It is hard to know where to begin with our home, “Mt Morris” Station, Charleville Queensland.
Throughout the research on this beautiful station, it is evident that so many people, so many families of bygone eras have all contributed in one way or another the Station’s survival.
From Shepherd’s tending their flocks on the open flood plains of the Langlo River in the late 1800’s – very early 1900’s, with the care and diligence as a father has for his children, to the Chinese people tending their vegetable gardens to contribute to the well being of all on the Station, indeed outlying outstations.
The manual labour that in today’s society would be considered an “OH &S” nightmare, was a fact of day to day life – do it or perish.
The fact is, without the hard work, tenacity and strength of character that these pioneers brought to “Mt Morris” is what Australia was born on.
The ability to adapt to seasonal variations – the rains come, the rains go, however always the people of this land remained steadfast in their convictions to improve their land, their home.
By forging ahead indeed our forefathers and mothers have secured and maintained the balance between the environment in which they lived, not just survived, successfully achieved sustainability, viability and economic reward without any compromise.
These settlers recognized that to jeopardize one for the other would be counterproductive.
The only way that these people, without the use of internet, phone, fax or tv were able to achieve such outstanding results through the decades, was to become one with the land, with their environment.
The Aboriginal people of this land knew this and understood all of this. For those Aboriginal people who passed on their knowledge, handed down from generation to generation, we thank you.
Throughout the history and development of Australia, controversy surrounds every aspect regarding settlement, and pre settlement. But as time goes by, and the bond that the Aboriginal people have with their land, and the beginnings of generations of white settlement are now established, there is another bond growing – and that does not know race of people, yet, this wonderful country, and wonderful Station, “Mt Morris” runs deep on many people’s veins, uniting us all who have a connection with the land – we here embrace this new bond.
The knowledge that our pioneers gathered, through failure and success, would stand the test of time – the proof is how “Mt Morris” stands to this very day.
“Mt Morris” is changing. The laws that are forced on “her” and many other landowners, landholders and stewards of land are not in the best interest of their environment.
A carefully maintained balance of “Mt Morris” is becoming harder to protect. Some laws and legislation would destroy the very thing, a productive, balanced Station that “Mt Morris” is proud to present today, in “The Year of the Farmer 2012”.
How do we, the family that have “inherited” the responsibility of this little known Queensland, indeed Australian treasure protect “her”?
For our part, we have decided to open the Station up, and share “her” secrets now, some 146 years after European Settlement.
As this blog site develops there will be in no specific order, articles on “Mt Morris” history, the day to day running of the station, the many and varied species of Flora and Fauna, updates on visitors to the Station and their stories, and above all, to let the world know, that “Mt Morris” is still here, and is now sharing “her” very important history.
If you would like to visit the Station, please go the “ABOUT” section at the top left hand corner of the home page, once you click on it, there are 2 links that provide more information for travellers wishing to visit our beautiful home, “Mt Morris”
Below are some photos we thought you may enjoy, we hope you do 🙂