A Tour in Queensland.
(BY OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT. )
Oh! who shall sing the scene of savage strife Where hatred glories in the waste of life?
The hurried march, the looks of grim delight.
The yell, the rush, the slaughter, and the flight, The arms unwearied in the cruel toil.
The hoarded vengeance, and the rifled spoil; And last of all, the revel in the wood,
The feast of death, the banquetting of blood ; When the wild savage gazes on his foe
Convulsed beneath him in his painful throe,
And lifts the knife, and kneels him down to drain The purple current from the quivering vein. Cease, cease the tale—and let the ocean's roll
Shut the dark horror from my 'wildered soul!
THE Never-Never Land, intersected by the Barcoo, was at last sighted, and my weary journey was to be accomplished by following down the river into the western country for a short hundred miles.
The town of Tambo lay at my feet, with its ga
vanised-iron roofed buildings denoting that tim ber of the shingling sort was scarce.
Cantering down the slopes, I soon entered the town, and quartered myself and horse at Mrs. Walsh's, a quiet, neat-looking house. The sight of telegraph wires somewhat cheered me, and I
strolled over to the office to indulge in a conversa tion with my friends in Sydney. Tambo and Charleville are the outposts of telegraphic commu
nication in Queensland.
Walker, the explorer, took up Tambo statior but I think Mr. Bell was the first to occupy it with stock. On Christmas Day, 1862, the pioneers, Mr J. T. Allan, and Mr. Ernest Davies, took up the country lower down the river, which I shall de
scribe in my next.
The history of the formation of the town of Tambo presents the usual features that mark the beginnings of towns in the Australian interior. About twelve years ago, William Coverley opened the first public-house there, and not long after wards a person named Jenkins opened a store. The first land sale took place about the year 1866 Mr. Carr Boyd was the first police magistrate. Mr. Hinton purchased the store business from Mr Jenkins, and Hinton in turn sold to Mr. Solomon, who again sold to Mr. Auerbach, an enterprising man, who did much for Tambo during his stay.
The Tambo of to-day is a good business place, though some say it has seen ;ita best days. The Chinese gardens, the hospital, the court-house, post and telegraph offices, and the stores, are the most noteworthy of the local establishments.
There was a school, just completed, though not opened at the time of my visit.
The dark days which I alluded to at the begin ning of this article, are past, and the handful of grog-loving, lolling vagabonds, who once infested the verandahs, the yards, and the kitchens of the "publics''and stores are fast dwindling away, and very soon the place that once knew them, will
know them no more.
Tambo has two public houses, two stores, and several boarding houses, one of which ia kept by a Chinaman. Mr. G. A. Bilton is the principal store keeper, and the postmaster. His premises co mpri se ti retail store and a hulk store, the latter a fine spacious building, Mr. Marries also does a good business in the storekeeping line.
Messrs. Whitman Bros., proprietors of the Car rangarra Hotel and huuiness premises (shown in the accompanying engraving of the main street in Tambo,) are also pushing enterprising business men. Their '* bank notes" are well got up, and are readily cashed on every part of the Barcoo, the Wive, the Ward, and the Warrego Rivers. The bro thers Whitman nra self-made men, and deserve all they have got by their industry and enterprise. At the rear of the hotel is a capital gurdon, which Mi*. W. Whitman takes great pride in. Here some fina vegetables were shown me, including cabbages, cauliflowers, &c. ; also a magnificent vine from which 2401b weight of grapes were taken last sea son. The vegetables and fruit proved incontesta bly that the Barcoo, in years to come, will be able
SCICNB IN TAMBO, QUEENSLAND.-WHITMAN IHtOS'., CAItltANGAUItA HOTEL AND STOItKS,
to support a large population. But, for at least a quarter of a century, one would think that culti vation to any great extent is not likely to be tried here, while nearer the seaboard and the railway lines there are millions of acres yet tr» be brought under the plough. It is not likely that an agri cultural community will be spread over a district so far removed from markets and population.
The telegraph office at Tambo was opened on the 5th June, 1874. From Mr. Gorton, the obliging resident manager, I learnt that every mouth since that time there has been an increase in the number of mesanges sent. There are now 800 messages received and despatched monthly. Many of the messages were of the utmost importance. There is now in course of completion a connectin g tele graph line from Tambo to Charleville, under the superintendence of Mr. Deverell (a brother of the inventor of " Wave-power application"). This line will complete an important work. .
The hospital at Tambo is, perhaps, the farthest in the interior of Australia. It is a very cre ditable wooden building, nicely designed, and erected at a cost of about £800. It contains four wards, and a disp«nsary, with a kitchen detached. Fourteen patients have been at one time in the hospital. One of the wards called "the Mary" was, says a tablet erected, " To the Memory of Mary, wife of J. J. Auerbach." This is a very pleasing, and a very acceptable way of showing one's devotion to the'memory of deceased relatives, and a way which many others might well take for example. The hospital, clean and well cared for, is under the charge of Mr. P. Hanrahan. The medical attendant and, in fact, the medical stock rider of the whole of that part of the country, is
The next objects of interest visited were the Chi nese gardens, en the banks of the Barcoo. About thirty Chinese find employment at these gardens, in growing vegetables for the country around. But I visited the Chinese at a calamitous time. There had been direful floods, which swept away the fences, as well as vegetables. The occupants, I found, had just paid a high price for the business to a fellow-countryman, who, with a small fortune, had gone back to China. During that flood a flock of 3000 sheep had been drowned in the bend ot the river, just below the township.
I Leaving the Chinese, we croased the river, and,
taking a path to the right, for half-a-raile, I waa shown a huge bottle-tree, under the shade of which are the graves of the people who died in Tambo. The tree is a graceful one, and spreads its br«nches for about twenty-five feet from the trunk, in every direction. I never remembered a more picturesque spot ; full of interest to the people of the town ; for to each grave is attached a history more or lesa
But, there is one want.yet unsupplied in Tambo. I was assured that no clergyman had visited the place for several years. I do not hear the good people complain very much, though there are un doubtedly children that ought to have been chris tened, and marriages that ought to have been per
Because attired in a black coat, I had the honour to be taken for a clergyman, and was waited upon to perform a couple of marriages, and to christen a Chinaman who "is married to a European, The resident Police Magistrate, Captain Sadlier, is au thorised to perfoim mnrriage.s ; but most people prefer the religious to the civil ceremony.
At a meeting of vinegrowers, held in Geelong on Saturday, it wa» resolved " that whereas the cultiva tion of tho vine has now become one of the first industries in the colony, giving permanent employment to a very large number of families, not only directly in the cultivation of tho vineyards, but indirectly in tho fostering of other trades and industries ; and fur* thor, that notwithstanding repeated and influential representations to successive Governments for redress from specified grievances that have injuriously affected and tended to impede the progress of this great in dustry, tho vienorons of Victoria are still without relief, this meeting again résolves to petition Parlia
ment; for redress,"