Darling Downs: black soil and rolling grass seas

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

ERA Journal ID122851
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorFrench, Maurice
EditorsSpearritt, Peter and Stell, Marion
Journal TitleQueensland Historical Atlas
Journal Citation2011, pp. 1-7
Number of Pages7
Year2011
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISSN1838-708X
Web Address (URL)http://www.qhatlas.com.au/content/darling-downs
Abstract

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.

Keywordssquatters; pastoralists; farming; sheep production; wool production; Wacca Wacca; agriculture
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450107. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
430302. Australian history
440699. Human geography not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Book TitleQueensland historical atlas: histories, cultures, landscapes
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