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‘It was their baby’: Land ballots and the Fitzroy Basin Brigalow Development Scheme

Hatched areas show the Fitzroy Basin Brigalow Basin Development Scheme (Queensland Land Administration Commission Fitzroy Basin (1979). The brigalow scheme in Central Queensland 1962-1978. Brisbane, Land Administration Commission Department)(©State of Queensland, 1979 CC-BY 4.0).

Guest blogger: Dr Jennifer Moffatt, 2018 John Oxley Library Fellow. The Fitzroy Basin Brigalow Development Scheme, or the Brigalow scheme as its known, is among the largest land development schemes undertaken by the Queensland government. The scheme was comprised of Crown land resumed from existing lessees which was sold or balloted, portions returned to those … Read more

Land ballots in Queensland

Mr R.C.J. Sallows (Chairman of the Committee of Review) and Mr E.C.J Muir (Chief Commissioner for Lands) at first (Fitzroy Development Brigalow Scheme) ballot, 19 April 1963. From 31287, Department of Lands Brigalow Development Scheme photographs, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Guest blogger: Dr Jennifer Moffatt, 2018 John Oxley Library Fellow. Over almost 100 years1, thousands of Queenslanders won millions of hectares of agricultural land by ballot. This resulted from long standing national and state policies encouraging the more intensive use of agricultural land to increase food production2. In the 1950s more than half of the … Read more