According to local historian Rae McGreevy recording of indigenous history of the Crows Nest area is ‘sketchy or almost non-existent’. Local groups may have been the Jarowair, Garumga and Dalla. For his brief modern history of Crows Nest see the link in this website to ‘History of Crows Nest’.
As far as we can tell, the property was originally part of a selection of land under the Roberston Land Act 1861. The Act was intended to encourage close settlement based on agriculture. It provided a free selection of land before survey in units of between 40 and 320 acres. The price of land was £1 per acre requiring a deposit of 25% to be paid at the time of selection. The balance could be paid at will. Interest was charged each year. Freehold was granted when all moneys were paid in full. Other conditions included that the selector had to live on the holding and make improvements, such as fencing and clearing. While 40 acres may have been an adequate farm to provide a living for a family in England, it was inadequate in this part of Australia. The property was run as part of a 240 acre dairy farm.
The dairy farm was subdivided in 1978 into 6 blocks. The block was purchased in 1980 by an investment trust for $15,000. It was left vacant, except for agistment of horses from next door.
And we are now lucky enough to be its carers.
We have come across a number of interesting local history sources:
- Warrior by Libby Connors (we have a copy)
- One Hour More Daylight: A Historical Overview of Aboriginal Dispossession in Southern and Southwest Queensland
- From Tall Timbers … A Folk History of Crow’s Nest Shire to 1988 (we have a copy)
- Beyond Tall Timbers 1988-2008 (we have a copy)
- Ravensbourne Then & Now (Beck has a copy)
- Munro’s Hampton Tramway (Beck has a copy)
- Squatters of the Eastern Darling Downs (available from Toowoomba and Daring Downs Family History Society)
They Came They Stayed (link attached under History)