Darling Downs: black soil and rolling grass seas

French, Maurice (2011) Darling Downs: black soil and rolling grass seas. Queensland Historical Atlas, 2011. pp. 1-7.

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The quintessential Darling Downs landscape of the nineteenth century was characterised by black soil and 'rolling grass seas' which held the sheep, woolsheds and large pastoral stations of wealthy squatters. One of Queensland's most productive pastoral areas, it became celebrated in both art and literature.

The Darling Downs is complex and difficult to define and locate on a map, being between 130-250 km west of Brisbane. Ranging from 500 m to 650 m above sea level, it is a distinctive cool region of Queensland bounded in the north by the Bunya Mountains, in the east by the Great Dividing Range, in the south by the Granite Belt and Herries Range, and on the west by the Condamine River.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2011 03:12
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 01:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: squatters; pastoralists; farming; sheep production; wool production; Wacca Wacca; agriculture
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19337

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