Starting September 15 the people of Cloncurry and district came out to host local celebrations marking 150 years of settlement since Ernest Henry was attributed as the founder of Cloncurry in the year 1867. Henry, who was in search of grazing land at the time, discovered the regions mineral deposits instead and established the Great Australia Mine.
Cloncurry the township was surveyed in 1876, but Burke and Wills who had travelled this route on the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1861 originally named the region and the river nearby ‘Cloncurry’ after Burke’s cousin Lady Elizabeth Cloncurry, County Galway in Ireland.
A digitised version of the 1866 Fussells new map of Australia showing the Burke & Wills expedition is available online at National Library.
Cloncurry Shire Council offers more information about the history of the area including the many historical sites of interest and links to the Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum and the John Flynn Place Museum.
Celebrations marking 150 years of settlement started in Cloncurry with a formal luncheon for Councillors and visiting dignitaries (September 15) and a street parade for the 70+ floats showcasing community organisations and businesses kicking off the weeks’ public events. Read a full account of the parade published in the North West Star newspaper (18 Sept) and view a gallery of images shared by newspaper editor and photographer Derek Barry. Cloncurry Shire Council is also posting an account of the events on Council’s Facebook page.
Below are several digitised images available through the State Library of Queensland collections featuring Cloncurry.
With assistance by Josh Arnold and Small Town Culture, the song Cloncurry encourages Queenslanders to join in #cloncurry style.
Cloncurry District Improvement Board, 1932 Cloncurry Advocate 23 January p.9
Cloncurry – a Mining Centre, 1940 Cloncurry Advocate, 15 November p.6
Celebrating 13 years of Flying Doctor Service, Cloncurry Advocate, 20 June 1941 p.1
Cloncurry plans a Jubilee celebration, 1951 Cloncurry Advocate, 25 May p.2
QANTAS digital story: 2009 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, State Library of Queensland
Anne Scheu | Queensland Memory | State Library of Queensland