Issue Details: First known date: 1936... 1936 The Story Behind a Barcoo Grave and Headstone
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An article on the short life of Richard Wellford who came to Australia in 1863. He and a friend, William Cole, travelled from Sydney to Rockhampton and then west to work on Rule and Lacey's station. The two then split up to work and later built a slab hut on their holding near the Barcoo River beside a waterhole used for fishing by the Indigenous People. Welford went droving and made friends with 'Kangaroo', a former native blacktracker, and brought him back to the station. When Welford and a stockman were murdered, Kangaroo was blamed and a punitive party organised. The local Indigenous People were slaughtered and much later 'Kangaroo' was also killed.

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    y The Queenslander 16 April 1936 Z1321356 1936 newspaper issue 1936 pg. 13
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13 The Story Behind a Barcoo Grave and HeadstoneAustLit The Queenslander
  • Central West Queensland, Queensland,
  • Barcoo River, Isisford - Windorah area, South West Queensland, Queensland,
  • Thompson River, Western Queensland, Queensland,
  • Blackall, Augathella - Tambo - Blackall area, South West Queensland, Queensland,
  • ca. 1863-1872
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