PHOTOS:
About the photographs - 

With the exception of a few archival photographs acquired from John Oxley Library and Queensland Railway Archives, most of the photographs below were taken circa 1992-1994 by the author and Desley Collins while reconnoitring the Maranoa, Dawson, Macintyre, Gwydir, Liverpool Plains and Upper Hunter Districts. The majority are landscapes of significant historical sites. Robert Bagot’s 1851 map of Surat was included to assist with locating sites at Surat. Each photograph is relevant to some aspect of 'Goodbye Bussamarai'. Accordingly, they have been arranged in the chronological sequence that they illustrate. Click each photo for a larger view and description.

The author has hundreds of related photographs on file. Please direct any queries to the author. Photos © Patrick Collins.

Len Payne
Len Payne

The late Len Payne: Myall Creek historian, holding a hinge from the stockyard gate on Myall Creek Station, 1838.

Myall Creek Station, Gwydir District
Myall Creek Station, Gwydir District

Present homestead. The massacre on Dangar's old Myall Creek was to the right.

TL Mitchell's Camp 22
TL Mitchell's Camp 22

On Muckadilla Creek, 1846. Five Mt Abundance stockmen & teamsters were killed near here in 1849.

Mt Abundance
Mt Abundance

From near MacPherson's Muckadilla Creek homestead. TL Mitchell's Camp 24, 1846, was to the left (east).

Sign
Sign

This sign is 1 Kilometre north of Camp 22.

Old Bindango Station 1866
Old Bindango Station 1866

North of Muckadilla. TL Mitchell was accosted by Indigenous people near here in 1846.

Condamine bell
Condamine bell

At Condamine near old Tiereyboo

Boobera Lagoon
Boobera Lagoon

Between Goondiwindi and Boomi

Sir TL Mitchell's Camp
Sir TL Mitchell's Camp

Representation east bank Maranoa R, north of Mitchelton

Map
Map

Map based on Robert Bagot's 1851 Map. Not to scale.

Tom Hall's "Yamboucal" head station
Tom Hall's "Yamboucal" head station

Site of Tom Hall's "Yamboucal" head station, 1847-1857, adjacent to Surat. See Bagot's map of Surat, 1851.

Balonne River
Balonne River

Balonne River behind old Yamoucal head station hut.

Water-pumping Station Surat
Water-pumping Station Surat

Water-pumping Station Surat: on site of Land Commissioner's Headquarters. Known as "Yalculba" or "Yalgulba," 1849-50.

Eaglehawk's "Opera", 1850
Eaglehawk's "Opera", 1850

Likely site of Eaglehawk's "Opera", 1850, and the Yamboucal massacre May 1852. Bounded by the west bank of Bundara Creek and the south bank of the Balonne.

On Moonie River.
On Moonie River.

William Ogilvie territory circa 1848.

Leichhardt passed through here.
Leichhardt passed through here.

Leichhardt passed between the 2 peaks of Mt Abundance.

Little Muckadilla Creek.
Little Muckadilla Creek.

Leichhardt was last seen near here.

Blyth Creek beside Roma-Surat Road
Blyth Creek beside Roma-Surat Road

View towards Blyth Creek beside Roma-Surat Road. J.A. Blyth attacked here 1848.

Yalebone Creek
Yalebone Creek

Yalebone Creek near Hely's Camp May 1852

Back Creek
Back Creek

Back Creek near junction with the Yalebone. Paddy McEnroe's last Ukabulla hut was near here Ca 1852-56.

Balonne River
Balonne River

Balonne River near Warroo Station

West from Drilham-Wallan Creek Rd
West from Drilham-Wallan Creek Rd

West from Drilham-Wallan Creek Rd, north of Wallan Creek. Part of Dangar and Ferrett's old Wallan Station.

Wondai Gumbal Native Police Barracks
Wondai Gumbal Native Police Barracks

Wondai Gumbal Native Police Barrack's site 1851-59, Tchanning & Barrack's Creek junction.

Tchanning Ck
Tchanning Ck

Tchanning Ck adjacent to Wondai Gumbal Barrack's site.

Barrack's Creek
Barrack's Creek

Barrack's Creek crossing on current forestry road beside Tchanning Creek.

Back Creek
Back Creek

Back Creek near junction with the Yalebone. Paddy McEnroe's last Ukabulla hut was near here Ca 1852-56.

Tchanning Creek ponds
Tchanning Creek ponds

Tchanning Creek ponds near Barrack's Creek junction, beside Wondai Gumbal.

Old Hornet Bank Station
Old Hornet Bank Station

Old Hornet Bank Station, Dawson River. Site of the 1857 Hornet Bank massacre.

Desley Collins
Desley Collins

Desley Collins searching for artifacts.

Jiman memorial
Jiman memorial

Jiman memorial to Bilba at Wallumbilla.

Mt Abundance Station
Mt Abundance Station

Mt Abundance Station Complex circa 1875.

Mt Abundance Homestead
Mt Abundance Homestead

Mt Abundance Homestead beside Bungeworgorai Creek circa 1875. Contact Mr D Tite "Meadowbank" via Roma to visit. Built after Allan MacPherson and probably after the Spencers departed.

Grafton Range
Grafton Range

Grafton Range to north from Roma-Surat Road

Muckadilla Pub
Muckadilla Pub

This tank on the top right is above the town bore. Mitch Collins' Muckadilla Pub 1993, on old Mt Abundance Station. He rebuilt it in 1991.'Goodbye Bussamarai' started here.

Donna & Bobbi Spence, Mike & Mitch
Donna & Bobbi Spence, Mike & Mitch

Donna & Bobbi Spence, Mike & Mitch Collins, 1990. Taken before Mitch rebuilt the pub.

Mitch, Donna  & Patrick
Mitch, Donna & Patrick

Mitch Collins, Donna Spence & Patrick Collins, 1992.