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From: "Jennifer Lambert Tracey" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 13:31:09 +1100

Hello Jan ... from Jennifer in a jumper!! Raining and cool in Canberra!

In reference to the roads tracks etc., I have a reference to two papers,
however do not have the copies to check if they may have some information.
They are:

QUAIFE, G.R. "Make us Roads no matter how", A.J.P.H. No.15 pp. 47 - 54.
CAMERON, K.T., "Early Road Transport", J.R.H.S.Q. Vol. 5, 1951 p. 843.

Also the following notes:
>From FREW, J., 1981, "Queensland Post Offices 1842 -1980 and Receiving
Offices 1869 - 1927", Brisbane. p.35.

The 1869 mail route from Bowen through Dalrymple to the Gulf was described
as: " Bowen to Inkerman 65 miles: upper Burdekin 98 miles (ask about
turnoff); to Reedy Lake 8 miles; to Stewart's 23 miles (good road); to
Allingham's Creek 15 miles (good road); to Log Camp 17 miles (old log hut);
to Limestone Creek 8 miles (good road); to Anning's 15 miles (good road,
rather hilly); to Bett's 35 miles (bad, stoney road); to Stewart's on the
Flinder's River 40 miles (bad road, stoney 20 miles from Bett's); to Dead
Finish Public House 7 miles (good road); to Hayes's 30 miles (good road from
here to Burketown but always ask about water); to O'Connell Creek 10 miles;
to sheep station 12 miles; to Bluff 23 miles; to last water 4 miles; to
Punch Bowl 25 miles; to Alicks Creek 4 miles; to Blue Lagoons 5 miles; to
Anderson's 20 miles; to Lara {did they mean Laura?} 20 miles; to Public
House 10 miles; to Palmer's 40 miles; to Corfield's 10 miles; to Campbell's
35 miles; to Miller's waterhole 18 miles and to Burketown 25 miles; "

I have also taken some notes from BOLTON, G.C., 1963, "A Thousand Miles
Away", Jacaranda Press, Brisbane. p.160. These notes certainly don't answer
your question, however, go some way towards setting the scene for what was
happening at the time. You have probably been through this, however, I have
typed it out and posted it to the list as well, in the possibility that
others may have ready access to some additional information.

" Physical barriers were diminishing. Since the early seventies every
settlement of any size had the telegraph. Roads were defined, and teamsters
with bullock drays pulling out from Townsville and Bowen served the inland
from the Etheridge in the north, to Bowen Downs and Aramac far down in
Central Queensland. By 1880 the first coaching services linked established
mining towns. It was possible to leave Townsville at 9 am on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Saturdays, arriving next day by 1pm. at Ravenswood, or by 3
pm. at Charters Towers."

[The original tracks would have been put through much earlier than this to
access the mining fields.]

ALSO ... perhaps the following note from John Sweet - who was kind enough
to send me the following details concerning my search for information about
the LAMBERTS and the pastoral property "Armidale" later the township of
Rollingstone, north of Townsville - will be of some help re the time period.

John Sweet wrote:
"... a small book by Jack O'Connor, called "In the Bush at Rollingstone" ...
mention is made of the Cobb & Co. type coach service between Townsville and
Ingham. To quote "There is substantiated evidence that by 1905 the coach run
from Townsville to Ingham took four days. In these times the original hotel
on the site of the present day Hotel Allen (opposite Townsville General
Hospital) was the leaving point for services out of Townsville. The first
nights stop was at Springvale Station which was slightly north from where
the Yabulu Nickel Refinery is today. The second night was spent at
Armidale". There are photographs of the hotel at Armidale in about 1915. I
believe that after postal confusion with the town in New South Wales, the
name was eventually changed to Rollingstone."

John also noted with reference to my query: "It doesn't seem to mention the
drownings [Lambert children 1906] at all, but there is an explanation for
the term "Armidale" used in conjunction with "Rollingstone Creek". Armidale
was the name of a pastoral lease which "extended from Bluewater Creek in the
south to what was eventually called Clerk Creek in the north. This creek
later became known as Ollera Creek". This strip of land was bounded by the
coast to the east, and the natural ranges to the west, making it roughly
sixteen miles long and one and a half wide. Rollingstone Creek is right in
the middle of this."

I believe that John LAMBERT took up his "Armidale" property under a Land
Order perhaps around 1866. Does anyone know of any listings for property
taken up under Land Orders in the Townsville district? Are there any early
Parish Maps for North Queensland, similar to those for New South Wales -
that show the original leaseholders names? No luck here at the NLA - guess
Townsville is still north of the Brisbane Line!!

Have a great day!
Jennifer Lambert Tracey BA (ANU); M App Sc (UC);
Historical Archaeologist
Cultural Heritage Research Centre
Tel. / Fax (02) 6295 6795
Mobile Tel. 0419 011 860

-----Original Message-----
From: Jan Kersnovske [mailto:]
Sent: Friday, 22 January 1999 23:58
Subject: Roads out of Townsville
Could someone tell me what years the roads (tracks) South to Ayr and north
to Ingham were opened up.
extremely tropical

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