#OutbackQueensland communities – featuring Julia Creek, Richmond, Cloncurry and more

Horse racing in the bush, outback Queensland, image 29527 John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Horse racing in the bush, outback Queensland, image 29527 John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

2019 is the Year of Outback Tourism in Queensland. Starting in April through to late September many townships and communities in western Queensland will be hosting special events and programs in their regions, extending a warm welcome and invitation to visitors and travelers to experience country hospitality in the outback.

To acknowledge the Queensland Government’s initiative to support outback tourism and infrastructure projects in 2019 -2020, State Library will highlight, share and post images and links to related collections that capture and celebrate the essence of the outback in 2019.

Queenslanders can follow along with this activity too by following updates on the John Oxley Library blog; view relevant outback images and collections shared on State Library’s Flickr Commons albums and social media channels. As we highlight the outback and the communities that call the west home we encourage Queenslanders to
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In this first blog, the Lew Jenkin collection of photographs, family albums, negatives, and scrapbooks donated to the John Oxley Library highlight events where the people of Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Richmond, Lawn Hill and various pastoral stations celebrated life in the country in the 50s. Even though the events Lew photographed in the 40s – 60s have evolved, many are still being promoted and hosted as important outback tourism events in regional communities today. The images digitised in this collection help to preserve knowledge of Queensland’s places and communities.

A large crowd watches as a horse wins easily at Sedan Dip, near Julia Creek, ca. 1968, Lew Jenkin Photographs of North-West Queensland Acc number: D4-6-85, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

A large crowd watches as a horse wins easily at Sedan Dip, near Julia Creek, ca. 1968, Lew Jenkin Photographs of North-West Queensland Acc number: D4-6-85, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Judges box, grandstand and photo finish at Richmond Races, 1966, Lew Jenkin Photographs of North-West Queensland Acc number D4-6-84, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Judges box, grandstand and photo finish at Richmond Races, 1966, Lew Jenkin Photographs of North-West Queensland Acc number D4-6-84, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Drinks at the bar in the Post Office Hotel, Cloncurry, Queensland 1967, Negative: 83550, 7829 Lew Jenkin Photographs of North-West Queensland, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Drinks at the bar in the Post Office Hotel, Cloncurry, Queensland 1967, Negative: 83550, 7829 Lew Jenkin Photographs of North-West Queensland, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

One of the first events hosted in the outback is the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival April 12 – 14. Run over three days, 2019 marks 25 years of festival entertainment including country music, novelty events, bull-riding, camp draft and traditional horse racing in the bush.

Lew Jenkin collections include:

7829 Lew Jenkin Photographs of North-West Queensland 1944-1972

7978 Lew Jenkin collection of photographs 1950 – 1970/ including images of Cunnamulla, Julia Creek, Lady Wallace Station, Kalmetia, Kallaba, Dajarra and Bindooran Stations

M 273 Lew Jenkin Scrapbooks / Four scrapbooks and photographs on Cloncurry 1920s-1930s; 1961-1971

7387 Lew Jenkin collection of negatives 1919-1977

Digitsed images accessible on One Search – tag them #outbackQueensland #Year of Outback Tourism in Queensland

For more information follow McKinlay Shire Council on Twitter – @McKinlayShire

The images featured in this blog are a small selection digitised from the collection.

Anne Scheu | Engagement Officer | Queensland Memory