White Gloves Tour to Longreach

On Saturday 31 October the John Oxley Library White Gloves Tour continued to Longreach. As the sun went down on a beautiful outback afternoon the Oxley's treasures were displayed in the charming interior of the Stockman's Hall of Fame, R.M. Williams Cottage. Adjacent to the cottage 150 locals were gathered for the latest At Our Table banquet held in the Cattlemen's Bar and Grill.

On the following Monday afternoon locals made their way to the Longreach Library where they donned the white gloves and examined the John Oxley Library materials on display. These included a range of items relating to the central west including fascinating letters from Aramac Station written in 1889, a scrapbook kept by John Howe, son of the famous shearer Jackie Howe, the first QANTAS Log Book from 1921, and Queensland's earliest known handwritten journal of recipes and remedies from 1866.

Thanks to Carmen from the Longreach Library and the hospitality and interest shown by the people of Longreach. Thankyou also to those who shared their stories and donated materials to the John Oxley Library collection during this fantastic White Gloves Tour to the Central West.

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