Looking back at 110 years of news
TO MARK the 110th anniversary of
we are taking a look back at two papers from our long history to delve into the major stories.
On the front page of the January 28, 1955, edition, we reported on record enrolments causing acute shortage of accommodation at Chinchilla State School.
“Neither sufficient room space or furniture is available at the school and it was necessary with the opening of school this week to utilise furniture from the Boonarga school which was closed last year, and also to bring into commission the committee room at the school to accommodate two classes.”
“This room is part of the original school, believed to be erected in Chinchilla over 70 years ago, and which has been condemned as a class room for some years.
“The Government approved some time ago an expenditure of approximately 8000 pounds for the construction of a new wing of three rooms at the Chinchilla State School however, to date, the work has not been commenced.
“The committee hopes that will be successful in its renewed representation to have the building of the new wing by the Department of Public Works put under way as soon as possible, to relieve the present acute shortage of accommodation at the school.”
On the front page of the February 3, 1956, edition we reported on the highest recorded flooding of Wambo Creek.
“Reports from the Wambo and Wieambilla areas last week isolated by the flooded state of the Condamine and by lack of telephonic communication, indicate that the floodwaters in Wambo and Wieambilla creeks were the highest on record.”
“Mr Ted Robinson said this week that the flood level at Wambo Creek was far above the 1942 level, and at one stage rising over fifteen feet in fifteen hours, spread over a huge tract of country.
“He reported a loss of approximately 700 bags of grain stored in his former residence, adjacent to the creek, which the water did not enter in 1942, but which was feet in the flood swirl on this occasion.”
Turn to page 20 and 21 of this week’s edition, sponsored by Pioneer Village Highfields, to see the original front pages from 1955 and 1956.
Next week’s feature will be 1957 and 1958. THE Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton has passed through our region, with excited and proud representatives from Chinchilla, Miles, Tara, Meandarra, Brigalow and Condamine heading to Dalby to take part in the relay. Our bearers were:
Alyssa Cox, Craig Hammermeister,
Logan Flynn, Chloe Kerwick, Whitney Landers.
Douglas Bougoure, Georgia Clay, Antoinette Hiles.
Miles: Tara: Meandarra:
Heatlie. Karen Summer
Baton bearer Douglas Bougoure from Tara.