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Biggenden State Farm, Queensland

Date: 1900-1920
Dimensions:
Overall: 152 x 200 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Robert D McKilliam
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: ANMS0227[048]
Related Place:Queensland,

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    Description
    A black and white photograph showing the partially bushland with a fenced off area at Biggenden State Farm in Queensland.
    Experimental farms were established throughout Queensland to assist new settlers and develop agriculture in the region. Biggenden Farm was established on the outskirts of the town in 1898.
    SignificanceThis image is a part of the Captain Robert McKilliam collection. Captain McKilliam worked for the Aberdeen White Star Line for 32 years and sailed aboard such famous clipper ships as SALAMIS and THERMOPYLAE. He moved to Sydney in 1913 where he served as Assistant Wharf Master on Darling Island.
    HistoryAlthough experimental farms assisted many and some such the Hermitage Farm near Warwick proved very successful, that at Biggenden did not.

    "It is understood that the Government has offered to sell the Biggenden State Farm, the Gajndali district, to the settlers in the locality. Very large amounts of money have been spent on the Biggenden farm, but the suggestion to place it on the market seems to indicate that it has been a hopeless failure as a Government speculation. Official inquiries show that the Agricultural Department has not utilised this place as a State farm for some three years. The land has been handed over to the Lands Department and will probably be sold in suburban allotments. The buildings will also probably be sold, or utilised for some other purpose. "
    - Brisbane Courier, 19 August 1916
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: View of grassy land with two gum tree trunks on right at centre left is wire and wooden fence taken Biggenden state farm

    Collection title: Biggenden State Farm, Queensland

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