Hughenden – a Flinders Historical photographic project

While searching Trove (NLA) for content I stumbled across the Flinders Shire Historical Photographic Project

The project involved the Hughenden District Historical Society, the community and Flinders Shire Council working together to assemble a collection of more than 1,000 images showcasing the district, early settlement, people, industry, businesses, buildings and events. Sponsored by a Regional Arts Development grant, the funding enabled project research and detailed descriptions,  verifying the contents of each image were accurate.

Members of the Elliott family drive across the 5 mile grid on Muttaburra Road, Hughenden c 1900 -1920

The result is a magnificent collection of early images of Hughenden and district assembled in the one place able to searched by theme, tag or decade.

Families gather together during the Shearers strike of 1891, near Hughenden

Even the families of the Shearers Strike of 1891 are represented in the collection, but what is particularly poignant is the image of the tree blaze marking the location of the Shearers camp somewhere on the banks of the Flinders River, Hughenden. The tree was destroyed in a fire in 1944.

The digital images are truly worth sharing! State Library of Queensland has a collection of more than 1.5 million images in the John Oxley with approximately 70,000 of them digitised for wider access, including 200 or more images of Hughenden and district.

Anne Scheu - Collections Engagement, State Library of Queensland


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I have come across a photo from Hughenden - A pictorial Journey of Members of the Elliott family drive across the 5 mile grid on Muttaburra Road, Hughenden. My great grandfather James Elliott and my great grandmother Mary lived in Hughenden from 1880 and was wondering if this photo was on them.Jenny Ramsay

Hi Jenny,I encourage you to contact the Flinders Shire Public Library. The collection of photos are part of the Local Studies collection. Librarian :- Tracey Edwards - or Ph: 07 47412976

Hello, my grandparents John Slater Pratt (1869-1933) & Mary (Pollie) Dickinson/Wilson (1872-1933) were married in Hughenden on the 7th November 1899. Mary (Pollie) was the step-daughter of William Wilson who emigrated to Townsville from England in 1886. Mary's mother Martha Wilson (1846-1921) & son John William Wilson (1881-1909) are buried in the Hughenden cemetery. But where is William Wilson?