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State Library of Queensland - Artesian basin 2010 - Out of the Port

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Photographic display of Artesian Basin from the Out of the Port. talks.

Photographic display of Artesian Basin from the Out of the Port. talks.

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  • Cool photo!!! Folks don't often realize that Australia has more Buffalo Pitts traction engines left than 'The States' where they were built!!! You can blame two things for that: 1) WWII scrap-metal drives when the natural resources needed to fight WWII were in short supply and the US government called upon 'The Yanks' to find every piece of scrap metal they could find and turn it in at 'Scrap Drives' and 2) the gasoline-engined tractor which was sooo much more convenient & possibly cheaper to use than the steam-powered tractor. Thankfully, folks 'Down Under' fully appreciate the history of these fine machines and rebuild and restore them for display at 'Steam Shows.' International Harvester (a.k.a. IH, Farmall et al) was the exporter for Buffalo Pitts 100 +years ago and was responsible for many of these machines being into Australia. You can learn more about Buffalo Pitts at www.BuffaloPitts.com. Again, great photo!!!
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  • 2. Cattle grazing near a windmill pumping artesian water at Winton, 1986 . Negative: 604-21-24
  • 3. Thargomindah Power Station first hydro-electric power for street lighting by using the water pressure from the artesian basin, ca. 1898. Negative: 39213
  • 4. Artesian bore in the Barcaldine District, Queensland, ca. Richardson's Farm. Altitude above sea level 871 ft. Depth 746 ft. Yield per 24 hours 1,000,000 gallons. Pressure per square inch 35 lb. Temperature 98 degrees Fah. 1894 Negative: 109159
  • 5. Man bathing in the water from an artesian bore in the Cunnamulla District, Queensland, ca. 1894. Noorama No. 1 Bore. Depth 1,502 ft. Yield per 24 hours 2,304,000 gallons. Temperature 110 degrees Fah. Negative: 6971
  • 6. Artesian bore drilling plant in Queensland, 1900. Image shows a horse team pulling a wagon which contains bore drilling equipment. The sign on the wagon says 'Houston's Artesian Well Boring Plant'. Negative: 98399
  • 7. Artesian bore at Barcaldine, Queensland, ca. 1905. Water bore and incubator. Eggs are placed in the box and kept at an even temperature by the warmth of the artesian water flowing through the tank above. Negative: 171284
  • 8. Artesian bore in the Cunnamulla District, Queensland, ca. 1925. A man and two girls pose with a flowing artesian bore in the Cunnamulla District, around 1925. The girls, wearing hats, stand ankle deep in the water around the bore. An irrigation channel is visible in the background. Negative: 48489
  • 9. Drilling an artesian bore on Afton Downs Station, Hughenden District , ca. 1891. Image shows a group of men in front of the Afton Downs Bore No. 3 which had a depth of 2700 feet. The sign attached to the drilling plant says 'Welcome Lord Hopetun. This is Canada's assistance in advancing Australia - Queensland Boring Coy' A dog appears in the foreground. Negative: 94892
  • 10. Drilling for artesian water. A man poses with drilling equipment. He wears a hat and shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Negative: 52870
  • 11. Artesian bore at Blackall, Queensland, ca. 1908. Inscribed on original: 'The Bore Stream, Blackall' Image shows the curving irrigation channel in the foreground. Buildings and trees appear in the background. A man surveys the scene. Negative: 89934
  • 12. Artesian bore at Muttaburra, Queensland in 1906 . Two boys perch on top of a flowing bore head at Muttaburra in 1906. More boys with a cart and billy goat team face the camera. Negative: 23559
  • 13. Artesian bore at Charleville, ca. 1906. Artesian bore at Charleville where children are playing and standing in the water overflow around what appears to be a corrugated iron pump shed. The first artesian bore is believed to have been sunk between June and September, 1889 to a depth of 1,371 feet by W. Woodley (Information taken from: J. T. Finn, Charleville centenary celebrations, November 1947 : souvenir booklet, 1947). Negative: 1710
  • 14. Artesian mineral water baths, Barcaldine, Queensland, ca. 1907 The artesian water was reputed to cure sore eyes, fevers and even paralysis, and attracted many visitors for its curative powers. The water in the pool was replaced twice a week with the old water being piped across to Oak Street and then into Lagoon Creek Negative: bar00011
  • 15. Horses watering at an artesian water dam at Hughenden, Queensland Negative: 160965
  • 16. Bore on Bundaler Plains Station, Queensland, 1907 . "Bundaleer No. 15 (1907); 1594 feet deep; 111 degrees F., 52,100 g.p.d." (Description supplied with photograph) This image shows water from an artesian bore flowing into a surface drain. Negative:143518
  • 17. Apparatus for separating natural gas from artesian water at the Roma Gas Works, Queensland, ca. 1906. Men demonstrating the apparatus for separating natural gas from artesian water at the Roma Gas Works, around 1906. The purpose of the facility was to reticulate the natural petroleum gas to Roma town. The exercise was a failure, as the gas ceased to flow after less than a fortnight's production. Negative: 39114
  • 18. Mr A. Brown's well-boring plant, Longreach, ca. 1898 . Negative: 18461
  • 19. Artesian bore and baths in St George, Queensland . Image Number: APA-091-0001-0001
  • 20. Sinking a well in the Warwick area Negative: 146524
  • 21. Erecting the framework for drilling a bore, Mareeba, ca. 1914 . Team of contract boreres and well sinkers at work. Negative: 33006
  • 22. Boring for water on the Hungerford Stock Route, Queensland . Negative: 182038
  • 23. Stock at the dam on Bannockburn Station, western Queensland . Artesian water in the foreground of the photograph Negative: 160977
  • 24. Water bore on Bundaleer Plains Station, Queensland, 1890 . "Bundaleer No. 6 (1890); 1612 feet deep, 119 degrees F; Flow: 3/1/1896, 184,400 g.p.d.; 15/8/1912, 109,800 g.p.d." (Description supplied with photograph) This image shows water spouting from a bore on Bundaleer Plains Station. Negative: 143517
  • 25. Pressure test gauge at Bundilla No.2, Bundilla Station. Image of a presurre testing valve, perhaps used for Artesian bores, at Bundilla Station Negative: [not available]
  • 26. Bore on Bundaleer Plains Station, Queensland, 1891 . 'Bundaleer No. 5 (1891); 1862 feet deep, 116 degrees F; 3-1-1896, 296,900 g.p.d.; 14-8-1912, 126,100 g.p.d.; -10-1914, 122,000 g.p.d.' This image depicts two men on the timber structure of the bore, with water spouting from adjacent pipes. Negative: 143519
  • 27. Train outside the Blackall Proprietary Wool Scouring Co., 1908 . Group of people gathered near a train outside the Blackall Proprietary Wool Scouring Co., in 1908. The wool scouring building is a large corrugated iron shed with a number of push out openings for windows and doors. An artesian bore is flowing into a dam in the foreground. Negative: 12844
  • 28. High performance bore at Coomburra, near Cunnamulla, ca. 1915 Image Number: APO-021-0001-0004
  • 29. Mona No. 2 water bore and channel, Warrego District, ca. 1915 Image Number: APO-021-0001-0002
  • 30. Bathing at the Winton bore pool, 1947. The bore pool at Winton where all the dry season bathing is done. Water at 280 Fahrenheit is piped through the pool to cool it before pumping it to the town. The water is smelly and has soda in it, but is very good for tea. Negative: 200127
  • 31. Woodlands Bore Negative: 143548
  • 32. Water bore on Coongoola Station . Negative: 143538
  • 33. Water bore at Charlotte Plains station, 1891 Negative: 143554
  • 34. Town bore at Normanton, Queensland in 1934. Image shows an artesian bore in Normanton in 1934. Several men observe the bore head and controlling gear. Negative: 158386
  • 35. Charleville town bore, 1902-1904 . Depth 1371 feet. Temp. 102%. Water struck Nov 1889. Supply 3 millions daily. Pressure 95 square inch. 120 feet' Negative: 00000
  • 36. Sinking an artesian bore in the Boulia District, ca. 1938 . Work on Ardmore Station to sink a bore. Negative: 200239
  • 37. Bore at the Blackall Woolscour, Queensland, 1906 . Water gushing from the pipes of the bore at the Blackall Woolscour, 1906. Negative: 57474
  • 38. Visitors to the Muckadilla Bore, Queensland . There was a hotel and cottages at Muckadilla. It became famous for its curative hot springs. Negative: 00000
  • 39. Tree of Knowledge and the Back Creek bore windmill, Barcaldine, Queensland. The Tree of Knowledge is a ghost gum growing in Oak Street in Barcaldine. It was the original meeting place for the Shearers' Strike in 1891. The windmill in the background marks the Back Creek bore which was the first free-flowing bore in Barcaldine. Image Number: bar00080
  • 40. Traction engine and portable bore drilling plant. Buffalo Pitts traction engine is towing a portable bore drilling machine. The driver is about to climb into the engine. Negative: 146517
  • 41. Cock valve on a bore at Ularunda Station, 1911 . Water bore and stop valve at Ularunda (No.11.). Bore was 693 feet deep, pressure regulated with a ball 7 cock valve to troughing. (Description supplied with photograph.) Negative: 143555
  • 42. Construction of a bore on Ardmore Station in the Boulia District, ca. 1938. Southern Cross no.2 Bore on Ardmore Station. Negative: 186331
  • 43. Artesian bore in Normanton, ca. 1953 . The cooling tank for an artesian bore in Normanton, the water went from the cooling tank to a swimming pool. Negative: 119757
  • 44. Three men watching the bore pump at work, Winton . Possibly Elderslie bore, 40 miles towards the Diamantina Negative: 50456
  • 45. Artesian bore on Mount Alfred station, Wyandra district, 1910 . This bore was 2253 feet deep; 138 degrees fahrenheit; 746,200 g.p.d. Negative: 18735
  • 46. Zephyr windmill on a bore at Cambooya . The Zephyr windmill measures 14 feet across the fan area and is on Knapp's Bore at Cambooya. There is a galvanised iron water tank beside the bore and a farm worker is watching the pump function. Negative: 199511
  • 47. Wilkes and Laycocks at the Muckadilla Bore, Queensland, 1922. Negative: 64162
  • 48. Sinking an artesian bore on Saxby Downs Station, Queensland, ca. 1893 . A drilling plant with portable engine at Saxby Downs, No. 2 bore. Two workmen stand with the equipment. Negative: 109738
  • 49. Winton swimming pool, ca. 1947 . Children in the Bore Pool at Winton, where the almost boiling water is cooled by piping it through the pool. Tea can be brewed direct from the tap, which is 280 degrees Fahrenheit. (description supplied with photograph). Negative: 200128
  • 50. Men working on the Clifton Trust bore in the Warrego District, ca. 1915 Image Number: APO-021-0001-0001
  • 51. Helidon Spa bore . Mineral water springs in the area north east of Ipswich around Helidon. Image Number: APE-055-0001-0001
  • 52. Water bore at Bicton Station . Negative: 143570
  • 53. Government bore in Normanton, 1904 Negative: 47319
  • 54. Drain falls, Bundilla bore . Negative: 143573
  • 55. Official opening of the Quilpie town bore, 1933 . Negative: 50129
  • 56. Adavale Bore in Queensland, ca. 1928 Negative: 119375
  • 57. Milo Bore at Angellala Downs, Rolling Downs, 1916 Image Number: API-098-01-0013
  • 58. Camels used to dig bore drains, ca. 1937 Negative: 67525
  • 59. Construction of a bore at an identified location . Negative: 39521
  • 60. Woolscour with the free flowing artesian bore in the foreground, Blackall, June 2007 . This historic woolscour still has the original steam machinery in place and is believed to be the last complete operation left in Australia. Image Number: 7207-0001-0057
  • 61. Artesian bore on Charlotte Plans station, Cunnamulla district Negative: 58001
  • 62. Three men at the water bore at Amby Downs Station, Mitchell District, 1928 . Negative: 203479
  • 63. Captain Rhodes and the Governor, Sir John Lavarack looking at bore water pipeline, ca. 1952. Image Number: 7571-0001-0185
  • 64. Wool scour on Mt Morris Station, near Charleville, 1902 . Wool scour on Mt Morris Station was thirteen miles from the Head Station. The water used was from the bore. Negative: 13077
  • 65. Station children on Bindooran Station, 1961 . Station children on Bindooran Station, Gilliat. Hugh Walder, Alan Jenkin, John Walder, Mary Walder on their belly tank boat paddling on the bore drain alongside the homestead. Negative: 172189
  • 66. Billabong and bicentennial tent, Workers Heritage Centre, Barcaldine, Queensland, 1999 . The billabong is fed by an artesian bore in Ash Street. It is home to a large number of fish. The bicentennial tent contains displays and memorabilia. Image Number: bar00076
  • 67. Crowning the Artesian Festival queen, Shire Hall, Barcaldine, Queensland, 1976 . Mr. J. Bennett, O.B.E crowning Majella Lynch at the Artesian Festival Ball. The Artesian Festival began in 1976 as a celebration of Barcaldine's Artesian water. Balls, mardi gras and street parades were enjoyed by residents and former residents of Barcaldine. Back Creek Sam, a fictional character who looks like a snake, originated from the Artesian festival. The last Artesian festival was held in 1997. Negative: bar00010