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Welford Homestead

Welford Homestead, Jundah

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Welford Homestead (2005); Heritage Branch staff

Welford Homestead (2005)

Welford Homestead (2005); Heritage Branch staff

Welford Homestead (2005)

Welford Homestead (2005); Heritage Branch staff

Welford Homestead (2005)

Welford Homestead, within Welford National Park, is a rare surviving example of a pisé, or rammed earth, structure built sometime between 1875 and 1881. The homestead yards comprise a workshop, office, shower block, fuel store, cottage, pool, tennis court, meat house, water tanks and school house, with shearing sheds, and a sheep dip. The property exemplifies the development of the Mitchell pastoral district; explored by Sir Thomas Mitchell during 1846. European settlement along the Barcoo River began in the early 1860s. In 1871, Richard Welford took up a number of contiguous properties, known as Walton Station. Welford and a stockman were killed by Aboriginals in April 1872. His leases and 290 head of cattle were purchased by Thomas and Charles Rome. They renamed the property Welford Downs, built the homestead and expanded their sheep flocks. By the 1880s, the Mitchell district provided pasture for 50% of Queensland’s sheep. In 1893, Welford Downs’s 46 grazing runs were consolidated into one 326,000ha property. A century later, it was declared a national park; featuring ghost gums, spinifex and wild flowers, surrounded by wind-blown sand dunes. The homestead is now the park ranger’s residence. Visitors can enjoy camping, canoeing, birdwatching, walking, fishing and photography.

Coordinates: -24.96584503, 143.48889355

Full details of this heritage-registered place are in the Heritage register.

Licence
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Last updated
31 August 2016
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