Whalebone arch at Bowen Park

Whalebone arch at Bowen Park

Visitors to the Queensland Acclimatisation Society’s (QAS) gardens in Bowen Park between 1887 and 1956 would have immediately noticed the entrance, an imposing arch made of a beached whale’s jaw bones. The whale was found stranded at Hervey’s Bay, Maryborough, in...

Springsure, Central Queensland

Springsure, Central Queensland

The Central Queensland town of Springsure is at the terminus of  two major thoroughfares – the Gregory Highway (running south from the Gulf country) and the Dawson Highway, which runs west from Gladstone on the coast. Ludwig Leichhardt explored the district between...

Record-breaking Flight

Record-breaking Flight

In 1919 brothers Ross and Keith Smith, with mechanics James Bennett and Wally Shiers, were the first Australians to fly a British aircraft from Great Britain to Australia. They piloted this converted Vickers Vimy twin-engine bomber G-EAOU (affectionately known as ‘God...

Rationing in Queensland

Rationing in Queensland

During the Second World War (1939 – 1945), Australia, in common with other Allied nations, rationed important commodities, including food, petrol, rubber, and clothing. Australia implemented rationing for a variety of reasons, including reduced imports, a smaller...

Camel Trains in Queensland

Camel Trains in Queensland

Today, Central Australia is home to the world’s largest herd of wild camels. This population is a legacy of the challenges of transporting goods across Australia’s arid inland during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. In 1860, three cameleers and...

Somerset, Cape York

Somerset, Cape York

In 1864, the British and Queensland governments established the settlement of Somerset on the Cape York Peninsula. Named for Lord Somerset, first Lord of the Admiralty, Somerset was intended as a refuge and supply depot for passing ships, a base to establish a...