Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Industry Brings Many Opportunities; Settlers Contribute to Wealth of the Ipswich Region

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Industry Brings Many Opportunities; Settlers Contribute to Wealth of the Ipswich Region

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BERYL JOHNSTON

REDBANK - HISTORIC LANDMARK

ON DECEMBER 12, 1860, the firm of John Campbell, son and "Another" of Redbank, notified stockholders that "having secured the steaming plant lately in the occupation of Joseph Fleming, they will be prepared during the ensuing season to boil down stock at the rate of 150 head of cattle or 1000 sheep daily (Sunday excepted)".

It further notifies the boiling would be under personal supervision of Mr Campbell. It may be of interest here to give the charges made - boiling cattle 5 shillings and sixpence each, drying and curing, binding and tanning hides 1 shilling and 1 penny, drying and binding skins 1 penny each, cask to cover tallow at 50 shillings a ton.

The "Another" in the firm was captain Robert (Bobby) Towns who, for a while, was one of Australia's most energetic colonists. His connection with the Campbells gave a great impetus to the various industries then being carried on at Redbank.

In the early part of the 1860s, Redbank was the principal coaling centre for the steamers plying on the river between Brisbane and Ipswich - namely the Breadalbane, Black Diamond and Redbank.

The Redbank coal mine afforded much work for miners and there were also sawmills in the area.

Messrs Campbell & Co introduced the system of free education in Queensland by paying the teachers' salary.

The original Redbank Inn was licensed to Michael Hanrahan on March 20, 1864.

In the following year, it was offered for sale by William Hendren who said the hotel was situated on the Brisbane Rd close to Messrs Campbell's coal mine, consisting of 221/2 acres, it was securely enclosed with a three-railed fence.

By September 1865, the hotel was in the hands of William Simpson and this family occupied it for more than 42 years. …

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