The following sketch, outlining some of the principal features of colonization in Queensland, originated in a desire that a number of photographs in the possession of various Government departments should be reproduced by photo-engraving and made available for wider distribution than had been possible by multiplication of silver prints. Some accompanying explanatory letterpress was required, and I was favoured with a communication suggesting that the writing should be furnished by me.
The inadequacy of detached bits of description, appended each to a picture, to engage attention was recognised, and my commission took the form of an engagement to furnish a sketch in a more connected form, embodying, where feasible, digressions into narrative and tradition which might serve to impart some degree of personal interest to the sketch, while not too widely deviating from the original purpose of publication. The space permitted has been too limited to permit of anything like a comprehensive work. Several settlements of considerable relative importance have not been referred to at all, generally because no suitable illustrations have been available. Although many places have thus been passed over, it has been a prime object not to omit any leading feature of the progress of settlement in the enormous territory comprised within the boundaries of Queensland.
Since the work was commenced, and, indeed, after it had been considerably advanced, the accomplishment of Australian Federation has conferred the style of a "State" upon the territory. But, as it remains essentially a Colony, it has not been thought requisite to alter the title of the work. The photographs reproduced are mainly from the collections of the Railway, the Lands,and the Agricultural Departments. Some, however, I have obtained from other sources. The Police Department has favoured me with several, and for some of those illustrating artesian bores I am indebted to the courtesy of the firm of Morehead's Limited, stock and station agents. Several of the headings are from the brush and pencil of Mr. F. Elliott, of the Government Printing Office, by which establishment the printing has been executed. The reproduction of the photographs, &c., has been accomplished by Messrs. W. and J. Traill.
Materials for the text have been derived in part from a long personal acquaintance - commenced in the year 1861 - with Queensland, in which Colony I have passed most of my early manhood ; and in part from every accessible publication, including all official statistics, and so forth. My indebtedness in these respects is so universal that only a general acknowledgment can cover it. I believe I have read and made some use of every work of private authorship which has been printed relating to Queensland.
W. H. TRAILL.
Brisbane, January, 1901.