Friday, 17 November 2017

Millmerrin, Queensland.

Another small town we have never been to.  The Caravan Park was excellent with a view of a Lake.

Millmerran is a town in the Darling Downs region of Queensland.  The town has a population of 1,570 people.  208 klms West of Brisbane.

Millmerran is near a lookout commonly used by the local Aboriginal population prior to European settlement and the town's name is believed to be derived from two words - "meel" meaning 'eye' and 'merran' meaning 'to look out'.  European settlement in the Millmerran area began in 1841 when the Gore brothers established the vast Yandilla Station.  Yandilla station covered and estimated 1,780 square kilometers (890 sq mile) and hosted it's own school with 20 to 30 students, telegraph station and store.  Closer settlement began after the passing of the Crown Lands Alienation Act in 1876, which allowed Edward Walpole to select a portion of Yandilla station.  In 1881, Walpole established a general store on the site of what was known at the time as Back Creek, and a receiving office was opened with that name on July 8, 1883.  It was elevated to the status of a post office, and the name changed to Domville, on June 1, 1889.  The name was again changed to Millmerran on November 16, 1894.

An older style home - a Queenslander.

When away on holiday we often eat vanilla slices we had some here and they were beautiful.

The lovely well kept park in Millmerrin.
Below a scene adjacent to the town.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Texas, Queensland.

Texas Queensland - well it's on the border of NSW and Queensland has a population of about 1,160 people in 2011 in 2006, 690 people .
Up until 1986, tobacco farming was an important industry in the area and many Italian families settled the area to run and work the tobacco farms.

The origin of the town's name is generally regarded as a reference to a territorial dispute.  The land in the area was first settled by the McDougall brothers, who found squatters there on returning from the goldfields.  Once their legal right to the land was recognised, they named their property in honour of the rather more famous dispute between the United States and Mexico over territory in Texas, USA.

The place to get some diesel so we moved on and a house with sails to the windows to keep out the summer heat, but being winter it was still cool.
The highest recorded temperature in Texas was in a January 44.6C (112.3 F)

Monday, 13 November 2017

Warialda, NSW

Warialda, NSW - the name means 'Place of Wild Honey'. A small town on the Gwydi Highway of about 1.200 people.
Allan Cunningham was the first official European visitor in 1827 with the town being established in 1837 with a police outstation erected around 1840.

Warialda is the birthplace of Elizabeth Kenny, world-renowned pioneer in the treatment of poliomyelitis.  The baptismal fond used for Sister Kenny's baptism is still in use and housed in the Church of England.

Warialda is also the birthplace of Olive Rose Fitzhardinge (1881-1956) who became famous in the 1930's as a rose breeder in Warrawee the name of her best known rose.  Olive was brought up in Moree.  A photo of the rose and more about Olive [ here ]

Warialda is the service centre for the local agricultural sector.  Farms around the area produce wheat, sorghum, barley, sheep, beef cattle.  Some of the locals also earn a dollar or two hunting wild pigs, which are exported, mainly to Germany, where there are demands for wild boar which are not present in the Australian market.
Never been to this town before so it was exciting to see something new.
The Caravan Park was only a small fee and one paid opposite at the Information Centre (photo below).  The photo was taken from the caravan park which had no resident manager, but all was well.
If the information centre was closed then a man came around each evening to collect the money.

The weather was still cool, so still winter clothing and we were not that far from the Queensland border.

Impressive buildings for such a small town
The bottom one is the Court House.

The Post Office below.

A Hotel, Imperial and there were a couple of Hotels.
Below photo some bush near Warialda, NSW

Friday, 10 November 2017

Tamworth, NSW

Onward and upwards to Tamworth, NSW for a couple of nights. Never stayed in Tamworth but been through it several times on our way to somewhere else.

Tamworth is a city in northeast New South Wales known for the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival, which draws big-name international acts. Tamworth has about 42,000 people living in and in surroundings areas.

On 9 November 1888, Tamworth became the first location in Australia to have electric street lighting powered by a municipally owned power station, giving the city the title of "First City of Light".
The first streetlights used in Australia were commercially owned in Waratah Tasmania in 1886.

The caravan park we stayed in was rather full due to the BATS, fruit bats, flying foxes that were hanging in the trees by the river which kept people away from the other couple of the caravan parks.  The city was really having great problems the time we were there.
A couple of species one species was protected.

Was still cold in Tamworth and winter woollies were certainly on. We rugged up went to the lookout, most places have a lookout.

The above photo show the city area to the left of the road.
Below is the caravan park we stayed at.

The grounds on the hill were certainly well maintained.

Some buildings in Tamworth - rather like the Art Deco.
Below the Catholic School and Church plus Offices.