Brigalow suckered country near Tara, reclaimed by burning off and stocking with five sheep to the hectare in the late 1930s. Note the water-filled melonholes. Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Plate IXb

15-20 year old suckers being axed at Hannaford, 1939, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Plate VIIIa, 1939 

In Burning off, Dorothea MacKellar, author of My country, celebrates the destruction of native bushland as a ‘great and old’ tree becomes ‘A red-hot column whence fly the sparks,

Injune district near 'Fairview' property, clear-felled mixed brigalow and cypress-pine woodland using a ball-and-chain dragline, 1986. Slide by Patrick Conaghan, Collection of the Centre for the Government of Queensland

Copyright © Patrick Conaghan and Collection of the Centre for the Government of Queensland, 2010

Majestic brigalow plough, Kingaroy Shire; land clearing, Durong; pushing ring barked trees to clear ground for cultivation, Durong, c1955. Slides by John Thun, Collection of the Centre for the Government of Queensland.

Copyright © John Thun and Collection of the Centre for the Government of Queensland, 2010

Queensland during Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s premiership (1968-87) appeared to confirm political scientist S.M. Lipset’s claim that ‘every country has a South’.

Journal of an overland expedition

The elevation of Darling Downs—about 1800 to 2000 feet, according to the barometrical observations of Mr. Cunningham—renders the climate much cooler than its latitude would lead one to suppose; indeed, ice has frequently been found, during the calm clear nights of winter. During September and October, we observed at sunrise an almost perfect calm.


Darling Downs QLD
1 January 1847
T&W Boone
Darling Downs QLD
From Ludwig Leichhardt, Journal of an overland expedition in Australia, from Moreton Bay to Port Essington, a distance of upwards of 3000 miles, during the years 1844-1845, T&W Boone, London 1847, pp 3-4
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