Queensland places - Proston
By JOL Admin | 28 August 2017
Two small collections that have recently gone live on SLQ’s One Search catalogue shed light on the early days of the town of Proston in Queensland’s South Burnett region. Acc 6605 Burns Family Photographs of Proston District contains 16 images from the 1930s and Acc 6608 Proston Photographs contains some earlier images from 1923-1924.
Located approximately around 280 km by road north-west of Brisbane, Proston has its origins in 1910 as English settlers made their way to the area via a land ballot. In the following decade a railway construction camp was established in Proston to work on a new branch line. A school opened in 1917 and once the railway line was completed to Murgon in 1923 the town grew quickly. Cattleyards were built next to the station and a community hall and a hotel soon followed.
Shops fronting Rodney Street, Proston, with the newly completed railway line in the foreground, 1923. From Acc 6608 Proston Photographs. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image: 6608-0001-0001
By the 1930s the region had become one of the most productive dairy areas in Queensland. 1934 saw the South Burnett Dairy Co-operative Butter Factory built in Proston to assist the busy factory at nearby Murgon. The new butter factory contributed to further growth in the town.
Delivery truck of Mondarga Farmer's Association outside Butter factory, Proston,ca. 1935. From Acc 6605 Burns Family Photographs of Proston District. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image: 6605-0001-0015
In the following years an electricity-generation company, a cinema, a hospital, a sawmill, a cash and carry store, a hairdresser, a baker and several tradespeople were established in Proston.
Businesses of Levitt & Smith Premier Butchers and Kewpie Pictures at Proston, ca. 1935. From Acc 6605 Burns Family Photographs of Proston District. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image: 6605-0001-0003
These two collections can be viewed in full on State Library of Queensland's One Search catalogue.
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