Why not visit the Stanthorpe Historical Museum, High Street, Stanthorpe
Athwart the showground hill the museum stands -
Securely housed in glass display cases;
A roving native dropped his axe of stone
A miners pick rust-pitted by lack of use;
A winch for pulling trees on virgin land,
Athwart the showground hill the museum stands;
written by Geoffrey Hamlyn-Harris
First Edition, February,1972,
Second Edition, April,1973, Third Edition, December, 1980 (Revised)
National Library of Australia Card Number and
(Inside front flap of cover)
Few areas have passed through such definite
patterns of change or have had a mre colourful and chequered history
than the Stanthorpe district.
The coming of the pastoralists, follow-in the footsteps of explorer Cunningham, meant the birth of the sheep industry in Queensland.
In 1872, another grand era began with the discovery of rich alluvial tin deposits.
As supplies of tin dwindled, no ghost mining town developed here, but in its stead, a new industry. The enthusiasm of the prospectors was directed to the growing of deciduous fruits, and an industry developed, destined to be the only one of its kind in the State.
"In a letter home the Leslie Brothers described the wide cracks between the slabs in their rough huts, while Eliza Marsh mentioned that at night she could see the stars through the holes in the bark roof.
Tin Mining -
"Mr Miles, M.L.A. in 1874 said 'the district of Stanthorpe had contributed more largely to the prosperity of Queensland than any other district in it'.
Deciduous Fruits -
"Border Post Editorial, 1873, 'Cultivation of deciduous fruits unsurpassed, of which we have occuar demonstration .... excellent foils for wine grape growing' ".