Scrub Clearing on Mary River, with Ferry. Queensland, Australia ca. 1870sBy Remembering the Past Australia / August 16, 2020 / Australia / 0 Comments
Mary River, Queensland, Australia
This image is part of the Colonial Office photographic collection held at The National Archives UK.
The Mary River is a major river system located in the South East and Wide Bay–Burnett regions of Queensland, Australia.
The Mary River was used for rafting timber during the early years of European land settlement in Queensland particularly after the discovery of gold at Gympie in 1867 brought an inflow of miners and pastoralists. Alluvial flats along the Mary River and some of its tributaries were used for cropping, and there was small-time dairying in the 1880s.
During the late 1860s, very good gold surfacing was found in the scrub along the river and large patches were cleared in search of reefs.
Showing scrub clearing on Mary River, ferry crossing the river. Queensland, Australia. Original photo taken ca 1870s.
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