State Library of Queensland - Artesian basin 2010 - Out of the Port
Cattle grazing near a windmill pumping artesian water at Winton, 1986. Negative: 604-21-24
Thargomindah Power Station first hydro-electric power for street lighting by using the water pressure from the
artesian basin, ca. 1898. Negative: 39213
Artesian bore in the Barcaldine District,
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
Man bathing in the water from an artesian
bore in the Cunnamulla District, Queensland,
Noorama No. 1 Bore. Depth 1,502 ft. Yield per
24 hours 2,304,000 gallons. Temperature 110
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
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.
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
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
Drilling for artesian water.
A man poses with drilling equipment. He wears
a hat and shirt with the sleeves rolled up.
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
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
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
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
Horses watering at an artesian water dam at Hughenden, Queensland Negative: 160965
Bore on Bundaler Plains Station,
"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.
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
Mr A. Brown's well-boring plant, Longreach, ca. 1898. Negative: 18461
Artesian bore and baths in St George, Queensland. Image Number: APA-091-0001-0001
Sinking a well in the Warwick area Negative: 146524
Erecting the framework for drilling a bore, Mareeba, ca. 1914. Team of contract boreres and well
sinkers at work. Negative: 33006
Boring for water on the Hungerford Stock
Stock at the dam on Bannockburn Station, western Queensland. Artesian water in the foreground of the
photograph Negative: 160977
Water bore on Bundaleer Plains Station,
"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
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]
Bore on Bundaleer Plains Station,
'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
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.
High performance bore at Coomburra, near
Cunnamulla, ca. 1915
Image Number: APO-021-0001-0004
Mona No. 2 water bore and channel, Warrego District, ca. 1915 Image Number: APO-021-0001-0002
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
Water bore on Coongoola Station. Negative: 143538
Water bore at Charlotte Plains station, 1891 Negative: 143554
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
Charleville town bore, 1902-1904.
Depth 1371 feet. Temp. 102%. Water struck
Nov 1889. Supply 3 millions daily. Pressure
95 square inch. 120 feet'
Sinking an artesian bore in the Boulia District, ca. 1938. Work on Ardmore Station to sink a bore.
Bore at the Blackall Woolscour, Queensland, 1906. Water gushing from the pipes of the bore at the Blackall
Woolscour, 1906. Negative: 57474
Visitors to the Muckadilla Bore, Queensland. There was a hotel and cottages at Muckadilla. It became famous
for its curative hot springs. Negative: 00000
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
Image Number: bar00080
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
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.)
Construction of a bore on Ardmore Station
in the Boulia District, ca. 1938.
Southern Cross no.2 Bore on Ardmore Station.
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
Three men watching the bore pump at work, Winton. Possibly Elderslie bore, 40 miles towards the
Diamantina Negative: 50456
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
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.
Wilkes and Laycocks at the Muckadilla Bore,
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
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
Men working on the Clifton Trust bore in the Warrego District, ca. 1915
Image Number: APO-021-0001-0001
Helidon Spa bore. Mineral water springs in the area north east of Ipswich around Helidon.
Image Number: APE-055-0001-0001
Water bore at Bicton Station. Negative: 143570
Government bore in Normanton, 1904 Negative: 47319
Official opening of the Quilpie town bore, 1933. Negative: 50129
Adavale Bore in Queensland, ca. 1928 Negative: 119375
Milo Bore at Angellala Downs, Rolling Downs, 1916 Image Number: API-098-01-0013
Camels used to dig bore drains, ca. 1937 Negative: 67525
Construction of a bore at an identified
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
Artesian bore on Charlotte Plans station, Cunnamulla district Negative: 58001
Three men at the water bore at Amby Downs Station, Mitchell District, 1928. Negative: 203479
Captain Rhodes and the Governor, Sir John
Lavarack looking at bore water pipeline, ca.
Image Number: 7571-0001-0185
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
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.
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
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
The last Artesian festival was held in 1997.