Stonehouse Museum, Boulia
Boulia Stone House is a heritage-listed detached house at Pituri Street, Boulia, Shire of Boulia, Queensland, Australia. It was built circa 1880s to 1890s. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.Put Stonehouse Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Boulia trip planner .
It is local tradition that the building was constructed in the mid 1880s for one of three possible uses. It may have been constructed by Ernest Eglington, Police Magistrate, as temporary accommodation for the Police Magistrate and Court House; by James Edward Jones as a store for Burnell and Jones, Merchants and Storekeepers; or as a private dwelling for Jones.
By the mid 1870s settlement had spread throughout north and west Queensland. Although wool and sheep prices improved in the early 1870s other problems, such as isolation, high carriage rates, shortage of labour and distances from markets remained serious. However, by 1873 capital for improvements became available from southern investors which led to a greater consolidation of the pastoral industry particularly in Western Queensland.
By 1877 a small settlement had been established on the bank of the Burke River. A community of tents sprang up around a store established by Ernest Henry, probably in the vicinity of a former carriers camp on the Boulia Waterhole. By 1879 a town reserve had been proclaimed. This reserve, of 1,280 acres, was resumed from the Bulla Bulla No.2 and No.4 Runs.
The town developed slowly although a mail run to Cloncurry started fairly quickly. The town was surveyed in 1882 by Government Surveyor Hartnell and the first land sales took place in 1883. Government facilities were established soon after. In 1883 a clerk of petty sessions was appointed and a telegraph station constructed in 1884.
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A really well displayed and thought out centre in the outback.What a surprise to find something like this out here. The old stone house is just a part of the complex. Loved the relics of bygone times.... more »
so many different aspects on show lots of old stuff that is well documented and presented Old Home and cellar Sea animals and fossils Check out the combo tour price more »
More great fossils, well presented.
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