Look­ing back at 110 years of news

Chinchilla News - - 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,


Dul­cie Gra­ham.

Lo­gan Flynn, Chloe Ker­wick, Whit­ney Lan­ders.

Douglas Bougoure, Ge­or­gia Clay, An­toinette Hiles.

Miles: Tara: Me­an­darra:



Heatlie. Karen Sum­mer


Jack­son. Kate

Ba­ton bearer Douglas Bougoure from Tara.

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