Powell, Owen (2010) Tinnenburra. Queensland Historical Atlas: Histories, Cultures, Landscapes, 2009-2010 .

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Author Powell, Owen
Title Tinnenburra
Journal name Queensland Historical Atlas: Histories, Cultures, Landscapes
ISSN 1838-708X
Publication date 2010-10-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 2009-2010
Total pages 3
Editor Peter Spearritt
Marion Stell
Place of publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher Queensland Historical Atlas
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
For those in search of a triumphant colonial past populated with eccentric pioneers, the historic Tinnenburra property located in south west Queensland is rich pickings. It is synonymous with all that is ‘big’ about Queensland’s history, the expectations held in Queensland’s vast west and the people who set about transforming it. Before closer settlement began in the 1880s, Tinnenburra was one the largest pastoral properties in Australia boasting the biggest shearing shed in the world. The property’s legendary owner, James Tyson, enhanced its grandeur. At a time when English capital and colonial banks financed European expansion into Queensland’s semi-arid West, Tyson was an Australian born, self-made ‘millionaire’ who owned a string of properties around Australia. His fame as a pastoral tycoon, however, was only equal to the myth itself, immortalised in the Banjo Paterson Poem T.Y.S.O.N. An intensely shy man, he never married, neither drank nor smoked and insisted that his tea always be brewed in a humble billy can.

The Tyson myth is captivating, however, it overshadows a more resonant story about the way landscapes are given meaning and culturally remembered. The history of Tinnenburra can be interpreted from multiple angles. Here, it will be approached from at least two, firstly as a place within the framework of colonial history and secondly from the intimate level of Indigenous people in the landscape with their own parallel connections to place.
Copyright © Owen Powell, 2010
Keyword Pastoral industry
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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