Thurloo Downs

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Thurloo Downs Station
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Shearing Shed at Thurloo Downs 1935

Thurloo Downs Station most commonly known as Thurloo Downs is a pastoral lease that has operated as both a sheep station and a cattle station in outback New South Wales. It is located approximately 175 kilometres (109 mi) north of White Cliffs and 255 kilometres (158 mi) north west of Bourke on the Berawinnia Creek close to the Queensland border.

A pastoral lease is an arrangement used in both Australia and New Zealand where Crown land is leased by government generally for the purpose of grazing on rangelands.

Sheep station type of ranch in Australia or New Zealand

A sheep station is a large property in Australia or New Zealand whose main activity is the raising of sheep for their wool and meat. In Australia, sheep stations are usually in the south-east or south-west of the country. In New Zealand the Merinos are usually in the high country of the South Island. These properties may be thousands of square kilometres in size and run low stocking rates to be able to sustainably provide enough feed and water for the stock.

Cattle station large Australian farm (station, the equivalent of an American ranch), whose main activity is the rearing of cattle

In Australia, a cattle station is a large farm, the main activity of which is the rearing of cattle. The owner of a cattle station is called a grazier. The largest cattle station in the world is Anna Creek Station in South Australia, which covers an area of 23,677 square kilometres.

The property is about two thirds lightly timbered open country with the remainder made up of sandhills and stony ridges. [1]

Established prior to 1883 in that year it was owned by Messrs Rowan and Mactier. [2]

The property was inspected in 1896, when John Samuel Barrow was manager, and occupied an area of 200,800 acres (81,261 ha) and was fully enclosed with eight tanks, one dam and one well. [1]

John Augustus Ibbott acquired the property in 1903 and settled there with his family of five sons and two daughters. [3]

Sidney Kidman acquired the property in 1918 [4] along with Urisino and Elsinora from Goldsbrough, Mort and Co. [5]

Sidney Kidman Australian businessman

Sir Sidney Kidman was an Australian pastoralist who owned or co-owned large areas of land in Australia in his lifetime.

Urisino pastoral lease that has operated as both a sheep station and a cattle station in outback New South Wales

Urisino Station most commonly known as Urisino is a pastoral lease that has operated as both a sheep station and a cattle station in outback New South Wales.

Elsinora

Elsinora Station most commonly known as Elsinora is a pastoral lease that has operated as both a sheep station and a cattle station in outback New South Wales. It is situated approximately 160 kilometres (99 mi) north of White Cliffs and 240 kilometres (149 mi) north west of Bourke close to the Queensland border.

In 1954 part of Thurloo Downs, along with Elsinora Station were resumed for the soldier settlement scheme for returned servicemen from Korea and Malayan operation forces. The total area resumed was 77,341 acres (31,299 ha), [6] forming a block known as Kendabooka and was first drawn by Lieutenant Joe Waites. [7]

Thurloo Downs will be the site of a Total Solar Eclipse on 25 November, 2030.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Re-appraisement court". Western Herald . Bourke, New South Wales: National Library of Australia. 17 June 1896. p. 4. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  2. "A trip from Victoria to Queensland". The Colac Herald . Victoria: National Library of Australia. 7 December 1883. p. 4. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  3. Cuthbert Fetherstonhaugh (16 April 1923). "Ibbott, John Augustus (Jack) (1847–1923)". Obituaries Australia. Australian National University . Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  4. "Pastoralism". Unincorporated Area of New South Wales Heritage Study. River Junction Research. 2006. Archived from the original on 15 July 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  5. "Wanaaring Whispers". Western Herald . Bourke, New South Wales: National Library of Australia. 27 July 1918. p. 2. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  6. "Advertising". Western Herald . Bourke, New South Wales: National Library of Australia. 17 September 1954. p. 7. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  7. "West Land for Soldier". Barrier Miner . Broken Hill, New South Wales: National Library of Australia. 11 December 1954. p. 1. Retrieved 12 October 2015.

Coordinates: 29°17.308′S143°28.140′E / 29.288467°S 143.469000°E / -29.288467; 143.469000