Home Hill to mark centenary of Up River Land Ballot

Residents are being urged to keep Saturday June 24, 2012, free as the Home Hill Centenary celebrations continue.

Burdekin Shire Council Economic and Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the organising committee was close to finalising the details for the Up River Land Ballot Centenary Celebrations which would be held at Osborne State School.

“This event will mark the second allocation of farming land on the southern side of the Burdekin River,” he said.

“There will be a re-enactment of the ballot call as well as static displays of family photos and memorabilia.

“It will be a great opportunity for families on both sides of the Burdekin to have an afternoon of fun as well as learning about the history of the district.”

Mr Vaccaro said there also would be a demonstration cricket match, tennis match, a machinery display from the Burdekin Machinery Preservationists and a historical display.

“The celebrations will kick off a 1pm and there will be plenty of food available as well as a centenary cake that will be cut on the day,” he said.

Home Hill was conceived in December 1911 when the State Government balloted off 58 blocks of land which were previously part of Inkerman Downs Station.

An influx of new settlers led to a demand for a new town on the southern side of the mighty Burdekin River and, by 1913, the fledgling town of Home Hill had been established. Most of those blocks were developed into sugar cane farms.

For further information on the Up River Land Ballot contact Marsha Cody on 4783 9832.

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