About

Mt. Morris is a historically significant cattle station located near Charleville, Queensland, Australia.  During the 19th century, a remarkably small population developed this vast, harsh continent into one of the most productive nations in the world.  And Mt. Morris Station is a unique part of that history.  Hand written diaries dating back to 1902, tell the story of rain, drought, floods, animal care and struggle with the elements on a station that was part of a growing nation. From a predominately sheep station with a few cattle Mt Morris continued to develop to withstand the test of time and her natural environment.

Seeing Mt. Morris for the first time is like opening the first page of a spellbinding book.  You won’t be able to put it down once you start!

For holiday information please see below link, and don’t be timid in emailing, things are always changing at “Mt Morris”, and there may be other things on offer 🙂

http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/things-to-see-and-do/mt-morris-station/index.cfm

also the continually updated Go See Australia link below with wonderful photo gallery 🙂

http://www.goseeaustralia.com.au/caravan_park/qld/charleville/7684/mount_morris_station/accommodation/

2 Responses to About

  1. Ian Tonking says:

    In 1937 my uncle, a young jackeroo with Australian Estates, travelled to Mt Morris as chauffeur to one of the company’s managers from Melbourne. They visited a number of other stations in Qld on this and a later trip. He left a brief diary of his trips which I still have. Unfortunately he died in World War II in the RAAF at the age of 29.
    Here is his brief record of the visit:
    “Friday 23 Ap.
    Left Bourke 8.45 arrived Woorooka 11.15 got permit had lunch along road in Qld arrived Cunnamulla 2.45. Quite a decent little town. Stayed at Hotel Cunnamulla. Went to fight at local Town Hall.
    Sat.
    Left C’Mulla 8.30 am. Charleville 1 pm. Had lunch at …..Hotel. Got car greased went on to Mt Morris .
    Mr Chilcotte, Manager
    Mr Harrison, Overseer
    Mr Stapleton, jackeroo, Mr Chalk, bookkeeper and jackeroo.
    180,000 acres, 20,000 sheep, seventy miles from Charleville, stayed night there.
    Sun.
    Left Mt Morris 8.30 for Terrick awful road all gullies and washouts. Had dinner at “Listowel”, Mr Jones and family. Arrived Terrick Stud 4.30. Mr Clapham Manager, Mr Murdoch Overseer, Mr Holmes Jackeroo, Mr Thomas bookkeeper. Stayed night.
    Mon. Left Terrick for Mt Marlow 8am. Went past Malverton, Iris Downs, Isisford, then down the Barcoo to Mt Marlow, 151 from Terrick. Rotten road and we weren’t too sure of it. Arr. Mt Marlow 4.30. Mr Neville, Manager, Mrs Neville and daughter Belle, Mr Frecker, Overseer . All very nice, had a game of tennis. ”
    And my footnote when I produced a transcript for family members recently:
    ” “Mt Morris” station, between Tambo and Quilpie, with an average rainfall for the month of 35mm, recorded a record 175 mm (7 inches) in November 2010. IWB’s notes describe it as 68 Miles from Charleville, comprising 200,000 acres carrying 20,000 sheep sheep; “most of the country is very heavily timbered, mulga and scrub and Gidyea.” Gidyea or gidgee is a species of wattle, Acacia georginae, or “stinking wattle” because of the smell it gives off before rain.”

    I was sorry to read the report in today’s Australian and wish I would help.
    regards

    Ian Tonking
    Robertson NSW 2577.

    • G’Day Ian, thanks for the information, it is very useful for ongoing research into the station. It is very much appreciated that you have taken time to share it here with us, so thank you for this information.
      For obvious reasons, we are a tad “preoccupied” at present, however, when normality again returns – not sure when, we will be able to continue on with the work. Kind regards mate

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