Ross Smith, Charlesville

Ross Smith, Charlesville

Series of photos, depicting Ross Smith’s aeroplane,when Captan Sir Ross M. Smith stopped in Charlesville. The Smith brothers had just completed their prize winning flight from the United Kingdom to Australiain 1919. They were required to fly from Darwin to to Melbourne  to collect their prize money from Prime Minister ‘Billy’ Hughes and deliver the Vickers Vimy to the Australian Government. The photos collection, show the townspeople posing in front of the aeroplane.

Eleven men and one woman in front of a motor car and Ross Smith’s aeroplane, Charleville 1919 / RHSQ Photo Collection
Tripod Camera?, Ross Smith’s Plan, Charleville, December 1919 /RHSQ Photo Collection


Armistice Day Essay Competition: Winners

Armistice Day Essay Competition: Winners

Still had the debt from last your, to publish the winning entries. The RHSQ has received so many valuable thoughts, that it was hard to choose the most original works. On 10 December, on Separation Day, Hon. Jane Prentice MP congratulated the winners. Thanks to QBD the second and the third prize were book vouchers, the winner of the competition received an instant camera. Thank you for everyone who entered the competition, hope to see you this year’s competition as well. Please, read the winning entries from Toby, Addison and Reuben! Congratulations again!

” To me peace means a chance to live my life without fear. Without the fear of a bomb landing on my school or coming home t find my family dead. Peace means I don’t need to be afraid of being sent to defend and kill. War takes away our food and clean water and threatens our opportunity for education. To me peace means the chance to make most of my life to live and learn without all of these fears.
I am very grateful that I have never known war and I pray I never do. In my imagination I can see all the horrors of war.
To me peace means I can close my eyes and see a bright future  and so, without guns or bombs, peace is worth fighting for.”

Third Prize: Toby-Howard-Mowat (Camp Hill Infant and Primary School)
Stephen Sheaffe, President of the RHSQ, Addison Stecher, Hon. Jane Prentice MP

” What does peace mean for me? To me peace means a time with no fighting or war. A time of love and hope, a time when everybody is happy. The definition of peace is “freedom from disturbance; tranquillity”, to me this means that everyone can feel safe and secure and has the opportunity to speak freely about their beliefs and opinions without fear.We are so lucky that we have peace in our country and we need to recognize that people in other countries may not be as lucky as us. We also need to recognize that peace starts at home and at school, with family and friends. Peace starts with love and forgiveness and respecting other opinions and feelings. Peace can start with one person and that one person could be you or me, and all I would have to do is spread love and compassion to everybody.”

Second Prize: Addison Stecher (Camp Hill Infant and Primary School)
Reuben White

” I have no limit all – I can exist in many places,
But I can also be destroyed – along with many helpless faces,
I was fought for by many nations (and very few in their plan succeeded),
Others returned with nothing – despite how much they pleaded,
I’ve been destroyed by war; by fights (and other things),
It has ruined me – what a terrible outcome war brings!
My job in this cruel world is to make the warfare cease,
Try and guess what I am – that’s rights! I am peace.”

First Prize: Reuben White (Runcorn Heights State School)
Monument to the Pioneers of the sugar industry, Innisfail

Monument to the Pioneers of the sugar industry, Innisfail

When the people of Innisfail prepared to take part in the centenary celebrations marking 100 years since Queensland was proclaimed a state:1859-1959, the Italian community in Innisfail raised £5,000.  They organised a statue to honour the pioneers of the sugar industry using the same marble chosen by Michelangelo for his masterpieces.  By the time thecelebrations took place a life size marble statue of a cane-cutter made in Carrara arrived from Italy.

      Erected on the Esplanade,overlooking the Johnstone River near the junction of Edith and Rankin Streets, it is set on a square plinth in an octagonal pool with water spouts on the sides featuring sea creatures. 
The Inscription on the monument is:

To the Pioneers
of the sugar
Donated by the Italian
Community of Innisfail
on the first centenary
of the state of Queensland

Immigrants from Malta, Spain and Yugoslavia came to live and work in Innisfail and joined the Italians in the development of the sugar industry which, from 1864, brought great prosperity to North Queensland. For some years indentured Melanesian labour, known as Kanaka, was used in the cutting of cane, but this was halted in 1885.  By 1891 large numbers of Italians arrived and the cane fields spread along the Queensland coast providing work for more and more hard-working immigrants, who cut the cane by hand until it was phased out by the 1960s and 1970s. 

References: National Trust of Queensland Journal, no. 9, April 1998, pp.23, 24. ; RHSQ vertical file, no. 2760; RHSQ Central Photographic Bureau, Book 2, No. 2128

Bankfoot House and Grigor family, Glasshouse Mountains

Bankfoot House and Grigor family, Glasshouse Mountains

Bankfoot House was established in 1868 by William and Mary Grigor. The residence was a stopover for Cobb & Co coaches, which travelled to the Goldfields, between Brisbane to Gympie. Travellers would stop in for lunch or overnight. They would pay one shilling for a meal, one shilling for a bed and one shilling for the horses’feed and stable. The property also had its own dairy cattle and Post Office. In the early 1890’s a railway was built, so the Post Office was moved to the Glasshouse Railway station and William Grigor became the postmaster there. Bankfoot remained as a lodging house and often accommodated visitors, who came to climb the nearby mountains. The property remained in the family for three generations, the Grigor, Burgess and Ferries families, for over 130 years. It remains the oldest surviving residence in the Glasshouse Mountains. It was bought by the Caloundra City Council in 2002, after the death of the last resident, Jack Ferris. Today it is a house museum, Bankfoot House. Reference:

Bankfoot House
Hotels - “Bankfoot House” being demolished
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