Historical Articles .:. Rockhampton & Central Queensland History
I love Central Queensland. Mundubbera to Mackay and west to Winton. No matter how far I travel, I always come home to this magical part of the world; the home of my white ancestors for generations, and of my black ancestors for countless eons. I am this part of the world and it is me.
It follows that I also love learning about the history of Central Queensland. One of my nerdy pastimes is to manually digitise interesting articles from old print newspapers, mostly from the 1800s, that otherwise may have been lost to history, and then share them here in the Historical Texts section of the site.
I also write a few articles myself based on research I've done over the years and you'll find them here as well.
The first question many people ask is "Why go to all that trouble?" We have history books, don't we?
True, but also true, is that history books are all too often tainted by romantic reflections of bygone days, or watered down to cater for modern sensitivities, or worst of all, distorted by the author for the purpose of propaganda or politics.
Contemporary newspaper articles however, are written right there and then. They capture history while it's actually happening. Yes, they too can sometimes be tainted by the author's point of view, but still, those articles have not been put through all the societal filters and judgements we apply nowadays.
Because they are original works, not second, third, or fourth interpretations made by an irrelevant commentator in an irrelevant age, such articles are the truest, purest form of what life was really like back then. Only through such first-hand recounts, can we truly touch the history of the age.
I find this type of research constantly enlightening, and I hope you enjoy the articles I've gathered so far.
You can find the full collection of Central Queensland History below. It will continue to evolve as I find the time.
Have a brilliant day,
Historical Newspaper Articles
10 Sep 1853 - The Moreton Bay Courier: Domestic Intelligence - Call for Central Queensland Expansion
31 Jan 1854 - Sydney Morning Herald: Gayndah Meeting - Separation of the Queensland Colony
21 Jul 1857 - Sydney Morning Herald: Port Curtis - Rockhampton settlement
14 Nov 1857 - The Empire: Ludwig Leichhardt
1 Nov 1858 - Melbourne Argus: Fitzroy Diggings - Canoona Gold Rush
15 Oct 1867 - The Morning Bulletin: Emu Park protests Sugar Lease
4 Aug 1883 - The Queenslander: Establishment of Sugar Plantations at Yeppoon
17 Aug 1886 - The Brisbane Courier: Recent Gold Discoveries at Taranganba
22 Jan 1887 - The Capricornian: Taranganba Gold Mine
29 Jan 1887 - The Queenslander: The Taranganba Gold Mine
7 Feb 1889 - Sydney Daily Telegraph: The Taranganba Mine
29 Mar 1893 - The Morning Bulletin: Letters regarding calls for a separate Central Queensland colony