous drought of 1902 has left behind many marks of its ravages, and these are particularly  lasting and noticeable  in timber country. Mr. F. W. Lade, in  his report on the Chinchilla lands, says: Evidences of the devastating effect of the drought are over present in the shape of dead timber, and hundreds of acres are occasionally traversed whereon not one tree is left alive. The timbers are mostly ironbark ' and cypress pine. These areas are small tablelands where the rock is often visible on the surface, and where at best there are only 2ft. of soil.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Monday 16 July 1906, page 4

Deplorable Practices.

Some pithy remark) concerning the practices of timber hewers are made by .the State Forest Ranger (Mr. F. W. Lade) in his report to the Lands Department concerning the Chinchilla hardwood country. In commenting on the magnificent ironbark to be found in that area, Mr. Lade said it was a most deplorable fact that ironbark was cut into sleepers both half round and hewn. Some of the half round sleepers measured were found to have been cut out of sound trees about 36 inches in girth.  Supposing they had been too short for girders, comments Mr. Lade, they would still have been quite suitable for headstocks when they had grown to regulation size.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tuesday 17 July 1906, page 2



Mr. F. W. Lade, State Forest Ranger, has presented the. Lands Department with ' an interesting report concerning the hard-wood country in the Chinchilla district, from which some extracts are taken.

…..heavily timbered, the chief timbers being narrow-leaved ironbark, spotted gum, and cypress pine. Other timbers found are broad-leaved ironbark, blue-gum, sugar-gum, box, gum-top box, forest oak, thready-barked oak, beefwood, wattle, lancewood, ironwood, and yellow jack. ….

At Jimna there was more timber, and though it was of greater length, the quality was not so good. Referring to the spotted gum, he said that the same area produced the timber to perfection, and judged that most of the trees were perfectly sound and many 50ft. long, while it would not be difficult to supply a large order for girders of 30ft. in length. There were also many patches of saplings of great length, some being quite 50ft. and only 8in. in diameter at the butt………..

The cypress was of two sorts-red and black. The former did not grow to profit………

The ironbark and cypress pine were being constantly cut. Noticing that the pine was being cut to a small size--24in. girth--he immediately took steps to prevent a continuance of the cutting of under-sized trees. A new saw-mill was being erected at Chinchilla by a Mr.'Grummett, lately from New South Wales, and it was reported that another mill was to be erected at Speculation. If those mills should work up to full capacity both the Chinchilla and Miles districts would need better supervision by a Crown lands ranger instead of by a police officer as at present.


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Wednesday 18 July 1906, page 7

Hardly a. week passes without a. party of Southern land seekers passing through Dalby en route for Chinchilla or Miles  or other parts of the district. Many of these ultimately settle here, and  some  good business deals have been transacted by local  agents. The Southern farmers have evidently a high opinion of  Queensland's pastoral and agricultural future, and .are picking up some good   patches of land for their own advancement. '


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Thursday 19 July 1906, page 6


Throughout the district the health of stock has been good with the exception of sheep, which have been suffering from worms, and a number have died. Only twenty-five cows were put through the dip during the month, and no ticks have been found upon any local stock. About 230 dairy cattle arrived in the district, and it is expected that a great imeptus (sic) will be given to dairying in the near future. Both the pig and poultry industries are beginning to assume fair proportions. The area of land at present sown with wheat is about 900 acres, and a further 200 acres will be sown as soon as the weather is favourable. Only small areas have been sown with barley and oats, but  in every instance the crop is looking well. The rainfall for the month was small, only 27 points being recorded. Herbage is plentiful everywhere.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Friday 20 July 1906, page 2

Rabbits and Prickly Pear ; Too Much Grass for Stock.

The rabbit inspector in the St. George district has forwarded a report to the Central Rabbit Board, in which he explains that………. 1 rode along the netting fence from Chinchilla to Brigalow. The road goes' through dense pear nearly all the way, and it would be impossible for a  cart  to work amongst it. An odd rabbit will  make through the pear on to the 'fences, but I have been over the country to the  south (in the Maranoa district), and am  satisfied that there are only odd ones within 50 miles of that corner, and very few within 100 miles. These are being dealt with on country that can be worked. ………….

I found grass in abundance on all the country I travelled over, too much, in fact, for stock to do well on, especially sheep. These are suffering greatly with grass seed and the Fly pest, and there are heavy losses in places.


Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1948), Wednesday 25 July 1906, page 2

- The quarterly appointments to the commission of the peace were issued last week. The gentlemen who have been so honored include Messrs, W. Austin and S.. G. Roberts, of St. George; J. Grimmett, G. Hands, and G. W. Lewis, of Chinchilla; and Mr. J. Harris, of Jackson.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Wednesday 1 August 1906, page 4

Lines for Opening Crown Lands. …(in part)

In the Legislative Assembly last night the Minister for Railways stated that the Lands Department had submitted the following proposed lines for consideration -………….

 Dalby to Jondowaie, 30 miles , Chinchilla to Taroom 100 miles, Miles to Condamine, 25 miles , Roma towards Durham Downs, 25 miles , Kumkillenbar (towards Upper Quinalow,) 12 miles , Goondiwindi to Moonee River, 90 miles


Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954), Friday 10 August 1906, page 5



A deputation, introduced by the Hon. .J. T. Bell (Dalby), waited on the Minister for Railways to urge the construction of a railway from Chinchilla to Taroom, a distance of 100 miles.

Mr. Bell pointed out that the timber on the route would be a big asset to the Railway Department. He also stated that the country contained splendid soil, and this same land would be largely selected if opened up with a railway.

Mr. Denham, in reply, said the best route must be selected. He was prepared to await the deputation that was to come from Miles on the same subject. If the deputation was under the impression that the ratepayers would accept the railway under the conditions of the bill before Parliament, he could have no objection to the construction of the line.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Saturday 11 August 1906, page 4


Sir,-I note that the Minister for Railways has stated in the House that the Lands ' Department 'has submitted a number of proposed lines for consideration, including a line from Chinchilla to Taroom, a distance of 100 miles, --which, by the way, would pass through a portion of the electorate represented by the Minister for Lands. I am sure, sir, that every one who has a knowledge of the Dawson country will heartily welcome railway communication to that prosperous district, which is probably one of the best in the State, As the starting point of this line is most essential, kindly allow me a little space to point out a  few facts why a trial survey should be made from Miles.

A line from Miles (which is and has been the terminus for the Taroom trade for the last quarter of a century) would be about sixteen miles shorter than the Chinchilla route, and as this route is more favourably adapted for railway construction there would be a saving of  approximately £40,000, which is no small item to the hard-pressed taxpayers. As teamsters, the royal mail coach, and travelling public have always and still continue to travel the Miles route in preference to the Chinchilla route—not withstanding the fact that the present Minister for Lands had a bridge erected over the  Dogwood Creek at Pelham some  six  years  ago ,and the Wambo Shire Council had also  spent a considerable  amount of money repairing the road from Chinchilla to Pelham Bridge with the one object to secure the Taroom trade for Chinchilla -- proves conclusively that the  Miles route must be superior.

The advocates of the Chinchilla route appear to  have the assistance of the Lands Department in advertising that a line from that town would traverse some good timber country, but they carefully forget to mention the fact that teamsters are hauling sleepers and bridge timber a distance of thirty-two miles, which clearly illustrates that the fine timber we hear so much about in close proximity to Chinchilla must be almost exhausted.  

One great advantage the Miles route has is that a line from that town would traverse a large area of grand timbered country for the first sixty miles, which would be capable of supplying the Railway Department with an inexhaustible supply of sleepers and bridge timber, and saw-millers with an unlimited supply of very superior cypress pine, which is now in great demand. Practically all the sleepers and bridge timber for the Cunnamulla Railway were procured in close proximity to Miles, and a few miles farther along the route an axe has not been put' into the timber.

Miles is also blessed with an inexhaustible water supply, and during the late drought of 1901-2 the Railway Department had to depend upon Miles for their water between Warra and Roma. I have it on good authority that the water supply at Chinchilla was exhausted months prior to the breaking of the drought. Perhaps this is the reason why the Railway Department have wasted approximately £1500  in having a dam erected in Rocky Creek, close to Chinchilla, which has already been washed away about half a dozen times, and will probably be washed away again.

A petition in favour of  a trial survey for a line from Miles to Taroom  has been signed  by the   residents of the district, and will  be presented to the Minister in due course. The Miles people only ask for justice, and surely they are entitled to that. Since the late Sir Hugh Nelson retired Murilla has unfortunately been sadly neglected.  It is to be hoped that the next Parliamentary representative will bring the claims  of this great electorate .—Murilla--prominently to the front, and when necessary make the Legislative Chamber ring.-I am, sir. &r"

W. S. ADDISON. Miles, August 8.


Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), Tuesday 14 August 1906, page 12

Dalby, August 13. ' The Chinchilla lands continue to claim attention from Southerners, and Mr. Lewis recently passed through with a batch of prospective settlers from the Richmond River, bent on an inspection of the available Crown areas. Mr. Warren, who recently brought over a group of settlers to take up Baking Boar (sic) lands, has landed a large herd of dairy cows, and intends getting to work at once. Mr. Warren is particularly impressed with the quality and cheapness of the land. 


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Friday 17 August 1906, page 8


At the local hospital on Sunday last, Mr. William Welsh died. He was a contractor of Chinchilla, who had been admitted  to the institution five  weeks ago. Deceased was 50 yours of  age, and leaves a family of four sons, the youngest seven years of ago and the eldest twenty years.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Saturday 18 August 1906, page 10


Sir,-I read with some interest the letter from Mr. W. S. Addison, of Miles, which appeared in Saturday's issue of your journal, and note the arguments which he has used in favour of the Miles-Taroom railway route. They are true in every respect, and I can confirm his statements to be accurate from personal knowledge. There is  however, one very important factor, which Mr. Addison seems to have lost sight of in connection with branch lines of railway in this State. That factor, too, is the very keynote to the future prosperity of Queensland, and is contained in the two words " land settlement." Therefore, I was pleased to read in Mr. Denham's reply to the Chinchilla deputation the statement that: In the future the best interest of the districts would be paramount, and no particular centre would be favoured because of any strong political pull that it may possess.'

That being the hypothesis on which trial surveys of  the rival routes --from Chinchilla and Miles to Taroom --have been sanctioned by the Minister for Railways, I hope the Hon. J. T. Bell, as Minister for Lands, will study the best interests of the State as regards land settlement in this matter, and that he will cause independent reports to be made to his department on the nature of the land between Miles, Drillham, Dulacca, Yeulba, and Taroom  for the purposes of   promoting closer settlement. If he does so, I have no doubt where the line of railway from Taroom should junction with the main line, and in the matter of justice to the public lands of the State, I have no hesitation in saying that Chinchilla will be out of the question.

A line of railway starting from Miles and running north by west to the Bundi resumed lands, thence through those lands to Taroom via Euromba, would pass through good agricultural lands the whole way--in fact, after passing thirty miles along that route, through good timbered country the whole time, some of the finest black soil downs country in Queensland would be tapped. That land, too, belongs to the Crown, and is permanently watered. This route would be the most central through the large tract of Crown lands on either side, and it would pass through country from which farmers and dairymen could get a good living, and on which they could confidently establish good homes, without the sad incubus of uncertainty hanging over their heads.

The land close along that route would also be comparatively free from prickly-pear, yet if left in an idle state for a few years longer will become infested, I have no doubt. I really think it a shame to have such fine Crown lands lying idle whilst farmers from the other States and our own young men are being dumped down on pear-infested waterless scrub lands at prices which will mean an impoverished existence in years to come. Around Taroom, too, and for many miles beyond that richly-endowed township, there are hundreds of thousands of acres of fertile virgin lands lying idle--lands upon which hundreds of prosperous families should have been settled long before this.

Taking the proposed route from Chinchilla, the country bears no comparison whatever with the  lands of Bundi, Wolleebee,  Bauhinia Vale, Euromba, and those other portions of Crown lands lying to the east-ward thereof. Besides, too, some of the lands at the head of Rochedale Creek would cost £14 per acre to clear from prickly-pear, and prickly-pear selections are not the class of asset which even a Railway Betterment Bill will drive money into the State coffers from. Yet those lands are within a radius of the Miles-Taroom route, as described herein, sufficiently close to be dealt with, as they are only worth being dealt with.

The successful system of permanently settling bona fide selectors upon the land will be brought about by reverting to homestead selections, whereby an inducement will be legitimately held out to one and all to take up the idle Crown lands of this State in 320 acres homestead selections at 2s. 6d. per acre, with the option of taking up a further adjoining agricultural farm selection of, say, 960 acres at 10s. to 15s. per acre on the twenty years' terms of payment, without interest. .When that system is in vogue, permanent land settlement will set in in Queensland, and the railways of the State will turn in a decent revenue, because spasmodic speculation in land selection would thus be prevented, and after the five year’s residence clause of the conditions of the homestead selector had been performed, a good and substantial home would be established.

At present there is a big lot of speculation taking place in the land settlement of this State, and in many instances the genuine intention of closer settlement by agricultural farm selection will be defeated. This is due to allowing holders to perform the condition of occupation by registered agents, instead of by the personal continuous residence of each holder of 1280 acres for at least the first five years of his tenure.

As I stated at the outset, land settlement is the keynote to Queensland's prosperity, so I trust that when the future consideration of branch lines of railway through agricultural centres is under consideration that the land laws of the State will also receive serious consideration, so that a bold peasantry, their country's pride, may be prosperously and permanently settled upon the rich Crown lands of this State,' and amongst that class upon the lands between Miles and Taroom-I am, sir, Ac.,

J. F. L. McKEON, Dalby, August 13.


Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), Tuesday 21 August 1906, page 5

SETTLERS FROM THE SOUTH During last week (says the Dalby "Herald") the Minister for Lands was interviewed by a party under the guidance of Mr. Murphy, who desire to select the remaining part of the Logie Plains and some additional country. The party included about 10 Victorians who had already inspected the land and had been favourably impressed with it. Mr. Bell was also interviewed by a party from the South, who intend (to) select on Woodmillar Scrub, close by Gayndah. On Friday last ( a group of) Richmond River farmers (went?) through to Chinchilla in company (with) Mr. Lewis, and another Victorian ( and) his son is inspecting 5000 acres on the Condamine. Mr. Warren, who (organised?) a group for Baking Board, also (passed) through Dalby last week. He landed a large herd of dairy cattle(, and) will get to business straight away.'

(BR guessed some indecipherable words.)

(BR comment JW Redgen was a member of the party at Logie Plains)


Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 25 August 1906, page 10

STANTHORPE, August 18. There crossed the border at Wallangarra:— August 13—133 dairy cattle, Farley to Miles, James Brownlie; 38 dairy cattle, Flemington to Chinchilla, L. Varidie (sic);


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Thursday 30 August 1906, page 5


The large areas of land which have been selected. in the Dalby and Chinchilla districts' within the last few months formed the subject of discussion at  the   meeting of the Roma Town Council on Friday night (says the Western Star.' ' Roma). Alderman Ward said the Minister for Lands  was very anxious to  settle |people on the   land, and most  people would give, him  credit for the success  of his efforts. But 'he could not help noticing that the new farmers did not appear anxious to  travel away  from the  Minister's  own electorate. No one heard of the new settlers coming further west than Chinchilla. although the rainfall was better and the conditions better in every respect in the Maranoa. One acre in the Maranoa was worth three in the Dalby district.

He moved,-— 'That Mr. Spencer, M.L.A., be asked to bring this matter before the Minister, with a view to the attention 'of selectors being drawn   to the Maranoa.'  The Mayor seconded the motion. He said he had learnt that the country on the south side of the  line at  Miles had been selected, and it  was covered more thickly with scrub than the Maranoa land. He knew Mr.  Spencer would be glad of the Council's assistance in the matter, as there had been several subjects in the hands of the Minister and Lands Department for nine months which had not yet been attended to.  The motion would strengthen Mr. Spencer's hands, and enable, him  to 'shake Mr. Bell up a bit.' Alderman Care remarked that he had met a man from the Tweed Hiver district, who  was staggered when he told him good land, which cost £20 an acre on the Tweed. could be got in the Maranoa for £2 an acre. The motion was carried.


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Friday 31 August 1906, page 8

CHINCHILLA ORANGES. -- 'Some fine oranges are being grown in the Chinchilla district. Messrs. J. L. Holmes and Co., Margaret Street, Toowoomba, have had some of these on show lately, and in writing to the grower, Mr. L. L. Atkins, of Chinchilla, remark that the oranges are ‘splendid specimens,’ and have been admired by hundreds of people  who have visited their establishment.


Warwick Examiner and Times (Qld. : 1867 - 1919), Wednesday 5 September 1906, page 8

Mr. Frank Barnes, eldest son of Mr. G. P. Barnes, Warwick, will be married to Miss Ida Bussel, step-daughter of Mr. W. H. Pierce, Seven Oaks, Chinchilla, in Brisbane to-day.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Thursday 6 September 1906, page 2

DALBY, September 5.

.At the monthly Land Court on Saturday, before Mr, Commissioner Borton, 30,077 acres of land were applied for, nearly the whole of the area being taken up as prickly-pear selections, or prickly-pear frontage selections, over 1700 acres at Tieroboo, near Miles, being included in the list. The selectors were  Southerners, represented by Mr. Munro, Toowoomba. The remaining lands, which were situated in Chinchilla and Warra districts, were mostly taken up by local men.


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Friday 14 September 1906, page 1


At Chinchilla a tree fell on Michael Nolan and fractured his jaw. ' 


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Saturday 22 September 1906, page 7

Well-sinking for Settlers

Mr. Hamley, engineer under the Public State Improvement Fund, is visitíng the Baking Board district, near Chinchilla, to inspect the well being sunk for a party  of  Victorians, who are taking up land.


Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1948), Saturday 22 September 1906, page 3


The Roma district should get some of the people who were at present going to Dalby and Chinchilla,  and Mr. Bell  should be taught that some  people  were alive at Roma : A line to Yigerbay would tap splendid country for miles to the  north of Roma, and he considered the Government   should build each lines  instead of buying up large estates.


Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1948), Saturday 22 September 1906, page 2

A sad drowning accident happened at Chinchilla on Monday evening. A little boy named John Marr, about 4 years of age, was sent on an errand into Chinchilla with an elder brother, and when crossing Charley's Creek on a log, the little fellow slipped and fell into the creek and was drowned. The parents of the deceased come from New South Wales, and the father has lately  been employed in hauling logs for the local saw mill.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Saturday 22 September 1906, page 16


During the month the rainfall was 4.75in., and the country everywhere is looking splendid, in consequence. Stock are looking well and no disease has been reported. Herbage is abundant, and the wheat, of which there is about 2000 acres, is splendid, and gives evidence of an abundant crop. There are  no ticks in the district.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tuesday 25 September 1906, page 2

1 DALBY, September 23.

Mr. Hamley, Lands Department Engineer, is at present in the district, and will make a preliminary inspection of the road now being surveyed by Staff-surveyor Steele to give the Jinghi Creek settlers access to the Bell railway terminus. Unemployed will be sent up to clear the road on Mr. Hamley's specification. The engineer will next proceed to Baking Board, near Chinchilla, where a tank of 8000 cubic yards is to be put down, and Mr Hamley will also decide whether a well that is being sunk there will be continued, or a new site chosen, brackish waiter having been tapped at 150ft.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Monday 1 October 1906, page 3

Mr. Denham (Minister for Agriculture) stated ……(in part)

The department was now giving great attention to the dry farming methods, and if the experiments to be carried out were successful, the country from Mungindi to Taroom, and from Dalby to Chinchilla, would become a great wheat district, and Queensland might in the coming day be known as the granary of the world. The country had other great resources, and indeed Queensland had at any rate equal claims with Canada and New Zealand to be called God's own country. (Applause.)

















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