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Chinchilla in 1904

Queensland Country Life (Qld. : 1900 - 1954), Friday 1 January 1904, page 25

The Minister for Agriculture left Brisbane on Friday afternoon, and that same night joined the Minister for .Lands at chinchilla. Next day they set out to examine the adjoining country, the greater part of which is more or less infested with prickly pear, with the object of ascertaining whether the pest had got beyond the effective use of remedies. The soil is light, inclined to be sandy, and would grow wheat, barley, and other cereals. Mr. Denham thinks it a crying shame that the pear should have been allowed to make such inroads. The settlers are taking some interest in dairying, but the cows seen by the Ministers were not of a good milking strain.


Queensland Country Life (Qld. : 1900 - 1954), Friday 1 January 1904, page 25


The Cabinet have decided to throw open on 1st March, under the provisions of the Land Act of 1897, and the Prickly Pear Selections Act of 1901, forfeited farm No. 729, portion 20, parish of Chinchilla, an area of 350 acres. The selector will receive a bonus of £12 6s. per acre for clearing the land. . .


Sydney Stock and Station Journal (NSW : 1896 - 1924), Tuesday 5 January 1904, page 2



(From a Correspondent.)

We are having a wonderfully good season : but, unfortunately, we have very few stock left to eat the grass. December 24. 1903.



Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Thursday 14 January 1904, page 5



BRISBANE, Wednesday.

Mr. Denham, Minister of Agriculture, returned to Brisbane yesterday from a visit to Chinchilla and the surrounding district for the purpose of inquiring into the prickly pear pest, with which the district is infested. In the course of an interview Mr. Denham said that a big factor in dealing with the pest was the excessive number of reserves in the settled districts, which should be promptly dealt with. They should be sold to people who would keep them clean and make them productive. He stated that the indifference of freeholders and leaseholders was appalling. Strong, intelligent action was necessary, and possibly fresh legislation. Preventive measures must be adopted for indifferent or lazy people. All land should be classified, and owners unflinchingly dealt with according to the classification of their land. It seemed to him that the land was largely occupied by a species of land speculators, rather than by the genuine cultivator.


Gympie Times and Mary River Mining Gazette (Qld. : 1868 - 1919), Thursday 14 January 1904, page 3

'Notes-, and- News.

Between Chinchilla and Warra. A settler has taken a crop of 25 tons of 'Spanish onions off an acre of ground, sown with one lb. of Hunter River, seed.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tuesday 19 January 1904, page 4


A movement is on foot which has for its object the establishment of a butter factory at Chinchilla, where considerable interest is being evinced in the dairying industry. So far the district in without any such means for utilising the cream produced and if such a factory can be secured it should give a considerable impetus to the place. The Hon J T Bell, Minister for Lands, and member for the district, has been asked to ascertain if the Railway Department will agree to the factory being erected in the railway yard at Chinchilla and allow the use of the locomotive water supply for factory purposes .There is said to be plenty of room in the yard in question, and hopes are entertained that the reply of the Railway Department will be a favourable one.


Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Wednesday 20 January 1904, page 5



"An Old Queenslander" writes-I noticed the comment of the Queensland Minister in the 'Herald' a few days ago on this subject. I think it would have been more to the point to say that it is the more than appalling indifference of the Government of the country to which the disastrous spread of the prickly pear post through the length and breadth of the country is due. I am among the old men of the country now. I knew the Chinchilla and surrounding district between 30 and 40 years ago, when prickly pear was unknown--at least, I never saw it. I travelled through this district some time ago, and found it in an appalling state. Mr. Denham, the Minister for Agriculture, says the reserves should be sold to people who would keep them clean and make them productive. Does he think we could find buyers?

For my part, knowing what prickly pear is, I would not like to take a present of half the district to be compelled to clear it and keep it clean. It would simply mean ruin. There is a harder nut to crack over this prickly pear question than the Government appears to realise. In any case, it does not seem to trouble them much. I am alluding to New South Wales as well as Queensland. Take the district about Graves-end and Moree and on the western rivers. The whole country will be ruined before long.

A gentleman some short time ago told me the pear had reached the Barcoo country, and he knew of one small timber reserve there becoming a mass of it, and yet nothing is being done to check it. What will this mean to this country in the future, and whose is the fault? Why, the Government's. You might as well try and stop the tide with a pitchfork as to expect the landowners and lease owners of a district so overrun as the Chinchilla is to eradicate it. What about the Downs, Jondaryan. Russelly Plains, and the road right through to Cooya towards Nanango? Right into the heart of the dense scrub you will find the pear growing and prospering. The briar curse is bad, but prickly pear is 200 per cent, worse. I don't think anyone can realise what it means to this vast country in years to come. That it will take possession of it there can be no doubt, for we have not the population to fight it."


Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 - 1915), Tuesday 26 January 1904, page 4

''prickly Pears

In Queensland' this unsightly cactus has obtained an enormous foothold. Many stations and much good country are liable to be devastated by it. At one place, in Chinchilla, the pest was unknown 40 years ago, and now the whole land is overrun. People are far too few to stop its' inroads ; and the onward desolation progresses. Tho Darling Downs is also a heavy sufferer ; and there, persistent efforts are made to check the ruin caused by it. This curse prospers right into the edges of the scrub. Many settlers of standing suppose that in the course of time this scourge will compass the whole of Australia.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tuesday 26 January 1904, page 6



Mr. George Phillips, CE., who has been intrusted with the duty of reporting on the proposal to open up agricultural district with light railways, has now completed an examination of the areas referred to him on the Northern Darling Downs, encompasing the available land on Chinchilla, .Logic Plains, Burncluith, Jinghi Jinghi, Jinghi Jinghi East, Maida Hill, and Moola.

He divided the examination into two parts, taking the part about Maida Hill and Moola first, and the more western part later. On the last examination he left the railway at Chinchilla, and proceeded up Charlie's Creek, via Burncluith, and Mr. John Young Black's homestead, The Park, thence into the Logie Plains, inspecting Jim Pin and Moola Plains in particular,

He returned via The Park, and went up through Seven Oaks, Pelican, Nudley, and Fairyland, thence by the large timber reserve Jinghi Jinghi, and from there up Jondowaie Creek to Rosedale (Mr George Bassingthwaighte's property). He proceeded round the heads of Jinghi Jinghi and Diamond Creeks, and to the head of Jondowaie Creek, reaching the top of the Great Dividing Range on the road from Dalby to Burnett.

From thence he proceeded under the range easterly to the head of Downfall Creek, and through Cooranga lease and back again to Rosedale, and on to the township of Jondowaie. Mr. Phillips then went via Marnhull (the property of Mr. Thompson), through the centre of Wyobie estate, which is now under offer to the Government, to Warra, on the Western Railway.

From this point he made another incursion into Logie Plains scrubs as far as Haystack Plain, and, so tracing his steps to Warra, he returned to Jondowaie via the direct road along the western boundary of the Wyobie estate He then made a further incursion into Logie Plains scrubs, traversing Kates' Creek, Crinoline Plain, and Tuckerang Plains (the largest of the plains in the scrub), and thence up Jinghi Jinghi Creek and back to Jondowaie

Finally, Mr Phillips travelled from Jondowaie to Dalby via Jimbour, the total distance travelled by road being about 320 miles. Mr Phillips states that by far the greater part of the area inspected is of good quality, suitable for dairying, and for general agricultural purposes, including the growth of cereals, such as wheat and maize. There are larges of available scrubs in the district, which Mr Phillips believes in the near future will be considered of more value than the open country, and especially for dairying purposes, as the scrub land is very productive. The engineer's report is in hand, and he hopes, to send it to the Minister for Lands about the end of the present week. Mr Phillips proposes to leave for the Burnett district about the middle of next month, and the work there, a larger area having to be covered, will take a longer time.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Monday 1 February 1904, page 2

The following appointments of members of committees for State schools are notified, namely : Chinchilla, H. Massie, vice Robert F. Mackie, resigned ; and George Childs and Francis Reeves additional members ;


Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1948), Saturday 27 February 1904, page 2

It may interest some of the readers of the "Star" to learn that a party of men are prospecting in the neighborhood of Rocky creek, a place some 80 miles from Chinchilla, in the Burnett district, and that they have come across a deposit of stream tin. Mr. J. G. Green, who has been on Rocky creek, brought a sample of this tin to this office a couple of days since, and the information he gives is that two brothers, named Hopkin have secured a prospector's claim, and are now working the deposit, which yields 25 per cent of tin, 1 and 1/2oz. to the dish. Already Hopkin Bros, have 6cwt. of the stuff at grass. The sample is known as the ruby variety of tin ore, somewhat finer in the grain than that so well known found at Stanthorpe. It is said the creek is tin-bearing for a distance of ten miles. The prospectors have not yet discovered the lode, but hope to do so before long. In the event of the discovery turning out to be rich, there is no doubt the residents of this part of the State, of Chinchilla particularly, will derive considerable benefit from it.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Wednesday 2 March 1904, page 5


Considerable interest is being shown in the proposal to open an area of 15180 acres on the railway line between Warra and Chinchilla as prickly pear selections There are fifty-three portions, ranging from 97 acres to 520 acres in area and it is probable that the bonus allowed will be 12/6d. The date of opening has not yet been fixed. On 5th March one area of 350 acres, in the parish of Chinchilla, will be opened with a bonus of 12s 6d , and there are also four portions in the parish of Daandine of from 291 acres to 320 acres (totalling 1250 acres) to be opened on 8th April, with a bonus of 6d. per acre There are some areas already opened without a bonus.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Monday 14 March 1904, page 4


Tho Department of Agriculture has received a couple of sample lemons brought in from Chinchilla by Mr. D Jones. The trees are said to be bearing profusely. Mr Benson (fruit expert) says the fruit is of very good quality, that would cure down equal to any imported article It bears out the statements made from time to time by the fruit expert that the home for the lemon in Queensland is in the dry sandy soils of the interior, with irrigation and in a place free from frost, such as Barcaldine, Emerald and other places, where the conditions are analogous to Mildura; lemons can be grown in Queensland and Mildura is noted for the quality of its lemons.


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Monday 14 March 1904, page 2


At a meeting held at Wallumbilla on Wednesduy evening, Mr. D. Jones, who is now lecturing on cotton, in conjunction with Mr. J. Bottomley, of the Empire Cotton Growing Association, in the course of his remarks referred to these two subjects as products eminently adapted to the Western districts. Mr. Jones emphasised the importance of auxiliary crops being at hand in the event ''of disaster to staple products. He mentioned that some four years since he drew attention to the increasing demand for broom corn, and illustrated that the past good prices might have been availed of had those farmers who this past season had lost their wheat had sown their lands with broom corn.

The lecturer then dealt with same question in regard to cotton, showing that cotton either as an alternative; or as a subsequent crop to wheat,' was the most suitable product to grow. Cotton, it was pointed out is sown during September and October, at the end of the harvest period ; thus, should a farmer find himself the victim of climatic or other adverse circumstances, such as rust, etc., he could 'safely safeguard his position by sowing cotton on the non-productive wheat areas. Mr. Jones emphasised this point — that as wet weather at the time .of wheat harvesting means loss to the farmer, this very circumstance is propitious for cotton planting, cotton being a very drought-resisting crop, will grow with little moisture once well started, thus the attention of wheat growers can be confidently directed to this auxiliary in their farms rotation. Mr. Jones stated his conviction that cotton would grow well, as samples from Charleville, Mitchell, Roma, Wallumbilla, and Chinchilla unmistakably indicated, some of which was highly spoken of by the lecturer.


Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Wednesday 23 March 1904, page 7


As a basis to the formulation of the restrictions imposed, the territory of Queensland is divided into various scheduled areas, according to the liability of stock within those areas becoming infested by ticks. The boundaries are clearly defined. Owing to the spread of ticks during the past few months it has been found necessary to extend the boundaries of what are known as infested areas, from which the direct introduction of stock is absolutely prohibited. An exception is made in the cases of horses in actual work, that have for the next preceding four weeks been constantly stabled and groomed. But even they are subject to certain conditions as to smearing and Inspection.

These areas, generally speaking, comprise the coastal and eastern tablelands, and now extend as far west as Yeulba, on the Charleville railway line. They run thence northerly and westerly to a point west of Springsure. Miles and Chinchilla, where outbreaks of tick were recently reported, have consequently been included in this area. Another important alteration is the prohibition of the introduction of stock by rail from western areas.


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Thursday 14 April 1904, page 2


We are. informed by the . Stock Inspector that ticks have developed at Miles, Mr. Wood, assistant inspector from Chinchilla, having found ticks on many local cattle. .The stock owners are endeavouring to get rid of them by smearing', and if the stock are carefully attended to and with the near approach of winter it is possible they may be got down..


Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 16 April 1904, page 20

Land Commissioners' Courts.

Applications for Land.


Before Commissioner Barton, 8th April.

Agricultural Farms.—Accepted J.M. Pascoe, 320a., Chinchilla; E. Pascoe, 319a., Chinchilla, 319ac ; W.J. Adcock, 40a.

Agricultural Homestead.—Accepted: A. Gordon, 320 a., Moola ; J. H. Whitlock, 56ac. f Irvingdale ; A. B. Black, 320 a., Earle ; J. W. Sargent, 319ac., Moola.

Prickly-pear Selections.—Accepted : Charles Gurden, 31ac., Jondaryan ; Annie S. Gurden, 40a., Jondaryan.

Applications for Certificates. Agricultural Farms. —Granted : Herman Gaske, 20a., Chinchilla ; William Bowden, 319 a., Greenbank ; Ernest Witt, 30a., Chinchilla ; Karl Witt, 30a., Chinchilla.

Adjourned : Ed. Stewart, 100 a., Jondowaie ; Susan Stewart, 100 a., Jondowaie ; Thomas Pilkington, 20a., Chinchilla.

Agricultural Homestead.—Granted : James Russell, 126 a., Chinchilla.


Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 23 April 1904, page 28


Encouraging Immigration.



. TOOWOOMBA TO CHARLEVILLE.— Until Dalby is reached, 153 miles from the coast, there is practically no Crown land. To_ the north-east of Dalby and extending from about ten miles back from the railway line to the Dividing Range, there is an area of about 53,000 acres ; also to the south of the line in the parishes of Daandine, and Greenmount, about 7400 acres ; and between Warra and Chinchilla about 50,000 acres of more or less scrubby and prickly-pear infested country, which, when cleared, is suitable for wheat-growing and general farming. Average rainfall, about ?ln. To the west of Chinchilla, 203 mile* from coast, and on to Miles, 231 miles from the coast, there is an area of about 220,000 acres of similar land. Average rainfall, 29in. In the Roma district, between Yeulba, 281 miles from the coast, to a little beyond Roma, 318 miles from the coast, there is an area of 265.000 acres. embracing open black-soil plains, sandalwood and brigalow scrubs, and box and ironwood scrubs. The soil varies considerably, but there is a large proportion of good brown and red loamy soil. The average rainfall is about 20in., and the district generally is looked upon as a first-class one for wheatgrowing. Around Mitchell, 372 miles from the coast, there is an area available of about 120,000 acres of more or less scrubby country, with patches of open downs, the soil is of a good quality, and the Average rainfall Is about 22in. From there on to Charlevllle, 483 miles from the coast, where the average rainfall is 19in., there is a very large area of Crown land, comprising about 700.000 acres of sandal wood and brigalow scrub ; soil principally brown, sandy loam, and areas of open black soil plains. From there to Cunnamulla, 604 miles by rail from Brisbane, and about 520 miles from the coast, and with an average rainfall of about.16in., there is an area of about 350,000 acres, consisting generally of fine, open black-soil downs.


Inverell Times (NSW : 1899 - 1907, 1909 - 1954), Saturday 7 May 1904, page 4


The Chinchilla correspondent to the Dalby Leader writes Turkey shooting and fishing are the chief sources of amusement about here just now. Scrub turkeys are plentiful, and with a dog no difficulty is experienced in obtaining good bags in a short space of time. On the other hand, those who favor fishing have their exertions amply rewarded by a visit to the Condamine where cod-fish are biting freely, and quite a large number have been caught, ranging in weight from three to four pounds to between thirty and forty pounds,


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Monday 9 May 1904, page 9

Cattle Duffing at Chinchilla.

Some Smart Tracking.

Towards the end of Match last, the police from Condamine and Warra, with assistance from Fairymeadow and Perth stations, started on the tracks of a mob of cattle which had been taken from the southern boundary of Perth run by two horsemen. After three days' difficult tracking (about 60 miles) the party were successful in finding the cattle (18 . head) in a paddock on the Moonie River-

minus five calves. Five cows in the mob showed signs of having quite recently lost their calves, and there is scarcely room for doubt but that those cows were designedly taken away from their mothers for some wrongful purpose. As those' cattle were stolen about six or seven weeks ago, and a considerable amount of rain has . fallen since, much praise is due to those who so ably tracked them,


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Monday 30 May 1904, page 2


Tenders are called in our columns for the erection of a butter factory at Chinchilla, and also for the plant and machinery. Tenders are to be in by June 30.


Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas. : 1883 - 1928), Saturday 11 June 1904, page 4



BRISBANE, Friday. — A little girl named Ellen Hunt, aged five years, has -been, lost 'in the bush near Chinchilla since Wednesday afternoon, The police and black trackers are now scouring the surrounding country.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Tuesday 14 June 1904, page 2

Child Lost and Found.

Bush Near Chinchilla.

The Chinchilla correspondent of the Dalby "Herald," writing under dale Huno II, says : A messenger arrived at .the local police station on Thursday .morning, and acquainted the constable .with the fact that a little five-year-old Ella Hunt, daughter of a marsupial snarer, had strayed from her home, a couple or miles from Wambo station, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, and although diligent search hail been made and the little one tracked until darkness net in, she had not been found. Constable Reeves immediately communicated with the police at Warra and Miles, who were asked to set out for the scene, and lost no time himself in getting there. Happily his survives were not required, for the missing one had been found at 9 o'clock this (Thursday) morning. It appears that Mr. .1. Lynch organised a search party, putting ' two men and a tracker on the trucks at daylight, and also sent out others as scouts. Luck favoured one of the latter (Mr. Reg. Lynch), who came upon the girl shortly before, the tracker came up. Ella appeared none the worse for her night's exposure, and was very soon romping about with the other children. When asked by her rescuer was she cold, she replied, "No, I am not cold, but 1 didn't have' my dinner yet." She also said she heard her daddy 'calling out for her when it was dark, but she. was frightened to answer him. When found she was on the bank of the Condamine, not more than a mile from her home, but judging by her tracks she must have walked several miles in the interval. Fortunately, Wednesday night was quite mild, otherwise. more serious consequences might have resulted. '


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Saturday 11 June 1904, page 6

Mr E M M’Lennan of Dalby has purchased the lease license and goodwill of the Royal Hotel Chinchilla from Mr Frank Fogarty and entered into possession yesterday


Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 18 June 1904, page 20

Where the Prickly Pears Hold Sway.

The road seen in the illustration passes through the various sections of pear-afflicted country the Government is now clearing by aid of the unemployed at Jondaryan. A good idea of the condition of the country is given in the photograph. It is a belah scrub. The high foliage is that of the belah oak. On each side of the road is a dwarf wall of pear plant. It is impregnable. The writer has tried to penetrate the infected area on foot and on horseback, without avail. Those who have not seen the country completely overrun with this pest can form no adequate idea of its deplorable condition. It is absolutely under dominion.

This belah oak scrub near Jondaryan is one of the many "nerve centres" of the prickly pear " system," and has a thirty year start of its destroyers. Another nerve centre is Evergreen; another Chinchilla ; still another is the Boat Peak scrub; also Oakey. Indeed, their name is almost legion. Amongst the branches of the shrubby bushes that grow beneath the shelter of the belah oak, the pear plants have assumed the manner of climbers and risen to a height of ten and twelve feet. The hydra-headed beast is lifted up. Moreover, the soil is a mass of seed which grows in the small spaces left. The matted mass would soon have been complete, and then—had the relief work had not been started at this juncture the plant, it was thought, might commence to decline by a slow process, of strangulation. But while the pear is choking our patience would probably be exhausted.

A waiting game won't do where this pest is concerned. Clearing will cost, In the first place, £5 an acre, probably more. Each year plants will rise phoenix-like, not from ashes, but from seeds now lying dormant in the soil. If people can be induced to buy the land at first clearing cost their only chance to cope with the pest is to plough the land each season for years to come. In that way the pest will be stamped out on land now being cleared by the unemployed. A.P.C..


Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), Tuesday 28 June 1904, page 6

Fire at Chinchilla. -:

HOTEL AND STORE DESTROYED. (By Telegraph from Our Correspondent.) Dalby, June 23. A fire occurred at Chinchilla early this morning which resulted in the Commercial hotel and a dwelling-house and store adjoining being totally destroyed. The hotel was occupied by Mr. Ernie Fogarty, and the origin of the fire, which broke out shortly before 2 o'clock, is unknown. Fortunately the night was calm, and by extraordinary efforts the Royal Hotel, which is adjacent on the western side, was saved, although the walls were scorched in several places. A cottage and bulk store in connection with the Commercial Hotel were also saved. The dwelling house and store which was destroyed on the eastern side was occupied by Dan Geary, and owned by Patrick Henry. The hotel was owned by Miss Condon, of Dalby, and was insured for £850 (including the cottage and bulk store). The furniture and stock were insured for £150. Henry's dwelling and store were insured for £170. Geary's stock was un-insured. Owing to the hold which the fire had obtained on the buildings before the alarm was given, the sleeping children were got out of both buildings with some difficulty.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Saturday 2 July 1904, page 16

Good progress is being made with the new Anglican Church at Chinchilla. The two services held by Archdeacon Rivers in the Court-house last Sunday crowded the little building, and were evidence that the new structure will not be erected any too soon to contain the increasing congregation.


Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 9 July 1904, page 40



Applications for Land.

DALBY. Before Commissioner Borton, Ist July. Applications for Land.

Agricultural Farms—Accepted : Annie F. M'Lean, 135 a., Moola ; F. Fuery, 40a., and Jane Fuery, 40a., Chinchilla.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Wednesday 13 July 1904, page 5

HORSE DROWNED. Quite a novel and 'unfortunate accident befell two Baking Board residents on Saturday night last. 'These two persons 1 (says the. Chinchilla correspondent of the ' "Dalby Herald" of July 9) borrowed a couple of horses, and journeyed some 10 or 12 miles down the Condamine to put , in Saturday night and Sunday fishing.-' On arrival at the river they hobbled their horses, and fished for some lime, when one of the horses made up its mind to have a drink. In going down a steep bank, a hind leg got caught in the hobbles, and the horse was precipitated into deep water and drowned before anything could be done. It was a most unfortunate affair for the man who borrowed the horse as well as the owner.


Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1948), Saturday 30 July 1904, page 2


A great many swagmen are passing to and fro, and camping on Dogwood creek. I think the Government should have had a pear-clearing camp established somewhere between here and Chinchilla, or between Chinchilla and Warra, where some of these men, instead of having to obtain rations from the Clerk of Petty Sessions, could' be put to work to do some good for themselves and to the State.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Monday 1 August 1904, page 2

Official Notifications.

the following appointments of members of committes for State schools are notified, namely : Chinchilla, T, H. Collie, vice E. W. Quirk, resigned.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tuesday 9 August 1904, page 4


Some time ago the Railway Department sent a traction engine to Chinchilla for the purpose of hauling in the sleepers cut under a contract with the department. The engine has not been the success anticipated, and very great delays have occurred. Inquiries are now being made with a view to substituting teams again for the work.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tuesday 16 August 1904, page 4


With regard to the recent paragraph on the railway traction engine, the Railway Department now state that the engine has been a success in every way when the roads were fit ta travel on. The whole trouble has been due to the continuous wet weather, which made the roads, otherwise good, too soft for the engine and waggons to travel on. The inquiries about securing teams again referred to is not with the view to substituting the teams, but merely as a temporary help to the engine while, the roads are in bad order.


Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 20 August 1904, page 37



Our town is making steady progress. A number of houses are being erected, and a second church (the Anglican) in now also going up. There has been a good deal of work in sleeper-getting of late, and an order for 26,000 given by the Railway Department has been completed. Great difficulty has been experienced with the traction engine sent up, as it cannot operate on the black soil after rain. Consequently the sleepers have not been brought to the railway in large quantities yet.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Friday 26 August 1904, page 4

Meeting of Creditors.

.A meeting of creditors of Mr. E, A. Fogarty, licenced victualler, Chinchilla, was held at the office of Mr. Victor Drury, solicitor, yesterday afternoon, Mr. Logan (Thomas Brown and Sous, Limited) in the chair. The causes of insolvency were set down as loss of hotel through fire, and illness in family.

.It was decided to wind up the estate in liquidation. Mr. T. E. White was appointed trustee, and Messrs, Logan and Van de Velde a committee of inspection. Mr. Drury was intrusted with the registration of the resolutions.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Thursday 1 September 1904, page 7



When the Minister for Lands was returning from Chinchilla to Dalby last week he was met in Warra by a deputation of young Victorians who desired to select some brigalow scrub and belah country in the vicinity of the township. The soil is good and the scrub easily cleared in comparison with Northern scrubs while the railway line is adjacent. Some of the land has prickly pear upon it and these portions are being opened under the prickly pear sections of the Land Act of 1902. The other portions almost if not entirely free from pear are being offered as agricultural farms it 10/-. Per acre or as unconditional selections. The Victorians desire to form a "group under the Special Agricultural Homesteads Act in the same way that their fellow colonists formed the Snowy River settlement, near Ringing Plain on Moola Creek. Under the Act provision is made for opening the land as Agricultural homesteads-that is, at 2s 6d |per acre. { political comments deleted}

There were six or seven in the party who waited on the Minister but it is expected that the community when established will number over a dozen. It may be mentioned that the "Act provides that the selections shall not be more than 320 acres each , and the lands are to remain open for three months selection being restricted to the persons signing the agreement but at the end of that time it may be made available for others. Before a certificate is given the expenditure on permanent and substantial improvements must be of the value of 10s an acre , but improvements on the township may be taken into consideration in reckoning the value.


Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 10 September 1904, page 10


DALBY. Before Commissioner Borton, 12th August. Applications for Land. Agricultural Homesteads.—Accepted : D. Lewis, 320 a., James Dunne, 320 a., D. Moran, 312 a., W. T. Lovejoy, 320 a. and 319 a., and A. B. Brookes. 320 a., Moola; Louisa J. Row, 320 a., Maida Hill.

Prickly-pear Selection.—Accepted : J. H. Whitlock, 120 a., lrvingdale..

Applicationa for Certificates.

Agricultural Farms.—Granted: John Buckley, 14a., St. Ruth; E. Somerfield, 160 a., Chinchilla ; James M'Kerehan, 103 a., Palmer.

Adjourned: W. 8. Smith, 40a,, and J. Turner, 20a., Chinchilla ; M. G. F. Rasmussen, 1228 a., Palmer; Charles Gtott, 130 a., Earle.

Agricultural Homestead.—Adjourned: M. Brown, 160 a., Colamba; J. Harper, 243 a., Cum Killerton.


Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 10 September 1904, page 10


Before Commissioner Borton, 2nd September. Applications for Land.

Agricultural Farms.-Accepted: F.G. Driemel, 50a., Thorn; H.H. Hayden. 320a., Maida Hill; S. Hubbard, 960a., Yamo ; F. H. Carpenter, 320 a.. Thorn.

Agricultural Homestead.—Accepted : J. Matthews, 320a., Moola ; L. J. Geisel, 160a., Greenbank ; C. Gourley, 320a, Moola ; S Hubbard 320 a Yamo.

Unconditional Selection – accepted: Harold Kirton, 220a Thorn.

P.P.F.S.—Accepted : Catherine Bell, 320ac Thorn ; J. T. Bell, 320 a., Thorn ; Henry Kuch 320 a., Thorn.

Applications for Certificates. Agricultural Farms.—Granted : W. 8. Smith, 40a., and J. Turner, 20a., Chinchilla ; C Stott 130 a, Earle.

Agricultural Homestead.—Granted : W. Ambrey, 189a., Jandowne ; M. Browne, 160 a., Colamba ; J. Harper, 342a., Cumkillenbar.

Grazing Farm.—Granted : J. Murtha, l1910a. Ewen.


Darling Downs Gazette (Qld. : 1881 - 1922), Monday 12 September 1904, page 2


'Last week, whilst engaged in the excavations of new promises, which at is proposed to erect on the site of an hotel recently destroyed by fire at Chinchilla, the workmen discovered the skeleton, of a human being under the hearthstone of one of the fire-places. We understand the Government Medical Officer leaves Toowoomba to-day to examine the remains.


Evening Telegraph (Charters Towers, Qld. : 1901 - 1921), Wednesday 14 September 1904, page 2

Dalby, This Day. A human skeleton was dug up on Friday at Chinchilla on the site of the Commercial Hotel, lately burned down,

at a depth of eighteen inches from the surface, in a doubled up position about a foot from where the chimney stood. The skull was petrified. The remains are considered to have been buried not more than twenty years ago, but the buildings were erected over where the skeleton was found twenty-seven years ago. The remains were removed by the police to Toowoomba for medical examination. Local residents think the remains are those of a blackfellow.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Friday 16 September 1904, page 6

DALBY Thursday

An inquiry concerning the skeleton which was found at Chinchilla has proved that the bones are those of an aboriginal and had probably been buried for thirty years.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Saturday 17 September 1904, page 9

Human Remains Dug Up,

Strange Discovery at Chinchilla,

Every place seems to have its' little sensation, and Chinchilla, not to be outdone, "unearthed " its own exciting episode on' Thursday last in the form of a human skeleton. When one of the work-men engaged' on the building of the new Commercial Hotel was excavating for the cellar (says the Chinchilla correspondent of the Dalby "Leader " of September -14) he came upon the skeleton of a human body not more than 18 inches from the surface. The circumstances of the find were somewhat unique, for had not the Commercial Hotel been burnt down, the remains 'in all probability would never have been discovered, and then on the other hand the local constable not many minutes previous to the discovery, jokingly remarked -to the workman to look out he did not dig up a man, only to be immediately confronted with the skull of one. The skeleton was doubled up, not more than a foot from the place where the chimney stood, and under the dining-room. The skull was in a petrified state, but those who viewed the remains are of opinion they had not been in the earth for more than 20 years at the outside, and there have been buildings on that particular part of the township for the past 27 or 28 years. Although diligent search was made in close proximity to the remains, no trace of buttons or anything likely to throw any light on the affair could be discovered. The local constable left to-day for Toowoomba, where he has taken the bones to be analysed.


Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1948), Wednesday 21 September 1904, page 2

CHINCHILLA has been robbed of its sensation. A few days ago the dull monotony of the township was disturbed by the discovery of a human skeleton under the fireplace of a hotel which was recently burnt down. Speculation was rife regarding the identity of the skeleton; no one really knew what developments the discovery might lead to. However, most of the interest connected therewith was subsided since the medical man who examined the remains reported that the bones are those of an aboriginal, and had probably been buried for thirty years. Hitherto, Chinchilla has been known chiefly as a place where none but commercial travellers break their journey. Let us hope that the township will derive all of the benefits from the advertisement it has recently received.


Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Saturday 1 October 1904, page 16

On 'the 2nd ultimo the Administrator 'dedicated the new Church of St. Cecilia, Chinchilla, the erection of which does great credit to the little- township and those who have worked hard for the purpose. Unfortunately, owing to some defect in the builder, the lines are not as straight as might be desired, and it is to be hoped that the contemplation of these deviations will have no serious effect upon the congregation.


St. George Standard and Balonne Advertiser (Qld. : 1878 - 1879; 1902 - 1904), Friday 14 October 1904, page 2

. Police Court, — On the 12th, before the Acting P.M., Matthew Hartwell was charged on warrant with disobeying a summons issued by the Chinchilla Bench against him for obtaining goods by means of false pretences. The evidence of Constable P. W, Cowley was to. the effect that he had arrested defendant at Dirranbandi on the 8th, Inst. Before he made the arrest he said, "I. see there is a warrant issued at Chinchilla for your arrest for disobeying a summons against you for obtaining goods by means of falsa pretences." Defendant replied, ' " You have got the wrong, men. ; Peter Klinge, my mate, who was 'possuming with me, got those goods in my name." On the application of the police the defendant 'was remanded to the 15th for the production of the warrant. Bail was applied for and allowed the defendant in his recognisance in the sum of £25, with two sureties of £12 l0s' each or one surety of £25.


Warwick Examiner and Times (Qld. : 1867 - 1919), Saturday 15 October 1904, page 2

One We Know.

Mr. Donald Mclnnes, erstwhile of Warwick, has received promotion to Dinmore railway station, in the Ipswich district, and left Chinchilla, where he was stationed for over four years, with the best wishes of the residents, a large number assembling on the railway platform to see him off. Mr. Mclnnes proved himself a good and obliging officer, and was well liked by all. Outside his official capacity he and Mrs. Mclnnes took great interest in church matters, and the erection of a third church in Chinchilla is in no small degree attributed to the hearty assistance at all times rendered by the departing friends. Both Mr. and Mrs. Mclnnes were the recipients of some very nice little presents from their more immediate friends prior to their leaving.


St. George Standard and Balonne Advertiser (Qld. : 1878 - 1879; 1902 - 1904), Friday 21 October 1904, page 4

A Long Droving Trip.

Mr. T. B. Stanners, formerly of Rockhampton, and at present of Emerald, has just completed a long droving stage (says the Rockhampton Record at October 3). Mr. ' Stanners lifted 1,450 head of '01 and '02 heifers from Avon Downs, Northern Territory, for Hawkwood, near Chinchilla. The cattle were purchased by Mr. De Burgh Porsse who required them for stocking up purposes at Hawkwood. The dis tones travelled by Mr. Stanners was 1,606 miles, which he covered in ten months. Mr. Stanners was very successful in his big undertaking. Altogether. he lost only 68 head of the heifers, while he succeeded in saving 433 calves out of the number born during the journey. The cattle were travelled in two mobs. The average number of hands engaged was twelve. After delivering the cattle, Mr. Stanners went to Brisbane where he was met by Mrs. Stanners and family.


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