Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Barcaldine Takes First Rank among the Western Towns

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Barcaldine Takes First Rank among the Western Towns

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This is the latest instalment in our 1917 historical feature where we look back at the stories, people and events that shaped our region from the 1917 editions of The Morning Bulletin.


We were late running into Barcaldine, a town of which the residents are justly proud. What a contrast to the terrible sand heap the place was in its earlier days and into the nineties, when the wagons, laden with the gold fleece, used to go down almost to the axles in sand in the main street.

The discovery of artesian water was of vital importance to Barcaldine. The residents went in for gardens and much tree planting was indulged in. Then the council started to improve the roads and footpaths. Couch grass grew vigorously and covered the sand. The town has spread very much, and it is firmly established.

In so far as public utilities are concerned, Barcaldine takes first rank among the western towns. It has had baths for some years, and the electric light has been installed. The bore water has medicinal properties. A proposal to extend this installation was at first rejected, but later on the residents saw the error of their ways and agreed to the proposal to borrow a further sum of money to carry out the extension. In the Central West the benefit to be derived from an electric installation cannot be overestimated, particularly in the summer time. When the new scheme is complete, and the town is lighted at night, as it used to be, it will be quite modern in its aspect.

One of the sights of Barcaldine is the elevated water tower into which the water is pumped from the bore and from which it gravitates all over the town. Another is the fine town hall, with its trim little park and garden. Many people have settled in Barcaldine on account of its residential advantages, due to the fact that it is possible to have a nice garden. Barcaldine is like an oasis in the desert, so green and fresh does the town appear, and I might add, to complete the analogy, that date palms grow and bear prolifically. …

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