Rich Goldfields of Queensland


mining for gold

Gold was first discovered at Lord John Swamp at the Lucky Valley Goldfield, in the vicinity of Warwick Township, in 1852. Payable gold in Queensland was initially discovered by W. C. Capel and party at the locality of Canoona in 1858.

In 1863, alluvial gold was found at Canal Creek, west of Warwick in the Gladstone region; and in 1865 at Gavial Creek, which is a branch of Crocodile Creek in the Rockhampton Goldfield. In 1867, gold was found at Ridgelands within the Rockhampton area, and at the towns of Rosewood in the Bremer Valley and, Gympie, which lies on the Mary River in the Wide Bay-Burnett region.

In succession, further discoveries occurred at the coastal city of Townsville in the following year; at the Gilbert River in central Queensland in 1869; at Ravenswood Town and Charters Towers City in 1872; at the Palmer River, north of Maytown and southwest of Cooktown in 1873; and, at the Hodgkinson River in 1875.

In 1881, further discoveries were made at the township of Mount Britton in Nebo Shire; at the celebrated Mount Morgan; at Creen Creek in Croydon in 1836; at the Starcke fields in 1890; at the town of Coen in the Shire of Cook on the remote Cape York Peninsula in 1900; and, at the Alice River Township in 1904.

New discoveries of gold continued to occur in Queensland, particularly in 1986, when the precious yellow metal was found in Kidston Town in the Shire of Etheridge; and, in the Mt. Leyshon near Charters Towers, where gold deposits have been sporadically reworked.

Most past and current reports and records of gold discoveries, as well as geological details and information about the old goldfields of Queensland have been referenced from various data obtained by the Bureau of Mineral Resources in Canberra and the Department of Mines in Queensland. Both agencies have officially defined these goldfields into three proclaimed gold regions: Southern Queensland, Central Queensland, and North Queensland.

• Gebangle Gold Reefs
• Mount Shamrock Goldfield
• Paradise Goldfield
• Stanton Harcourt Goldfield
• Young Australian Gold Mine

• Bank’s Creek
• Brookfield-Enoggera Area
• Bunkers Hill, Ravensbourne (Near Toowoomba)
• Camp Mountain (near Samford)
• Pimpama Creek
• Minor gold deposits also occurred in Ormeau and Beenleigh in the Neranleigh-Fernvale Beds.

• Bull Ant Mine
• Mount Ideal Mine
• Wild Irishman Mine

• Cracow Goldfield
• Eidsvold Goldfield

• Scotland Hills

• Glastonbury Goldfield
• Gympie Goldfield

• Kilkivan Goldfield
• Tansey Gold Mine

• Mount Scougall Mines
• Munna Mine
• XYZ Mine
• Yorkey’s Goldfield

• Boondooma Area, Proston

• Cania & Kroombit Goldfields

• Mount Perry
• Perry Goldfield
• Reid’s Creek Goldfield
• Swindon Lease

• Hungry Hill-McKonkey Creek-Coonambula Areas
• St. Johns Creek

• Benarkin Area
• Blackbutt Area
• Manumbar Area
• Milford Rocks
• Monsildale
• Nanango Goldfield
• Scrub Paddock Diggings
• Seven Mile Diggings
• Taromeo Creek

• Pikedale Goldfield
• Waroo Gold and Copper Mine

• North Arm Gold Deposits
• Jimna Goldfield (also known as the Yabba Goldfield)
• Many other gold occurrences were recorded near Woondum; Kin Kin area; Traveston; Yabba Creek; Casey’s Gully, Breakneck Creek and Brown’s Gully, all in Imbil; and, between Walli and Chinaman’s Creeks, State Forest Reserve 736, and at the Booloumba, Kidaman, Peter and Bundaroo Creeks, all around the vicinity of Kenilworth.


• Canal Creek Goldfield
• Leyburn Goldfield
• Lucky Valley Goldfield
• Palgrave Goldfield
• Talgai Goldfield (formerly Darkie’s Flat)
• Thanes Creek Goldfield

Abrolhos Islands

Abrolhos Islands

 Abrolhos, a coral reef archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mid West Western Australia.  The Abrolhos Islands and their surrounding coral reef communities form one of Western Australia’s unique marine areas

The Islands lie about 60 kilometres west of Geraldton, on the Western Australian coast, and consist of 122 islands clustered into three main groups: the Wallabi Group, Easter Group and Pelsaert Group, which extend from north to south across 100 kilometres of ocean

The beautiful but treacherous reef-surrounded atolls have claimed many wrecks over the centuries. The most notable was the Batavia in 1629 which was wrecked on Morning Reef in the Wallabi group. The Dutch East Indies survivors made it to land, only to face a mutiny. Avid divers can explore the site although the dive is weather dependent and for experienced divers only. Check out the Shipwrecks Gallery at the Museum of Geraldton.

The plane took us to Rat Island..where we had lunch beside a cove where a few boats were moored. Here a skink joined us for a feast of tomato…

The Abrolhos Islands lie 70 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia. Consisting of 122 islands, it’s not just the coral gardens that brighten the area, it’s the painted camps that provide a colourful contrast to the white washed coral outcrops.

The islands remain one of the most unique marine ecosystem in the world. Lying in the path of the Leeuwin current which maintains water temperatures between 18-26 degrees provides the perfect breeding ground for many marine species and rare birds.

Pearl farm on Abrolhos

Going to the Mainland

On the ferry to the Mainland

The Island is limited to one super market, the IGA, and there is also a chemist, bakery and Post Office in the same area. This means you don’t have the big supermarkets with the specials and discounts. I also needed to go to the Motor Registration Branch at Cleveland for my License. I left on the 9.30 am ferry which goes directly to Redland Bay from Russell island.

It was a beautiful sunny day and the Bay looked stunningly beautiful as the Ferry left the Island behind. The ferry was not as busy as usual. I sit in the back in the fresh air with a view of the waters as it heads to the mainland, about 15-20 minutes ride with glorious water views. Opposite me sat a largish, blondish lady with so many tattoos that she looked at if someone had scribbled on her with textas. It was difficult not to watch her as she looked like the tattooed lady at the circus from days gone by. Her un-tattooed partner kept patting a little dog and then they had an animated conversation with lots of throaty laughs, and watching them kept me well entertained until Redland Bay. I ached to capture them in pen and ink but kept my fingers, and camera, discreetly well hidden lest I fall to temptation.

The day was beautiful, and the sea was aqua blue and glowed with joy. I love sitting on the ferry when there are not many people there, just looking at the water. Inter-Island Travel is now free, and I wondered what the ferry worker would say, if I brought along a picnic box, some sun block, and a book to read, and just sat there, travelling from Russell to Karragarra and back again in a continuous ride enjoying being on the water. It would be wonderful during the day when the ferry was not too busy. I hate it when there are dogs and people with loud voices and people arguing or fighting. Yes, that does happen, and kids being noisy and wanting stuff they cannot have and screaming out their rage.

As soon as the ferry nears the mainland, people stand and make their way to the front of the queue so they can get off the ferry quicker. I get up too and join the queue which stands for the time taken for the ferry to berth and start embarking procedures. Then its over to the Bus Stop to wait for Bus Number 250 which goes to Caringbush via Cleveland. I get on the bus and join in the friendly chatting between a little girl and the bus driver, and the passengers joining in too. Its a friendly, happy little ride t Victoria Point first, and then onto Cleveland where I get off at the roundabout where the Motor Registration Branch is located.

Redland Bay Marina

Redland Bay Jetty at the Marina

It is from the Redland Bay Marina that ferries go to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands… first to Karragarra, then Macleay Island, Lamb Island and Russell Island. Some ferries do the trip in the reverse order. The ferry ride takes about 20-25 minutes and costs vary The Fast jet ferry costs about $6 with a go card each way. The cost for a car on the vehicle ferry to any of the islands is $118.00 return which includes the legal number of passengers. Inter island transport is $29.50 return for a standard vehicle

Redland Bay is some 35 km (22 miles) south-east of Brisbane, the capital of QueenslandAustralia. The town is named for the bay it sits on, which forms part of larger Moreton Bay.

The Aboriginal name for the Redland Bay region was Talwalpin after the cottonwood tree which was widespread in the area.[2]

Since the first European settlers arrived in the mid-19th century, Redland Bay has remained a farming and fishing-based area until the mid-20th century when some of the farms were subdivided and improved transport infrastructure made it possible for residents to commute the 35 kilometers into Brisbane.

The town has long been the port for vessels plying the bay islands. These islands include Russell IslandMacleay IslandKarragarra IslandLamb Island and North Stradbroke Island, home to several thousand residents enjoying an idyllic, sub-tropical lifestyle,_Queensland

Redland Bay was established in the mid-19th century by settlers attracted to the fertile volcanic soil and pleasant climate.[3] The redness of Redland Bay soil derives from iron oxides present in lava from a volcano that erupted (millions of years ago) in northern New South Wales, some 100 kilometres to the south.

In Barry Kidd’s 1979 Redland illustrated History [4] he writes ‘Redland Bay is arguably the most unchanged and fertile land within the entire Redlands area. The suburban sprawl has managed only scant inroads to a few pockets of land, but the remaining farmers have stubbornly resisted even the juiciest of offers from land developers, preferring a continuation of their inherited lifestyle.’

In the two decades that followed, the decision was made by the Redland Shire Council to permit suburban development in and around Redland Bay. With land zoning changing from rural to residential, and the corresponding steep rise in rates (local government land tax), Redland Bay’s farmers found they could no longer compete with other farming areas not as close to a major metropolitan area. One by one the farms were sold to land development companies, and Redland Bay, by the year 2002 farming had all but ceased.,_Queensland

Tarot Reading 11 October

Tarot Reading for 11 October

PAGE OF SWORDS – The page of swords represents a gossip. This person loves to create drama and turn a minor incident, into a major scandal. It could be that your actions are being closely watched and it important that you do not reveal too much information as it may get into the wrong hands at this time.

Someone in your life may be trying to gain control and it is important to listen to your inner voice. If something feels wrong, it probably is

Daily Tarot Reading

The Crystal Gypsy

This position represents the past where the situation originated.

PAGE OF CUPS – Is a new love appearing in your dreams? Pay attention to the cards that surround this Page, this card can indicate good news, a new love or some information coming your way that will uplift you.

There is a childish innocence around you when this card appears. Perhaps you have been through a tough time and just want to be light-hearted and have fun; others are drawn to your innocence and naivety as you are not currently oppressed by worldly issues. You are willing to help others in any way you can and give of your time freely. You may be feeling kind, considerate and generous.

The present situation.

SIX OF SWORDS – The stresses and strains of recent events are now coming to a close, very soon the…

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Anzac Centenary Lockyer Valley

Veterans’ groups and other eligible community organisations can apply for grants of up to $30,000 (exclusive GST) to create or conserve a lasting legacy for future generations. This was the display at Gatton in the arcade where the Library is and the Queensland Truck Museum

Several of The Premier’s Anzac Prize 2015 recipients have showcased their journeys through Gallipoli and the Western Front in the Voices from Afar installation at the State Library of Queensland, as part of the Distant Lines First World War Exhibition.

The Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre is home to a dedicated Anzac Wall. This wall displays ten portraits and their stories of Lockyer Valley locals who fought in World War 1. Below is a listing of all ten brave men that are displayed on the wall. For more information about each man please come in to the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre located in Gatton to see the wall and read more in depth each mans story.

PTE. James Andrews – 25th Battalion
Born in 1890, James was one of eight boys and three girls. James managed his family’s farm with one of his younger brothers and was a member of the Ma Ma Creek rifle club. At age 25 he enlisted along with his youngest, and under aged, brother. He arrived in France as part of the British Expeditionary Force in the middle of the enormous Battle of the Somme. The battle lasted 5 months and claimed one million lives. James died August 5th while in this battle. Two of his brothers also lost their lives later on in the war. In 1919, Mrs Andrews, mother of the three boys, erected a monument in dedication to her three sons. The memorable statue still stands today and can be found at the Ma Ma Creek Cemetery.

Carnival of Flowers Toowoomba 2019

The Carnival of Flowers takes place annually in Toowoomba

This year was the 50th Anniversary of Flowers.

50th Anniversary of Carnival of Flowers Toowoomba

We went on a tour to the Flowers at Queens Park.…. Queens Park has retained the charm and character common to 19th century public parks and botanic gardens, putting on a special show for her visitors during Carnival.  Spread across 25 hectares, Queens Park is something to behold, with bright flower beds, large canopies of stately trees and acres of expansive green lawns

I particularly loved the Pansies that were featured here in many colors and shapes and sizes.

There was a viewing platform this year to see the main display around the Monument.

Queens Park Gardens

The Maze has always fascinated me and this year it had the theme of gold and green. There were always people viewing the maze. It was beautiful this year in its simplicity and attention to detail.

Island Mangroves

Mangrove Trees Lamb Island

Mangroves are a group of trees and shrubs that live in the coastal intertidal zone. There are about 80 different species of mangrove trees. All of these trees grow in areas with low-oxygen soil, where slow-moving waters allow fine sediments to accumulate.

Mangroves are remarkably tough. Most live on muddy soil, but some also grow on sand, peat, and coral rock. They live in water up to 100 times saltier than most other plants can tolerate. They thrive despite twice-daily flooding by ocean tides; even if this water were fresh, the flooding alone would drown most trees. Growing where land and water meet, mangroves bear the brunt of ocean-borne storms and hurricanes.

These amazing trees and shrubs:

  • cope with salt: Saltwater can kill plants, so mangroves must extract freshwater from the seawater that surrounds them. Many mangrove species survive by filtering out as much as 90 percent of the salt found in seawater as it enters their roots. … A third strategy used by some mangrove species is to concentrate salt in older leaves or bark. When the leaves drop or the bark sheds, the stored salt goes with them.
  • hoard fresh water: Like desert plants, mangroves store fresh water in thick succulent leaves. A waxy coating on the leaves of some mangrove species seals in water and minimizes evaporation. ..On some mangroves species, these tiny openings are below the leaf’s surface, away from the drying wind and sun.
  • breathe in a variety of ways: Some mangroves grow pencil-like roots that stick up out of the dense, wet ground like snorkels. These breathing tubes, called pneumatophores, allow mangroves to cope with daily flooding by the tides. Pneumatophores take in oxygen from the air unless they’re clogged or submerged for too long.

Cairns Queensland

Arriving in Cairns Harbor on a Cruise Ship

The Pacific Aria sailed into Cairns Harbor. It was a beautiful day and everybody lined the front of the ship to watch the arrival. We are now sailing past Willis Island where the Weather Station is based. We see a bird, which is how sailors knew they were near land.

Cairns Seaport is a multi-purpose regional port that caters to a diverse range of customers from project, bulk and general cargo, cruise shipping, fishing fleet and reef passenger ferries.

The Port is one of Australia’s busiest cruising destinations with both major international cruise ships and a number of domestic cruise vessels operating out of Cairns.

The Cairns Marlin Marina is a 261 berth Marina accommodating a variety of cruising vessels, super yachts and reef vessel operations servicing the Great Barrier Reef.

The Cityport project, located immediately adjacent to the Cairns CBD, with a detailed Masterplan, provides a range of unrivalled waterfront tourism, commercial and residential property development opportunities.

The Port has extensive land holdings that are leased to Seaport customers and is home to one of Australia’s largest fishing fleets.

I see my cousin watching and waiting for the ship to berth..We speak on the mobiles while the ship berths. It is a great harbor right in the heart of Cairns


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