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Lawn Hill Mt Isa Queensland…History of Lawn Hill

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The pastoral industry

The Gulf region was opened up to grazing leases in the mid 1800s. Pastoral pioneers, including Page, Mytton and Cooper, brought the first cattle to the Lawn Hill Creek area in the 1860s. But this was soon followed by an outbreak of “Gulf Fever” (a type of typhoid fever) that caused many graziers to leave the area. In the mid 1870s Frank Hann purchased numerous leases launching the beginnings of the South Esk Holdings, which later became the Lawn Hill Riversleigh Pastoral Holding Company. Hann accumulated 9000 km2 of land in total. Over the next century several graziers became leaseholders of the land, until the famous ‘cattle king’ Sebastiao Maia arrived from Brazil.

Sebastiao Maia arrived in Sydney in March 1975. He was unable to speak English and employed a Sydney taxi driver to be his interpreter and chauffeur as he travelled the country in search of potential cattle stations. In 1976 Maia took over the lease of Lawn Hill Station thathad grown to 11 000 km2 and was one of the largest cattle stations in Queensland. In the early days Lawn Hill Station was also declared the largest fauna sanctuary on leasehold land in Queensland and in 1984, Maia surrendered 12 200 ha of Lawn Hill Station to the government for a national park.

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