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Tully Pioneers
Tully Pioneers

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

Statues dedicated to the all pioneers of the Tully district. 

The Tully area was originally known as Banyan. The river was named in honour of William Alcock Tully, then under-secretary for public lands and chief commissioner of crown lands in Queensland. The first settlers were the nephews of James Tyson who grew sugarcane and raised beef cattle. The town was surveyed in 1883, but it was not until the government constructed a sugar mill in 1925 that the town began to develop.

Crown lands and freehold farms were subdivided throughout 1924-25. The Banyan school was opened in 1924 and renamed Tully in 1925. Pugh's Queensland directory (1927) estimated Tully's population to be 1000, and recorded numerous stores, two garages, three booksellers, a bank, eight refreshment rooms and a hotel. Many of the new cane farmers were Italian, as American restrictions on southern European migration had diverted many of them to Australia. With previous Italian settlement around Ingham, new settlers were drawn to places near their own countrymen. 


Address:Butler Street, Tully, 4854
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -17.933889
Long: 145.928333
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Landscape


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2009
Front Inscription
Dedicated to all Pioneers of the Tully District 
Erected by the Tully District Italian Pioneers Book Committee in 2009
"Hearts Full Of Hope"
Source: MA
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