Central Queensland

Hear the children cry: Bogantungan and the 1960 Medway Creek rail accident

I was a child living in Rockhampton in 1960 when the Midlander crashed into Medway Creek near Bogantungan, killing seven people and injuring many more. The Midlander was an air-conditioned passenger train that operated in Queensland on the central western line between Rockhampton and Winton from 1954 to 1993. Bogantungan is located 367 kilometres west […] Read more…

Hear the children cry: Bogantungan and the 1960 Medway Creek rail accident

Prickly pear and its nemesis: A plain grey-brown moth

The feature photograph, taken in 1973, shows my grandmother, uncle and a visitor inspecting a prickly pear tree on my grandmother’s property at Rannes, 100 kilometres southwest of Rockhampton, Central Queensland. This huge pear tree is an ominous reminder of the “green plague” that took over large tracts of agricultural and pastoral land in central […] Read more…

Prickly pear and its nemesis: A plain grey-brown moth

Secrets from the Banana Cemetery

In December last year my husband and I visited the Banana Cemetery. It’s located on the outskirts of Banana, in Archer Street. The cemetery is no longer used for burials. Established in 1862, the Banana Cemetery holds the mortal remains (along with a few secrets) of many of the district’s early non-indigenous residents.   The […] Read more…

Secrets from the Banana Cemetery

How did people wash and iron in the 1950s?

How do you wash and iron? Do you find these tasks tiresome? Spare a thought for your mother or grandmother in the 1950s. Washing and ironing prior to the 1950s were time-consuming, labour-intensive chores for most Australian households. These tasks were almost always performed by women. Typically they set aside a couple of days each […] Read more…

How did people wash and iron in the 1950s?

Postcards of early Longreach

This story is about Longreach in its early days and one of its pioneer families. It was inspired by six illustrated postcards of Longreach I found in my late mother Evelyn’s collection of photographs and memorabilia. The postcards reveal key aspects of this small Central Western Queensland town in the late 1800s and early 1900s […] Read more…

Postcards of early Longreach

Mons: Whose house is that?

Recently, I posted on Facebook a photograph of my great-grandparents’ house on their property Mons, Rannes, Central Queensland. To my surprise, the photograph generated a huge response, especially when I posted it on Vintage Queensland and Central Queensland Old Pictures and Yarns Facebook pages.   As a result, I decided to tell this story of […] Read more…

Mons: Whose house is that?

Koumala: Where’s that?

At the end of 2014, my daughter and son-in-law announced that they would be relocating to Koumala in 2015. My son-in-law had been appointed Principal of Koumala State School. I had heard of Koumala and remembered passing through it once or twice, as it is on the Bruce Highway (the main road linking Brisbane and […] Read more…

Koumala: Where’s that?