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Chinchilla 1906 May till June

photo is of the Mundell family on Redmarley station at Condamine in the 19000s

Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tuesday 10 April 1906, page 7

DALBY April 9-At the Land Court held on Saturday before Commissioner Bolton 21079 acres were selected principally on the Jinghi resumption and about Chinchilla Several groups of Victorians and settlers from New South Wales selected, Mr Murphy of Warra and Mr Lewis of Chinchilla acting as agents. Several applications from New South Wales held over.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Saturday 14 April 1906, page 6

(Written by Cliffe Mackie, responding to an earlier article).

During the whole of the late fifties a continuous wave of Upper Dawson blacks came down the northern tributaries of the Condamine River, commencing from Charley's Creek (Chinchilla) westwards to the Bungil ; and, notwithstanding their intimacy from a neighbourly point of view in the very nature of things, their hosts met them with a physical element approximate to their own, and so maintained a good understanding.

Jacob was met by Messrs. Gerrett and Walker at Undulla Creek, where he had been sent by his own people to invite the blacks in that locality to meet the Dawson marauders. It was these visitors who created the general uneasiness prevalent during the period above-mentioned.

They opened the ball with a raid on Mr. Perrier's Tiereboo station, near Condamine township, and drove him away. They killed the two shepherds alluded to in the Jacob episode ; speared Mr. Blyth, of Blythdale, in the leg ; Mr. Barton, of Wondongle, Balonne River, through the body ; killed a married couple named Byrnes at Tchanning Creek, where the old Wallan Bendermeer road crosses ; was so attentive to Mr. Coxen, of the last-named place, that he abandoned it for a time ; sampled the writer's scalp at Bingie Crossing, six miles above Noorandoo station. Ten years before, John Stephen came out from Gill Gill (N.S.W.) to occupy it, and made domestic economies only middling as far down the Balonne as Tartilla Creek, near where Leichhardt left the river to go north. While these people were so much in evidence, ruptures naturally occurred between them and the whites which might, or could, have been avoided with a little tact.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Wednesday 18 April 1906, page 5

Looking for Land.

Gayndah and Chinchilla.

Mr. Murphy, the agent in Victoria for the Queensland Department of Lands, recently brought up from the southern State a party of over 20 farmers who were desirous of settling in Queensland. The party went up to the  Gayndah district to inspect some new country there, and has just returned to Brisbane. Mr. Murphy states that he saw some very good land, though it was rather far from the railway. Tho Victorian party is now about to make a trip westward, with a view to seeing some land in the Chinchilla district.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Thursday 19 April 1906, page 5


Mr. Murphy, sen., who has been piloting  a number of Victorians who are anxious to secure land, has returned from the Degilbo district, where an inspection was made. They left yesterday for the Chinchilla district. The original party who came over with Mr. Murphy numbered twenty-one.


Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 - 1934), Friday 20 April 1906, page 23

Chinchilla.—Heavy rains fell during the month." Herbage is plentiful everywhere, and stock are all in good condition and healthy. There are no ticks in the district. Dairying is rapidly increasing. Two sawmills arc shortly to be erected, one in Chinchilla, the other 5 miles out.


Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), Tuesday 24 April 1906, page 12

Messrs. Page and. Bowman AT DALBY.

(By Telegraph from Our Correspondents.)  Dalby, April 22.

Messrs, J. Page, M.H.R., and Mr. D. Bowman, M.L.A., addressed a fairly large audience in the Oddfellows' Hall on Thursday night. The Mayor presided. Mr. Page, in the course of his speech, declared himself a red-hot Socialist, who believed not only in Socialism in our time, but Socialism all  the time. He severely criticised the military. He declared himself  against any coalition of the Labour party, and said the State party made a mistake in forming a coalition with the Morganites, as the Cabinet Ministers of that party had no Sympathy with their Labour colleagues. Mr. Bowman said his visit was mainly with the object of reforming a W.P.O. in Dalby. Both speakers were given a good hearing, and no questions were asked.

When at Chinchilla, on the previous evening, a deputation of the townspeople waited upon Mr. Page, and asked  him to use his influence to get them a post-office separate and apart from the railway station. Mr. Page said he had never yet failed in anything he had undertaken, and as he believed the request was a reasonable one they could take it that a post-office was a foregone conclusion.


Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), Thursday 26 April 1906, page 4

Looking for Land


A party of 12 settlers from Singleton, Maitland, Guyra, Quirindi, and Armidale district, New South Wales, who have come to Queensland to inspect land with a view to settling, had an interview with the Minister for Lands this morning (says the "Observer"). Some desired to go in for dairying, others for sheep raising.

Mr. Bell suggested that they should go to Chinchilla, and if they were not satisfied they could go to Warra. Then if they desired they could inspect land in the Gayndah district. If any desired to go to the Rockhampton district he could show them some good country. Discussing the class of land required, the members of the party stated that they required land which could be made freehold. Mr. Bell mentioned land known as Fairyland, near Chinchilla, which he was prepared to offer at a low price in areas of 800 acres. This is near the Pelican group land, of which four blocks were still available. If a group of a dozen was formed he was prepared  to allot  them land on Fairyland.

Near Chinchilla, Mr. Bell said, there was some land bordering the railway infested with prickly-pear; and if any desired to take  this up he was prepared to let them  have it for next to nothing on clearing conditions.

It was decided that six of the party should go to the Chinchilla district and six to the Wondai district. An inspection of other areas was spoken of.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Monday 30 April 1906, page 5


A coach accident occurred at Chinchilla on Saturday morning, when the mail coach for Hawkwood came into collision with a stump two or three miles outside of Chinchilla (says the Toowoomba "Chronicle" of 23rd April). Among the passengers were a Mr. and Mrs. Winter, who were on their honeymoon. Mrs. Winter was thrown heavily, and received injuries to the face. She was brought to Toowoomba by the Western mail train on Saturday afternoon, and attended by Dr. Price, who found that the injuries were not so serious as was at first feared, and he expects that in four or five days she will be sufficiently recovered to resume her journey.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tuesday 8 May 1906, page 2

DALBY May 7--At the Land Commissioner’s Court on Saturday before Mr. Commissioner Mark Borton, applications were received for 11 858 acres, chiefly agricultural farms and homesteads in the parishes of Colamba, Chinchilla, Diamond, Buchan, Thorn, Logie, and Jandowaie. Southern applicants were well represented.


Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1948), Wednesday 9 May 1906, page 2


Roma; Wednesday May 9, 1906

A NOT unusual trait in Australian character has recently been displayed in the Burnett district. The Government set apart a large  area of land in the neighborhood of Wondai for closer settlement. It is known that many families in the southern parts of the Commonwealth are desirous of securing holdings in Queensland. They have  come to recognise that the value of land in the districts in which they are now located have been considerably enhanced, so much so, indeed, that many of them are unable to buy it. They also know that abundance of equally good land for agricultural and dairying purposes is obtainable in Queensland, that it can be acquired at a very cheap rate and under exceptionally easy conditions. They believe, further, that in the course of time, this Queensland land will rise in value very considerably, and they are moving out this way in considerable numbers. The Queensland Government has offered many encouraging facilities for these settlers to take up land in this State, one feature being the reservation of certain blocks to enable the newcomers to settle together on adjacent areas, and maintain to some extent the social intercourse in the new homes that has existed in their old ones. It appears a limited area was so reserved near Wondai, while ample room was left for settlement by local residents. Some of the local residents, however, complained that several portions of the land reserved for southern selectors was just the land they themselves wanted to get.

The peculiar trait in Australian character would appear to be a craving desire to  acquire land belonging to some other person, or land there is some difficulty is obtaining. We see it  manifested and encouraged in measures for “bursting up big estates," and also in this Wondai land opened to selection a fortnight ago. There is abundance of land obtainable equally as good as any comprised in the big estates, and the manner in which some portions of the Burnett sections were disposed of is some indication that plenty of good land outside the reserved blocks is yet available for settlement. But everybody wants a water frontage, and this is just what the Lands Department cannot always provide. Of course there must be disappointment when several persons desire one particular article, and it may appear to be unjust for land to be set apart for Australians in another State to the exclusion of Australians already on the spot.  

But there it room to suspect that the desire to acquire a particular portion was created. The New South Wales Government has made provision for certain areas to be set apart for selection in the United Kingdom by intending settlers in New South Wales. This is done with a view to encourage settlement by our people, and to enable the intending settler before he decides to leave the old country to be certain of obtaining without delay a piece of land when he arrives in Australia. It is a wise provision to make.  It will save the immigrant an enormous amount of trouble and anxiety because he will know exactly the locality to which he is destined, and having confidence in the assurances of the State officials sent to England to promote immigration as to the quality of the land, and its suitability for the purpose he intends to apply it, he will feel certain of his future prospects. We have not yet seen any complaints connected with this system of reservation in New South Wales, but no doubt   there are people there who would very much like to  take  up some of the blocks thus set apart for selection  in England by intending settlers in Australia. It is a peculiar trait in human nature, perhaps, to try to get what appertains to others. In a democratic country like Queensland, where every adult is entitled to exercise the franchise, this must be embarrassing to Ministers—in the incident under notice, to the Minister for Lands.

It is well known that Australian farmers in the southern States hare deputed some of their number to come to Queensland to inspect the cheap and  large areas of land here offered for occupation and report upon its quality. So well satisfied have they been with these reports that recently considerable settlement has taken place to the eastward of Roma—about Chinchilla, Warra, and other places along the railway line.

So great, indeed, has been the demand for land in the Northern Downs and Burnett districts that in order to meet it and furnish some assurance that farmers from the other States shall be enabled to settle in groups on the sections they may desire, the Minister for Lands has wisely, we think, reserved certain portions in the areas surveyed for the people who have intimated an intention  to come from the other States to occupy that particular land.

There is abundance of excellent land in this district now available for selection under the favorable conditions set out in the various Land Acts which remain unapplied for. In the course of time those farmers who find themselves pinched for room, or other conditions are not satisfactory, will come this way, and the Minister will probably set apart for this description of settlement some of the areas which have not as yet been applied for, together with others.

It would  not be surprising, in that event, to hear the same outcry raised here as that near Wondai that " sons of farmers, who are desirous of going on the land fail to see why visitors should receive such favored treatment." There is abundance of land in the Maranoa, excellent land, for almost any number of settlers, and though there are many places at inconvenient distances from  the railways, settlement will bring the railways.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Friday 11 May 1906, page 2

Prickly Pear Lands. Areas to be Made Available,

It is understood that it  is the intention of the Government to shortly throw open to settlement a large area of pear-infested lands near Chinchilla under the special  provisions of the Act. Already some areas have been taken up, and there appears to be a demand setting in for this class of country, because of the reasonable conditions under which it can be occupied. There are three ways at present in vogue to get rid of the growth. One is to chop with mattocks and then bury or burn the leaves ; another to fall timber amongst the pear and then burn it off when dry enough; and a third to spray with various poisonous preparations. Once cleared, the pest can be easily kept in check.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Friday 11 May 1906, page 2

DALBY, May 8.

At a meeting of the Chinchilla Farmers' Association, the secretary (Mr. Lewis) was instructed to write to the Minister tor Lands requesting that a monthly land commissioner's court be held at Chinchilla, and asking him to throw open for prickly-pear selection all lands in the district that are pear-infested. It was also decided to approach the Railway Department with reference to the erection of a cream shed. The secretary was directed to urge upon the Home Department the necessity for extra police assistance.


Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), Saturday 12 May 1906, page 11

PRICKLY-PEAR INFESTED LANDS. A  movement has been initiated at Chinchilla to make all the prickly-pear lands open to selection. This the Minister  has decided to do. There is a tendency to take up land on which pear is growing, because of the terms on which it can be secured, the area selected having increased year by year. Various methods have been adopted to eradicate the pest. One way is to chop the plants down with mattocks, and to bury the leaves or burn them when dry. Another method is to fall timber on the plants and fire it. Spraying with poisonous mixtures is also largely tried, in some eases with success.--"Observer.'"


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Thursday 17 May 1906, page 2

The Minister for Lands travelled from Brisbane to Bell on Saturday, proceeding to Jimbour on Sunday, and returned to Brisbane on Monday. He is opening a considerable area of country to prickly-pear selection near the railway line be-tween Brigalow and Chinchilla. Much of the land has excellent soil. For most of the infested selections, the terms are ten years without payment, then a purchasing price of 1s. per acre, to be paid in three years. The country is immediately to the north of the railway line.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Friday 18 May 1906, page 6


The weather was fine during the month, and no rain fell. Stock are all in good condition and there is abundance of grass. Crops are all looking well, and there will be a very heavy yield of maize. Paspalum dilatatum does remarkably well, and in many places has reached a height of 6ft. There has been a luxuriant growth of sorghum, which in many of the fields is 12ft high. Citrus fruits seem to do very well in the district. Dairying is making steady progress, but at present the class of dairy cattle is very poor. During the last three months over 52,000 acres of land have been taken up as agricultural farms, and some 15,000 more applied for by various groups. Numbers of intending settlers are arriving weekly from the Southern States in quest of suitable land. Agricultural implements of different kinds are coming in daily by train, and an air of prosperity seems to pervade the district.


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Monday 21 May 1906, page 4


The Ambulance received a call to meet the Western train on Saturday evening, to attend a young boy named Leslie Downes, aged 6 years, who resides with his parents at Chinchilla. It appears young Downes was riding a  horse on Saturday morning, when by some means or other he was thrown, his foot catching in the stirrup iron; his head came in contact with a log, and he received a severe wound at the back of his skull. The boy was conveyed by train to Toowoomba. At Dalby he was attended by a  doctor and had the wound dressed. The Ambulance conveyed him to the Hospital. On enquiry last evening we  were informed that he was in a serious condition.



Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Thursday 24 May 1906, page 4

Prickly Pear Lands.

20,000 Acres Opened. Easy Conditions of Settlement.

The Government, has decided to open to settlement a large area of pear infested lands in the Chinchilla district. As pear selections, 27 portions will be made available at Dulby on Chinchilla resumption on 7th July . The lots are mostly 160  acres in extent, and the prices range from 5s. to 10s. per acre. The conditions provide for no payments for five years. and one-third of the purchasing  price in each of the remaining three years. At the same time and place, 129 portions, also on Chinchilla, will be opened as pear selections, the bulk of the areas being 80 acres, while others run to 320 acres, according to value of the land. The prices are from 1s, to 4s. per acre, with no payments for 10 years ; money to be paid in equal instalments in three succeeding years. The whole area thus offered totals about 20,000 acres.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Thursday 24 May 1906, page 3

New South Wales Settlers.

The party of twelve settlers from New South Wales who came to Queensland to inspect land had an interview with the Minister for Lands yesterday, and obtained information concerning lands available and the conditions under which it could be taken up . With one exception, they will go along the Western line, to Warra, Chinchilla, and Miles, to look at land there . These are wheat and sheep farmers. . One of them will go to Atherton to inspect the scrub lands, and if he is favourably disposed, a number of others in his State will probably settle there and engage in dairying.


Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 26 May 1906, page 12

Stock transport: 24 bulls, Mr. Jeffrey owner, New South Wales to Chinchilla ; 90 cattle, Mr. Frazer owner, New South Wales to Chinchilla ;


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Friday 1 June 1906, page 4

Utilising Prickly-pear Land. '

For long stretches along the South-Western railway there  are great areas of prickly- pear. Just at  present there is a disposition to settle on this land . Recently the Minister  for Lands was asked to throw open to selection all the infested areas in the Chinchilla  district, and this he gladly did. The pear  has been so great a menace that an Act was passed some years ago, at the instance of the present  Minister, empowering the Government to offer a bonus for the selection of land infested with pear. Some areas were opened under these conditions: but the state of the finances prevented much being done.  Lands opened to selection are offered at very low rates-sometimes  with  no charges, and in other eases merely at a nominal sum per acre; and in order that every encouragement should be given to retain the selections, no rent is demanded for the first  five  or ten years.  Conditions are imposed, however, necessitating the destruction of the pear. A hopeful indication in connection with this pest is that  groups of farmers are now offering to take up land in  blocks. The  Minister secured  authority in the last Land Act to proclaim prickly-pear land open to selection in groups. Under these conditions a large area on Chinchilla resumption will be available at Dalby on Saturday next to a party called the Colamba group. Yesterday it was decided to make about 20,000 acres of land available to the Rush group at Dalby on July 7. This land is on  Dulacca and Dulacca North, and out of seventeen farms fourteen are on prickly-pear land, representing an area of over 16,000 acres.  Some settlers from New South Wales appear to favour pear land on the conditions on which it can be secured.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Saturday 2 June 1906, page 6

87 cattle, J. Fraser owner, New South Wales to Chinchilla; 45 cattle, W. Badden owner, New South Wales to Chinchilla


Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 2 June 1906, page 10

GOONDIWINDI, May 28. 55 dairy cows. 1 bull, and 12 'horses from Hardrock, Singleton, to Chinchilla. R. J. Marney, owner, in charge. The weather is bright and warm. 


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tuesday 5 June 1906, page 4


DALBY. June 4.

At the Land Court on Saturday, Southern selectors were well represented, as well as local applicants. Altogether 22,186 acres were selected, and a sum of £405 5s. was paid as deposits. The land selected is principally agricultural farms and homesteads, but there is also a good sprinkling of prickly-pear infested selections.

At the Wambo Shire Council meeting at the end of last week it was resolved to agitate strongly for telephonic communication between Dalby and Chinchilla, Warra, and Macalister. Petitions will be sent to the places mentioned for the sig-natures of those desiring the connection.


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Saturday 9 June 1906, page 5

DALBY DISTRICT. Lands open for Selection. — On 7 July next ; Portion. 102v, 98 acres, Chinchilla ; Portion 129, Parish Chinchilla;

Lands withdrawn from selection:— 550 acres, Colamba, adjoining Portion 97; 130 acres. Colamba, adjoining portion 9; The unselected land in the Parish of Earle; 31 square miles, Parish of Colamba.


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Friday 15 June 1906, page 5


It has frequently been asserted by those competent to judge that no place in Queensland is more suited to the growing of citrus fruits than the Chinchilla district. ' Judging by the samples of oranges and lemons left at this office by Mr Quirk there are good grounds for the statement. The fruit was grown by  Mr.  Fred' Harms, whose garden is situated   close to the township of Chinchilla. For size and quality the fruit would be hard to excel. Especially does this remark apply to lemons, which are in every way superior to the imported fruit. Mr. Harms should have no difficulty in obtaining the highest market values for his fruit.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Wednesday 27 June 1906, page 3

South-Western Lands.

Areas to be Surveyed. Grievance Against Railways.

The ' Minister fur Lands has just  returned from a visit  to sume of the southwestern districts, including Warra, Chinchilla, and Miles.

At the last named place he  met a  deputation, who urged that certain leasehold properties in the vicinity should   be  secured for closer settlement purposes. The Minister replied that the requests would be inquired into, and each holding dealt with on its merits..

 Mr. Bell went to Dulacca, and rode across a large extent of country, including a considerable quantity of Crown lands. He intends having a survey made of this Crown land as soon as an officer is available. The general opinion, appears to be that the areas will be readily taken up by small farmers.

When passing through Toowoomba he met a deputation of southern men who are land-hunting. They have decided to take up holdings in a group under the prickly-pear sections of the Act on Tieryboo run, to the south of Miles. The Condamine River runs through this land.

 Strong complaints were made by settlers who have recently made their homes at Jondowaie and Warra, of the inadequate postal arrangements, as well as the lack of facilities for the despatching and receiving of goods at the railway stations in that part. Mr. Boll expressed the hope that the authorities would remedy the grievances as early as possible.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Monday 25 June 1906, page 3


Good rains fell during the month, and 3.10in. were recorded. Stock are all healthy, and in good condition. The dairying industry is steadily increasing, and numbers of dairy cattle are being introduced from New South Wales by the new arrivals from that State, who have now settled here. A great deal of attention is being paid to pig-raising, and this industry promises to become a very large one in the near future.


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

BUILDING OPERATIONS. A large number of new buildings, mostly private houses, are being completed in the town and the majority of these are already let to tenants. Amongst the more important structures are Webbs Hotel, the Dalby butter factory and Lindow's Jewellers shop, all of which are practically finished, whilst about a dozen private  houses ranging from six rooms downwards are almost ready for occupancy. Trouble is still experienced by contractors in obtaining timber and this has considerably delayed the completion of many of the buildings. Now that two new mills  have started operations at Chinchilla, it is expected a better supply will be available. 


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Saturday 30 June 1906, page 15


Taking the Dalby district as a whole, the prospects for the coming wheat season are anything but promising. For the heavier class of black soil there has not been sufficient rain to enable farmers in many instances to plough their fields, while in others the ground is ready, but the growers are holding back the grain until a greater amount of moisture falls. In the Irvingdale portion of the district it is estimated that only about one-half the grain that, would otherwise have been  sown has so far been put into the ground, owing  to  the unfavorable weather conditions, and the same applies to the Maida Hill, Moola, Bunya, Moccatti’s Corner, and the lands to the south-west of Dalby.—Duckponds, St Ruth, and Macalister.

At Jondowaie the farmers have been more fortunate, and a good fall of rain a month ago enabled them to plant. All the wheat that is to be sown there has been put in, and on some of the fields the crop is nearly a foot high, and growing splendidly, the light loamy soil responding readily to the moisture and the genial conditions. At Chinchilla the prospects are very bright. Crops are growing luxuriantly, and a considerably increased area has been planted compared with last year.

Taking the whole district, therefore, only about three-parts of the 9000 and odd acres of last  year are under crop, and the remaining area is either unprepared or awaiting further rains before the owners will risk planting. Little or no barley has been sown this year. In the Irvingdale, Moola, Jondowaie, and Chinchilla districts very heavy crops of maize have been harvested, and some phenomenal yields are reported, but it is difficult to obtain authentic information in the matter of area and yield.












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