Fitzroy Vale Station, Rockhampton 1904

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Despite several years of drought, the Central Queensland Meat Exporting Company still managed to run 2827 cattle on their property Fitzroy Vale. Nearby Canoona, on the Fitzroy river, experienced Australia's most insane gold rush in 1858. On a mere rumour, 30 000 southerners rushed north, eventually to be shipped back destitute by their respective governments. The field was a 'duffer'.
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    • 22/Jun/2009 07:51:32

    A beautiful image. Fascinating but sad history. -- Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

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    tidy taste

    • 22/Jun/2009 11:36:52

    the historical pictures are fantastic

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    Catch Me Now Photography

    • 24/Jun/2009 12:04:35

    I Looked at and read this set of panoramas Thanks

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    • 30/May/2013 11:48:19

    I grew up on the sister station to Fitzroy Vale in the late sixties and early seventies. Amazing to see this historical photo of a place I visited often.