Chinchilla News front page 1942.
Chinchilla News front page 1942. Chinchilla News

Take a look back at our 110 years of news

TO MARK the 110th anniversary of The Chinchilla News, every week we take a look back at two papers from our long history and delve into the major stories.

On the front page of the Friday, January 8, 1942, edition, we reported on Taroom Shire Council's first general meeting of the year.

The commissioner of Main Roads advised £2670 had been made available for maintenance of main roads within the shire for the year.

The council received a petition requesting they take steps to have sparrows in Taroom eradicated as soon as possible. Councillors took "the necessary action to have the sparrows declared a pest”.

Council also received an application from QCWA for use of the hall to conduct dancing lessons for children.

On the front page of the Friday, February 4, 1944, edition, we reported on the Boonarga Campdraft.

Despite more than three inches of rain the preceding week and another inch the night before, the Boonarga Campdraft proved an unqualified success.

"When the maiden campdraft commenced on Saturday morning, the ground was a somewhat heavy and a little uncertain, but after an hour or so's sun, it proved to be very good for drafting,” the article read.

Turn to pages 20 and 21 of this week's edition, sponsored by Pristine Water Systems, to see the original front pages from 1942 and 1944. Next week's feature will be 1945 and 1946.

The Chinchilla News would love to share your memories, stories and photos of years gone by.

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