Tilbury Lineage

History of Aramac, QLD

All but two streets of the town commemorate the names of identities, who were associated with the early history and development of the town and district.

Drury Street was named after E.R. Drury, who was the original owner of the block of land at the corner of Burt and Gordon Streets, where the Methodist Church now stands. The County named after him and situated to the north-eastern corner of the district, further perpetuates his name.

McWhannell Street honours Thomas McWhannell who was the original owner of Rodney Downs Station and was the first Chairman of the Aramac Divisional Board. He was actively associated with the town's early development and was a member of the town's early committees and societies.

Rule Street commemorates the name of John Rule, who took up Aramac Station in 1863 with Dyson Lacy.

Gordon Street, straight down from where the Aramac Station homestead used to be, honours the names of that colourful character Alexander or "Long" Gordon as he was better known. He was well over six feet tall and very thin. While he also took part in the affairs of the town, he is vividly remembered for avenging the death of his friend Lacy by the blacks.

Kerr Street was named after Robert Kerr at one time manager of Bowen Downs Station and who, with Nat Buchanan, drove the first mob of cattle into the district from Port Cooper, near Bowen.

Cook Street appears to have been wrongly named as this street has never been called by that name by the authorities. It is actually a continuation of the Muttaburra Road. The Shire Council, whose perogative it is to name streets, has named this street Kingston Street, after John William Kingston, the father of Aramac Hotelkeepers and in honour of the family which has been associated with the town since its formation.

Booker Street perpetuates the name of Joseph William Booker, who was one of the early stoekeepers, first in the partnership of Brown and Booker, when they occupied J.T. Tilbury's old store at the corner of Gordon and Burt Streets. Later he moved into business on his own account in a two story building further along Gordon Street on vacant land ownded by the later Mrs. Dot Egan. Booker was a member of the Divisional Board and was very actively assocated with the town's development.

McAuliffe Street, the northern most street, was named after the well known grazier, John McAuliffe who owned Stagmount, Barbarah and Ballyneety. He was also a Shire Councillor.

Forsyth Street brings to mind William Forsyth (often referred to as King Billy) who managed Aramac Station for many years for Travers and Gibson. He was also on most of the town's committees and boards.

Burt Street was named after Alfred Burt, who was the first manager at Aramac Station after it was bought by Travers and Gibson. He later had a store on the new vacant allotment at the corner of Gordon and Burt Streets. This store was later conducted by Alfred Thompson.

Porter Street commemorates the name of George Porter, well known as the first licensee of the Royal Hotel and the owner of Boongoondoo Station.

Lodge Street and Boundary Streets are the two streets not named after personalities. The former gained its name by reason of the fact that the town's first Masonic Lodge was situated there on the corner allotment now occupied by Mrs. Shaw. The latter as the name implies was at one time the western boundary of the town.

In the 1880's the town had six stores, four of which have now disappeared. J.T. Tilbury, the father of Aramac Storekeepers, owned three of these at the one time. His prinicpal place of business, the Marathon Stores, was on the corner of Gordon and Burt Streets, where Phillip Penny's home now is. These premises were later occupied by Brown and Booker. This partnership later dissolved with Booker moving into a two story building near near the present chemist shop in Gordon Street, and Brown opened up further along the street near the Albion Hotel.

Some of the other old time storekeepers were Edward Schneider, John Farrell, Alfred Burt, Alfred Thompson, Cashion and Thompson and L.E. Tuckerman.

The name of Kingston, which is synonymous with storekeeping in this town, entered the field in 1883 when C.J. Kingston went into his first store, situated between the Aramac and Albion Hotels. From there he moved across the street to George Porter's old private residence. He built a top story onto this building and called it "Kingston's Bazaar". From there he moved down the street to the business founded by Thompson and Cashion in 1878. Just prior to C.J.'s death in 1922 he disposed of this business to his son, W.J. Kingston. This business still operates under the name of W.J. Kingston Pty. Ltd., although most of the shares in the company were purchased in 1958 by Meacham and Leyland. It was built into a thriving business by W.J.'s two sons, Billy and Wilfred.

A.J. & H.H. Hassell conduct the other store in a new building recently built by Walter Reid and Co. on the site of Kingston's old bazaar. The bazaar was only dismantled in 1957 when Dickson and Ferguson went out of business.

Although the town was at one time served by two butchers, only one, R.C. & T.J. Banney, now remains. The first person to enter the butchering trade here was William Mills, and he had his butcher shop where the present shop is now. A chinaman, named Ah Thoy, was the next to obtain a slaughtering license on 14/1/78.

The next in the butchering field was John Dickson, the pregenitor of Aramac's well known Dickson clan. The old "King" as he was known, obtained his slaughtering license on 11/6/1978. He had his business on the extreme western end of Gordon Street, between the now deserted Raven and Forsyth Streets. Derelict wagon wheels still mark the spot. He also had a dairy, baked bread and made confectionery. The old ''King" was considered by old timers to have been the wildest man to ever set foot in Aramac. Dickson's Crossing which fords Aramac Creek at the nearest point to his old home, now perpetrates his name.

At one time the town had two bakeries, but one of these have now vanished. Cordial factories have come and gone, the last one being operated by Mr. Fred Bowden. The father of Aramac Cordial manufacturers was Edward Schneider.

In 1330 the town boasted a newspaper, known as either "The Aramac Times" or "The Aramac Mail". It was edited by William John Hodda. Hodda sold to a man named Maxwell, who shortly afterwards closed it down and moved the plant to Winton on a dray. A Soap works was established by a Mr. H.R. Brown in 1880, setting it up on the site now occupied by the Aramac Golf Club.

Brick works were established in 1879 by gentlemen named Christian Petersen aad Thomas Genner between the channels of Aramac Creek approximntely 200 yards downstream from the traffic bridge. Evidence of their enterprise is still evident at this spot, as it was in the old fireplace of the Royal Hotel.

The drought of 1926 sounded the death knell of the wagons, which had given such stirling service in opening up the backcountry of Queensland, carting the pro­duce of tho district out and goods to sustain life and improve the lot of the people on its return journey. Motor lorries, the forerunners of today's modern transports took over, and the turn around of these early vehicles in getting from point A to point B was nothing short of miraculous. One such motorised bus set a speed record beween Aramac and Barcaldine of three and one half hours.

Extending the Railway line west from Rockhampton was to do more in opening up the west than any other single phase of transport. The first link Rockhampton to Westwood was opened on 17th September 1867, to Emerald 26th May 1879, to Bogun­tungan 1/9/1881, to Alpha 22/9/1884, to Jericho 2/6/1885, to Barcaldine 7/11/1886, to Longreach on 15/2/1884, which became the western termini until the late 1920s when it was extended to Winton and linked the two seaboard cities of Rockhampton and Townsville, by an inland route.

As already stated one of the first roads to the district wns from the town­ship of Bowen. The next was a blaze line track from Clermont via Long Gully, Red­ Rock, Surbiton, Speculation, Grayrock, then along Aramac Creek to the town. The road from Blackall came to Coreena, then along Politic Greek to Aramac Creek then into town.

As natural surface water dictated the first roads, and to get to Muttaburra in the west, one had to follow Aramac Creek to Scarrbury, and on to the Thompson River. Flooding along these water courses presented problems; if the Thompson wasn't crossable there was a road up the eastern side through Crossmore; if the Thompson was crossable one could cross to Camoola and go up the western side, but always there was the chance that you would get caught by the northern watercourses Landsborough or Cornish. With the tapping of the Artesian Basin water flowed fairly freely & soon we saw the advent of boredrains twistlng and winding their way over black soil plains thus obviating the long daily trips to water for thirsty stock, and with the construction of Kellys Dam, the road to Muttaburra became more direct, and the road via Scarrbury fell into disuse. Acacia Dam was next constructed and was a scene for a callous murder by one named John Raynor in the early 1880's and now bears the name of Murdering Dam.

The first Post Office was established at Aramac on 1st March 1874. The first Post-Master was Mr. C. Cannon receiving the princely sum of £12 per annum from
1.3.74 to 21.10.74; Senior Constable R.S. Allen then carried out the work of Post-Master as a sideline to his Police duties from 1.10.74 to 16.5.1975. One of the
town's first Storekeepers E. Schneider whose shop was near where the Australian Cafe now stands carried on 'till 14.1.1879. W.H. Morrison was his successor and the remuneration was increased to £40.

Mail services radiating from Aramac followed the introduction of horse­-drawn mail coaches from Clermont on 1st.January 1874, a distance of 200 mile each way and at end of one year the contractor could expect to have travelled 20,300 miles in the execution of his duty and count back how much he had saved out of his
contract price of £225 per annum. The mail service between Aramac and Cork (i.e a property in the Winton district - Winton wasn't formed then) was operated by horse once a fort-night a distance of 265 mile and for that the contractor received £280 per annum. The commencement of Telegraphic facilities at Aramac are not known, but the Post Master General's Annual Report for 1878 shows that the staff at Aramac consisted of one lines repairer-in-charge and one line repairer, proof enough that facilities for sending telegrams were available before that date. The date of installation of the first telephone here is not known; information on hand is that the first switchboard installed at the Aramac Post Office in 1900, had four subscribers namely Bowen Downs, Barooorah, Aramac Station and Stagmount. Tho P.M.G's report reveals that a new building was erected at Aramac and possession taken thereof in 1879. The official Post Office was situated next door to the Police Station in Burt Street on the site of the present Q.C.W.A. Hostel. About 1896, a new Post Off­ice and residence was erected on the Corner of Lodge & Gordon Streets, and transferred to the Commonwealth Government at Federation. When the Postal Department vacated the old building in 1896, representation was made to the State Government to take it over as a residence for a Police Magistrate and that a resident Police Magistrate be restored. A deaf ear was turned by officialdom on this request. The old building was purchased by Storekeeper John Carlin who engaged John Muller and Thomas Vincent to pull it down and rebuild it. Purchased later by the late A.D. Cameron it served as home for he and his family until the demise of son Alex in 1968. The house still stands in Kerr Street.

The present Post Office and residence was built in 1914 at a cost of One thousand six hundred & forty six pound ten shillings.

Tho Blacksmiths who kept the wheels of transport turning, have long since disappeared from the town. John Coleman, who pioneered the trade here, had his shop at the corner of Porter & McWhannell Streets. The last village smithy here was Walter Hall, who had his forge and anvil set up on the corner of Kerr and Porter St. where the Roman Catholic Presbytery and Church now stand.

"Black Dan" an American Negro whose correct name was Daniel Carrington Haineworth, had his shop at the rear of where Aramac Motors Garage now is.

Charles Moeser, one of the town's first saddlers had his shop just around the corner in Gordon Street. This too is a redundant trade, none now operate in Aramac.

That August body, the Aramac Branch of the Q.C.W.A. held its inaugural meeting at the premises of the Bank of N.S.Wales on 24th.June 1924. The following Iadies were present: Mesdames Carney, G.L.Bowyer, Lavden, E.M.Bowyer, Flower, Eaton, Gayforrd, and Misses Watson-Smith and Bowyer.

Mrs.G.L.Bowyer took the Chair for the election of Officers and the follow­ing results ensued; Mrs.Tait was elected President subject to her acceptance, and Vice-Presidents elect were Mesdames S.H.Fraser, D.McAuliffe and Eaton & Miss Watson­-Smith. Miss J.Bowyer was elected Treasurer; Mrs Gayford was Secretary.

The Association used to meet in the Shire Hall or the School of Arts. On 22.4.1939 the Association was Gazetted Trustees of the School of Arts; This body has now built a Waiting Mothers Hostel on the site and serves a most useful purpose in the Association's activities.

Great changes have occurred since William Landsborough, the explorer discovered and named Aramac Creek after his friend R.R. McKenzie, and great will be the changes still to come.

"The Past is the Parent of the Present,
The Present a Parent will be,
But look you well to the Future,
Forebear of the vast mystery,
Eternity guards its great secrets,
But reason was given to see,
That Infinite Will is the Master,
And Time but a finite decree."

Comments

  • dan dickson 6 years ago

    I am 5th generation of the Dickson clan, John Dickson who help settlement in Aramac arriving 1872. There is a plaque outside the park in Gordon St acknowledging John Dickson pioneers days

    • Linden 6 years ago

      Thanks for the comment Dan. Great to hear from a descendant of "the wildest man to ever set foot in Aramac"! Cheers, Linden

      • dan dickson 6 years ago

        Thanks Linden,

        Are you related or the author, anyway thanks again for your response

        Dan

        • Linden 6 years ago

          Dan, I'm the author - started putting it together after my father died in '93. I'm only able to work on the site spasmodically but hopefully I'll have more time in the not too distant future. Cheers, Linden

          EDIT: Sorry, clarification required. I'm the "author" of the site, not the author of this page. The Aramac Shire Council gave me the documents.

    • Heather Dickson 6 years ago

      Dan, do you know if your family was from Scotland originally? If yes what part of Scotland?
      happyheather7[at]hotmail[dot]com

      • Vere 2 years ago

        The Dickson family came from Perthshire in Scotland and the great great grandfather was a laird but wouldn't return to Scotland to take over the estate. Landed in Melbourne and went to the goldfields where he became the Mayor. With all the fighting he loaded up the drays and his brothers etc left to find a better place. They camped on the Aramac creek and the rest is history.

    • Sharon Drew (nee Hatfield) 3 years ago

      My Dad who was 90 years old in 2014, the year of his passing he talked about Taydie Dickson who helped take Mum & Dad from Fleetwood Station out western Qld near Aramac in his truck to get Mum to Rockhampton a week before she was due to have her second child. The roads were flooded & boggy and it was a hard call for Mr. Dickson to even volunteer to come all the way to Fleetwood Station, he was remembered well by my father in his story of that era. Taydie Dickson may have had a mail-run & I'm not sure how Taydie's name is spelt but that's how Dad pronounced his name in the tape recording of his oral history. Dad was working on Feetwood Station in approx.1949 or around 1950 with my grandparents also working there at the time. Fleetwood Station had a close association with Kingsborough Station run by the Rudds and who were long-time employers of my grandparents. I was wondering if your family may be related to this Mr Dickson.

      Regards
      Sharon Drew
      Rockhampton Q 4700

      • linden 3 years ago

        Thanks Sharon, great story. Dan didn't leave his email address so let's hope he checks back. Cheers, Linden

      • Vere Storch (née Dickson) 2 years ago

        Reading this today and I'd like to let you know that yes my dad was Tadie. He had mail runs when I was a kid before we moved out to Coorabah not far from from Fleetwood. My Dad was the oldest of the second family of David Dickson (my grandfather) Dan,s grandfather Les Dickson was my Dad,s step brother as their mother passed away leaving five children. Grandad remarried and he and Nana had nine children of whom my Dad was the oldest. All in his family are deceased. Dan lives in Brisbane and is on Facebook . His Dad is still alive and in his late nineties. I vaguely remember the name Hatfield but as I was born in 1948 can't quite put it all together. I live in Blackwater now as nearly all my family have passed. My father was well known for helping people and would go out of his way to do so.

    • Melinda Appleton nee Schofield 2 years ago

      Hi Dan, Sharon, Linden
      I know your post was 4 years ago but I am desperate to find connections to my father, Gordon (Sco) Schofield, shearers cook on many stations DOB 1947? Apparently his grandmother (Aboriginal Woman my great grannie) had a child to his grandfather, I am that child. I am in hope you may know further history of the area?

      • linden 2 years ago

        Hi Melinda, you submitted the same comment to Dan, Sharon and me so I took the liberty of combining them into one. Hope that's okay. I can't help at the moment but I hope someone else can. Cheers, Linden

  • Robyn Balfour 6 years ago

    John William Kingston & Matilda Maria Strutton are my great grandparents. My mother said her grandfather was killed in an accident, being squashed by his own bullock team against a cliff or fence in 1891 and I'm trying to find evidence to substantiate this tragedy, nothing so far.
    Even more importantly, I'd LOVE to have a photo of John & Matilda for my family tree. I came across one of the family pics from 1895 but, sadly, he was already gone and Matilda wasn't in it either. If anyone can help, I would be extremely grateful - Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

    Heather - I have John Dickson b.1827 Tibbermore, Perthshire, Scotland, arriving Melbourne 1853. His youngest son David married CJ Kingston's dau Amy 1892.

  • Anonymous 6 years ago

    My great, great grandmother was the sister of Jack Kingston and with her husband Frank Phillips came to Aramac in 1883 and took over the running of the Marathon hotel and Jack moved to the Aramac Hotel. Mrs Frank Phillips died in 1889 and Frank in 1890 leaving three children Annie, Francis and Frank. Francis later married a Kingston cousin, Frank left to work for Sidney Kidman and settled in Adelaide some 20yrs later and I have no idea what happened to Annie. Frances had 7 children and I believe decendants by the name of Winters are still in Aramac. I have a history of the Kingstons written by Jacks brother C.J.Kingston I am travelling to Aramac in late July early August to fill some gaps in my family history. regards John Phillips

    • Susanne Reidy 1 year ago

      John....are you related to the Barcaldine Phillips? There are at least 2 Frank Phillips in Aramac at the same time...one married Jack Kingston's sister ..the other to Elizabeth Eberston.....unsure as to whether they are one and the same person and if Elizabeth was Kingston's sister who remarried to be Eberston?????

      • John Phillips 1 year ago

        Hello Susanne
        Francis William Phillips married Jemima Louisa Kingston in England and then, encouraged by Jemima's brother Jack Kingston migrated to Aramac in 1885 and managed the Marathon Hotel. They died very young 4 and 5 years later. I do not know of any other Phillips relatives in Aus.

        • Susanne 8 months ago

          Hi John, thanks for the reply...still a mystery

  • Robyn Balfour 6 years ago

    Just wanted to say thank you, Linden, for all this interesting history and also for enabling me to find another 3rd cousin! Regards, Robyn

    • Linden 6 years ago

      My pleasure Robyn, glad it's helped. Cheers, Linden

  • Ron Porter 6 years ago

    George Porter of Aramac was my great great grandfather Thanks for the info

    • Therese Jansan 3 years ago

      Ron. George Porter is my husbands great great grandfather also.... I have only just started on this search of the Porter family!!!

      • Brian Carr 9 months ago

        Hi Ron and Therese, George was my great great grandfather also.

      • Andrew McCallum 8 months ago

        Currently reading a book written by a Joseph Porter. Son of George Parter. Title,Roll the summers back. Could be worth looking for as it contains some interesting local history.

        • Linden 8 months ago

          Hi Andrew, Lorraine Wearmouth posted here about a book called "Roll Back the Summers". Same book? Cheers, Linden

    • linden 5 years ago

      Apologies to Veronica. The following submission was found during conversion to the new site. It was submitted 3 Apr 2014:

      A very interesting history of Aramac where I was born. My father was the Anglican clergyman there till the late 1950 . I always tried to get in touch with Ron Porter as I knew his great grandfather when I lived in Sydney. Would you be able to contact him and he can contact me if he wishes.
      Thank you Veronica Jelinek

    • Shirley Huth 1 year ago

      I was interested to read about Robert Gibson Miller who spent 20 years as Aramac Shire Clerk. He was my great-grandfather. His second wife (not related to me) was Mabel Constance Porter, who I believe was the daughter of George. I don't know a lot about her as I am descended from Robert's eldest daughter. Both Robert's wives are buried at Aramac, and his ashes lie there as well.

      • Peter Miller 9 months ago

        Hi Shirley , my grand father was George Gibson and his son and my father was Donald Gibson, we may be related somehow , I am in the Brisbane phone book at Darra

  • Rosalea Mackay 6 years ago

    A wonderful history of the Aramac area that I enjoyed reading. My great grandparents, James and Ellen Mitchell had had one of their children, Frederick, aged about 3, go missing while herding goats with his brother in the Boongavinna area (October 1899) I'm have been trying to find out a little more about this area but it seems that name is no longer used. Ellen was a housekeeper for the Dickson family on Annievale station and died in Aramac in 1931. P corresponded with a MR Joe Dickson in the late 80's who was the nephew of the station owner William Dickson. rosaleaj[at]bigpond[dot]com

  • Gerard Ansell 5 years ago

    My great,great grandparents George and Eliza Phillips arrived in Brisbane in 1857 on board the Parsee with their seven children including two sons, Louis and Frank.

    Louis married Agnes Isabella Lawson and became the licensee of the Aramac Hotel (was there in1893). The Aramac Hotel along with The Albion Hotel was lost in a disastrous fire on 1 December 1924. Reports of the day suggest the Aramac Hotel loss was six to seven thousand pound with an insurance cover of only 930 pound.

    This must have been an enormous blow to Louis and his wife and Louis was dead within six months at the age of 73. His wife died in 1937 and both are buried together in Aramac Cemetery.

    one of Louis and Agnes' four daughters, Delia Isabella, married Charles Williams and a son Mervyn Louis Williams born in Aramac went on to be a Queensland boxing champion. He eventually located to Melbourne where he became well known as "Mr Boxing" in the press and on radio and TV.

    • PETER HYLAND 2 years ago

      Louis PHILLIPS and Agnes Isabella LAWSON are my G Grandparents - their daughter Eliza Jane is my Grandmother.
      Such a fascinating history of Aramac. My grandfather (Bill HYLAND) named his house in Narrabeen (n'thn Sydney beaches) "ARAMAC" in the 1920s
      I've been trying to compile the LAWSON family tree connection for 50 yrs - no real luck yet.
      I have only been able to ascertain Agnes' birth on 15/4/1854 near Condobolin (NSW)
      Cheers
      Peter Hyland

      • Gerard Ansell 2 years ago

        Hi Peter Hyland it appears we are third cousins.

        My father's middle name was Louis and he pronounced it as "Louie" but I understand Louis Phillips was sounded as "Lewis". Any information you have on the man would be appreciated as my reading about him in newspaper archives suggests he was a larger than life character.

        Cheers
        Gerard Ansell
        Coorparoo
        Brisbane

        • Peter Hyland 1 year ago

          Hi Gerard,
          If you email me, I'll give you all that I have on the PHILLIPS family - a fair bit on Louis!
          He was a successful publican in Aramac, and when he died, his coffin weighed over 1/2 ton, so a crane had to be used to lower him into his grave. - From my research, he sure was "bigger than life"

          Cheers
          Peter Hyland

          • Linden 1 year ago

            Hi Peter, Did you intend to publish your email address? If so you may want to put it into the text of a message, as the email address fields don't get published. Cheers, Linden

    • Susanne 2 years ago

      Hi Gerald.....am researching Phillips family from Barcaldine....getting stuck at Frank Barney Phillips who married Florence Kate Summers. You state above that George and Eliza emigrated on the Parsee with 7 children including Frank.....however on checking shipping records of the Parsee in 1857 there is no record of Frank....can you provide any information to confirm that Frank was one of their children? Many thanks

  • George Allan Roots 5 years ago

    Approx 1908-9 my grandfather Daniel Roots started with the Aramac Tramways with him 1909-10 he brought my father James William Roots & his brothers David & George, Dan was not living with his wife,A tent was his home mostly for his 40years working as a overseer (I have photo's) most of those years on the Aramac Tramway building & permanent overseer after the completion in 1913 until 1934, he received a silver medal honouring his dedication in 1921, my father James William. Ariving after the other 2 siblings worked as a carpenter he helped build houses, the former 2 story hotel, the St George Church of England & the new post office in 1914 he claimed to have inscribed his name in the roof rafters, he met my mother in Aramac she was working as a cook at the Hotel in 1915 he married her in 1916 in Rockhampton. David has his name on the 1914-18 centetaf war memorial in Aramac, George met my mother's sister & married her, the family have quite a few photo's of that era. They all spoke highly of the Town of Aramac & the people, all were very strong Unionist & Orangemen.On my Aramac 2000 visit found the local Sergant Roots of police was related.

    • paula 2 years ago

      Hello
      I was interested when reading your family history and would love to know more about your family regarding the Tramway as I am the vice president of the Aramac Tramway and Historical Assn and we would love to know more about the people who worked for the Tramway all those years ago. You also mentioned the Post Office. If you had any old photos of the post office we would also love to see them as the current owners are also interested in the history.
      I did mention to them about the inscription in the rafters but they had not seen it. I am sure they will have a look now :)
      Look forward to hearing from you.
      Paula Coulton
      Aramac Tramway

      • Gary Dickson 2 years ago

        Hi Paula, my name is Gary Dickson.I was born in Barcaldine in 1948 and in 1953/4 moved to Aramac when my father Maurice Donald (Digger) Dickson took the position of guard on the Aramac Tramway. He worked there till about 1962/3. We lived in the house opposite the bottom gate to the memorial park. I remember when the old steam train was there. Going down to the railway yards very early in the morning with dad for a trip to Barcaldine. Jonesy and his fireman were firing up the engine and i remember having bacon and eggs cooked on a shovel in the boiler fire. One of the firemen was a young bloke named Bobby Jacobsen. I think he came from Rockhampton. (if my memory is good). He was a boxer and Digger took the opportunity to have me taught to box. I remember when the RR MAC arrived. There was a school competition to name the new loco and I think it was Beverley Hallam who won the competition. Of course everyone called it Paw Paw. Did you know they had a motorised pumper that was used by the maintenance crews and used for the mail run mostly in the wet weather. On one occasion Digger was was coming back with the clinic sister from Barcaldine an the pumper derailed. It finished up on its side with Digger lying almost under it with a stick in his leg. I believe the clinic sister was thrown clear and not badly hurt. I remember when the drovers used to come with mobs of sheep and cattle that were loaded down at the stock yards. Sometimes 2 loads (trips to Barcaldine) were required to shift them. My grandparents and uncle owned the old Dickson & Ferguson store opposite the picture show. My uncle Jack Mitchell was the local Shell petrol agent. I dont know how much history you have or what additional information you may be looking for. I found your site purely by accident. The last time I was in Aramac was back in 2006 for a half day visit. If you have any specific questions I can possibly help you with please let me know.

  • Errol O'Farrell 5 years ago

    Hello
    Thank you for the wonderful and date eventful history. My partner's grandfather is the Henry Edward Farrell born 1875 to John Farrell and Sarah McAnanley (both born Tyrone Ireland) in your story. Their correct name was O'Farrell but always known as Farrell . I wondered if there was a record of when sold the Albion Hotel as I believe the family moved to Winton after that. Do you have this date:- 1879 James Thompson Tilbury, Alfred Thompson, George Porter and John Farrell were appointed to be trustees of the Reserve for a Dam at Aramac, proclaimed 9.07.1879. A.E.Kennedy Governor. Regards Ellen Lyne

    • Linden 5 years ago

      Hi Ellen. Wish I could help. Perhaps you could try Aramac Shire Council? It's now part of Barcaldine Regional Council (admin_office [at] barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au). Phone number for the Aramac Admin Office is 07 4652 9999.
      Cheers, Linden

  • Sam Smith 5 years ago

    Hello, My Uncle was Town Mayor of Aramac for many years, His Name was Basil Smith. Please Contact me I have something very interesting that once belonged to your father.

  • Anonymous 5 years ago

    I'm a Glover and I do know that I am related to the Glover and Storch families. Are there any existing in Aramac from either of these families?

  • Sonny Thompson 4 years ago

    My great grandfather Jack Rolfe was on Annievale Station and his wife was Lizzie Rolfe, my grandmother was Annie Rolfe, shd wax taken away as a 9 year okd girl to Deebing Creek mission. Hsve you got any information on those names?

    • Linden 4 years ago

      Sorry Sonny, I don't at this stage. Maybe someone else reading this will be able to help. Cheers, Linden

    • Rosalea Mackay 2 years ago

      Hi Sonny .. My great grand mother Ellen Mitchell worked as housekeeper on Annievale Station in the early 1900's .. possibly until at least 1919. I know little of her life there but I do have a photo of what I believe is Annievale taken during this period. Joe Dickson, who I corresponded with in the late 1980's sent it to me (he was he nephew of William Dickson of Annievale Station) I would be happy to email it to you if it is of interest. In the photo are 2 women (one is Ellen) 6 men and 3 children (1 Aboriginal) Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

  • Heidi Jai Goodwin 4 years ago

    Hi, this has been a great read. My Great, Great, Great Grandfather is C J Kingston. My family doesn't know much about our Kingston Family only from a book that was written by a cousin call Len which we only set eyes on only a few years ago. My Great Grandmother is Alice Clara Kingston whose father C W Kingston moved the family to Emerald where she met my Great Grandfather William Munro. (Munro was one of the first families in Emerald) Would love to know more or if anyone has photos that they can share.

    Thank you

    Heidi Jai

    • Suzanne Gay Lawrence 7 months ago

      I have a couple of pictures of C J Kingston and I married a lawrence whose aunt married Len kingston

  • Rachel Loosemore 4 years ago

    My great-great-grandfather is the James Tolson mentioned on this page. Thank you for sharing this information about Aramac.

  • Linden Pirie 3 years ago

    Im a descendent of the Kingstons. Claude Kingston was my grandfather. This was a fascinating history of Aramac. Im just wondering how two Lindens came out of such a little town?
    Linden.

    • Linden 3 years ago

      Hi Linden, Are you male or female? I was told my parents were in the Blue Mountains, drove through a town called Linden and liked the name.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    I'm trying to find relatives called Carole & Barry Cochrane. I believe they have twin daughters & a son who would be in their 40s. Barry used to work on
    longreach & I think Carole worked at the post office. I believe Carole & Barry retired to Brisbane. i would love to connect with their children/my cousins .Anyone know them?

    • Jenny 3 years ago

      I saw Barry earlier this year at a funeral. Call 0427580967 and I can put you in contact with his cousins

  • Linden 3 years ago

    The following was submitted by Michael Wiseman:

    I am trying to trace my grandfather Percy Melville Wiseman who disappeared from the Scone N.S.W. area in 1918 and is rumoured to have drowned in a dam at Aramac about 1930s or 40s. He probably changed his name as he was wanted for family desertion. Can you shed any light on this situation. Most Grateful if you could. My older sister has told me she can recall my parents talking about Percy being drowned after he fell off his horse because of am epileptic fit. His brother who lived at Dalby was asked to go and identify the body. Whether this helps or confuses I don't know. I would be most appreciative of any help you could give in contacting other sources. My sister believes his death occurred in the late forties.

  • Martin 3 years ago

    I am trying to find information on S Donner can you shed any light on him.

    • linden 3 years ago

      Hi Martin,
      I don't know how much you already know, but from what I can gather from NLA he died 1909 (aneurism). He was a well-known and popular figure in Qld. He was from "good English stock" (a brother was a baronet) and brought considerable capital to Qld, which he lost in pastoral pursuits in the Gulf. He managed 'Carandotta' and then became a commission agent, sharebroker at Cloncurry.
      Hope this helps.
      Cheers, Linden

  • Selwyn R (Bob) Pratt 3 years ago

    G'Day Linden, my Maternal Grandfather Edward (Ted) Lynch was born on 03/07/1886 at Monk's Creek near Alpha, his father Patrick Lynch, from Castleisland, County Kerry, Ireland, worked on the railway line in the late 80's & finally settled in Barcaldine. My Aunty, Annie Elizabeth Lynch married Cecil Lawrence (mechanic) were married in Longreach on 02/02/1926 & lived in Aramac Patrick's brother Michael Lynch married Margaret Moriarty & settled in Ararmac. Jim & Maggie (Lynch) Langdon "Adelong" Muttaburra 1902 -1990 buried in Aramac. Doris Lynch was a telephonist at the Aramac PMG exchange, left 18/01/1935 (Tvlle Daily Bulletin 21/01/1935, page 7). A town of PIONEERS!

    • linden 3 years ago

      Hi Bob,
      Good to hear of another family that has a long association with the area. Aramac certainly was a town of pioneers.
      Cheers, Linden

    • Geoffrey James Lawrence 2 years ago

      Hi Selwyn Your mother was my aunt Jessie who was my mother's sister. She was Annie Lawrence (Lynch). I came across your post while looking for info about my uncle Fred Lawrence's station (Cheryl I think). It may still be in the Lawrence family. Perhaps others may know of my grandfather Fredrick Lawrence (born in Bath Eng. emigrated to Brisbane 1884) who had a long history in Aramac. I kweg your half sister Pamela and may have met you in Winton around 1941. Cheers Geoff L.

      • selwyn robin pratt 2 years ago

        G'Day Cousin Geoffrey, I hope you & your family are well. I have fond & happy memories, when I stayed with you at Brighton. Uncle Cecil did take me to the "flicks", where he worked as the projectionist & to see Norths play footy at the Nundah Oval. I remember you building a TV receiver in aunt Nancy's laundry? I think Judy's Stephen was doing the Lawrence family? I've done the Lynch's tree.
        A couple of months ago, I enjoyed a morning tea with your sister Jenny & two other lost cousins. When I get your email address, I'll send you a photo. I just found out that Brian has gone into an age care home. When I was in the railway, I was Brian's fireman on a few occasions, many years back. I would love to hear from you. Kindest regards, Rob Pratt Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

      • Suzanne Lawrence 1 year ago

        I'm married to James Lawrence whose father is frederick Lawrence who lived at Cherhill Station Aramac. Cherhill Station has been sold and James and I still live in Aramac.

      • Doree Hartley 1 year ago

        My grandfather was Frederick Lawrence of Cherhill Station, he was a brother of Cecil, Bert & Jack. The property was passed on to his sons Frederick & Stan but has since been sold. Stan is still alive, he is 92 and lives just outside Rockhampton with my brother, Frank. My other brother Jim is the only Lawrence still living in the district.
        Doree Hartley Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

  • carmel rowell 3 years ago

    My great grandfathers brother William Alexander was unmarried and employed as a shearer. He passed away at Politic Paddock on 17th August 1912 and the inquest appears to indicate suicide. William was born in 1854 and when his mother died after arriving in Moreton Bay he was admitted to the Diamantina Orphanage in Brisbane. He was discharged to work for a Mrs Ferguson in South Brisbane but the date is unknown. Nothing more is know about him except that Louis Phillips, Licensee of the Aramac Hotel says he knew William for 30 years, so apparently he worked in the district for that time. Any information would be greatly appreciated
    Carmel

  • brenda bennett 3 years ago

    I was born at Barcaldine, my parents Ray and Barbara Talbot owned Barcoorah station north of Aramac 1964-1980. My sister Karon rests in the Aramac cemetery..... I am researching this chapter of our lives, if anyone has any information I would greatly appreciate.
    Brenda

    • linden 3 years ago

      Hi Brenda, the name Talbot certainly rings a bell, though I'm not sure why. I'll do a bit of digging but in the meantime I hope someone else is able to help.
      Cheers, Linden

    • Vere Storch (née Dickson) 2 years ago

      Hello Brenda,
      Your parents Barb and Ray lived on the property next to my home Coorabah, and they used to visit Our place nearly every Sunday or would say them through the week My brother Michael was there with your dad on the day that Karen who walked in your father's footsteps everywhere was accidentally burnt very badly Your father always blames him self for the accident and never ever got over the death of his special little daughter It broke his heart and the spirit and it wasn't long after that he sold up and returned to Broken Hill My family lost contact with him and your mum but we always remembered special days spent together playing tennis and and having lunch most Sundays .
      After I got married in 1969 and moved to Mount Isa I did not see much of your parents again my brother remained on Coorabah. after my parents passed away had a lot to do with him till he left to return to Broken Hill We lost my brother in 2002 at the age of 58 and now there is only my sister who is 75 and myself left in the family Maybe you may remember Donna as you were only little and it is a long time ago My email is Enable JavaScript to view protected content.. Your aunt Maxine came up to live at Barcoorah for some time.

  • Gary 3 years ago

    The old Gray Rock hotel is now a private residence in town

    • linden 3 years ago

      Thanks Gary, good to know. Cheers, Linden

  • David Pope 3 years ago

    I am trying to find any information regarding my fathers family and/or his life in Aramac.
    He was born Blair Athol 1904, family lived in Aramac, dad left his home approx, 1912. He had 7 brothers/sisters. Worked on cattle stations in the area, married at Clermont 1928. The family are unaware of our fathers life between those years.
    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

  • David Pope 3 years ago

    It was remiss of me not to include my fathers name in my previous comment.
    My fathers name was William, son of Frederick and Wilhelmina.
    He left home approx. 1916 when 12 years of age. From "others" comments dad was an excellent horseman in the region working on cattle stations.
    Any provision of knowledge of our fathers activities from the Aramac region would be most greatly appreciated, thank you

    • linden 3 years ago

      Hi David, Did William have a middle name? Who did he marry in Clermont? Cheers, Linden

      • David Pope 3 years ago

        Hi Linden and thank you for your reply.
        Dad didn't have a middle name.
        He married our mother Jane (known as Jean) Hume Somerville 15.09.1928.
        A little more to dads story, is that he and a sister were to be fostered out due to our grandmother leaving our grandfather with 8 children and dad ran away at 12 years of age.
        The surviving children (6 of us) of William and Jane have no knowledge of where or what dad did between 1904 (born) and 1916 (leaving home) and 1916-1928. Being people of that era, they didn't share too much with us.
        I was hoping there may be some archival information somewhere perhaps of employ or news of that time.
        All we are aware of is dad gained a reputation as an excellent horseman and a boxing champion.
        I am planning a road trip next year to visit Aramac and other areas.
        Mum and dad were transferred to WA in approx. 1936 as dad was a gold miner by then.

        thank you again Linden, we hope something comes out of the information provided.

        • linden 3 years ago

          Hi David, thanks for the extra detail; hopefully it'll be read by an Aramac local who'll be able to assist. Have you tried the newspaper archives at NLA (http://trove.nla.gov.au)? They'll certainly give you background information related to the period. Cheers, Linden

          • David Pope 3 years ago

            Thank you for your help Linden, I haven't tried that site but will now.
            cheers

  • Desley 2 years ago

    Hi
    I am trying to track down family , of course, my great grandparents were Jim and Emily Dickson from the Aramac area Indigenous family and I was wondering if anyone knew of this family.

  • Christine 2 years ago

    Hi, I read History of Aramac, QLD page 3. Wondering if anyone has info on how John Dickson (butcher) got reputation of being ""the wildest man to ever set foot in Aramac?" I think he is my ggg-grandfather.

  • Cam SMYTH 2 years ago

    I worked with Paul Dickson at Fairbairn Dam Emerald in the early 1970s. He was a fitter/mechanic with the then Irrigation and Water Supply Commission. He used to drive to Aramac for weekends on a regular basis. Haven't seen him for years

  • Pauline palmer (hopes) 2 years ago

    Hi Linden. Are you Linden (dredge)? My dad worked on the railway as ganger for a few years from around 1961 for a couple of years then on the council. Loved reading this. Dad was Kevin Hopes.

    • linden 2 years ago

      Hi Pauline, glad you enjoyed it! Cheers, Linden

  • Tony mitchell 2 years ago

    My father & his brother Lou & George mitchell had a fransport business in aramac for 30 years sold out in 1959 & brought glentor downs hughenden

    • Jacqueline WALLER 1 year ago

      I was born in Hughenden and my parents Jack and Gwendoline Schulz owned Glentor Downs . They would have sold this property to your father and uncle . Do they still own it . My siblings and I are going on a journey back in 2018 and would love to visit Glentor where 3 of us slings lived.
      Is there an email address or contact.

  • Karen Courtney 2 years ago

    Hi Linden, I've really enjoyed reading about Aramac, the town where my mother was born and her family lived for a while. I'm looking for help from anyone with information on the Lynch family who may have adopted and raised my grandmother as their own. Her name was Agnes Patricia Lynch before she married my grandfather, George Brown and they lived in Aramac. I know nothing of her parents and little of her adopted family. She had a sister Eileen, who married Roy Winters and two other sisters, known only to my mother as Connie and Mary. Thank you

    • Linden 2 years ago

      Hi Karen, Glad you enjoyed it and best of luck in your search.
      Cheers, Linden

  • Adam Hammond 1 year ago

    My grandmother grew up on a sheep station in Aramac, and I was wondering if any of the Currie (Think this is the correct spelling) family still existed there? Her name was 'Vera Maude', and was affectionately known as 'Bebe'.

    When I was very young I stayed out on the property that was towards Barcaldine, and still remember nights out at the Aramac open air cinema. Thank you.

  • Lorraine Wearmouth 12 months ago

    I was brought up in aramac 2 of my brothers married one a niece of the bain family and the other married into the hallam family the family home still stand in gordon street i belive there is a book called roll back the summers about aramac histroy

    • Linden 12 months ago

      Hi Lorraine, "Roll Back the Summers" sounds interesting. They opened the new Matilda museum/centre in Winton last week so they may have it there. Since the old Matilda Centre burnt down I've often wondered whether they were able to replace all the wonderful stuff they had there. Cheers, Linden

  • Marisa Kingston 11 months ago

    Just returned from Aramac as my husbands grandfather was born there. His name was Authur Hubert Kingston. The Council out there was very genourous in giving my husband Kevin a photocopy of the writings of Len Kingston & the history of Aramac & the Kingstons. Awesome trip!!!

    • Linden 11 months ago

      Sounds great Marisa. I haven't been out there for centuries but glad to hear the council's the same - I can only reiterate your comments about their generosity and helpfulness. I might have to do another trip before too long, especially with the new Winton centre up and running. Cheers, Linden

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