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The plaque was unveiled to commemorate the centenary of Barcaldine and the close association between the town and the Central Railway. 

In September, 1886, Barcaldine, then known as Lagoon Creek, consisted of Shakespeare's Hotel brought from Pine Creek and a few tents. On November 8th 1886, the first train reached the settlement and the town prospered. 

The Central West line is a railway line in Queensland, Australia. It was opened in a series of sections between 1867 and 1928. Construction proceeded west virtually tracking the Tropic of Capricorn, with settlements developing once the line was built. It reached Barcaldine in 1886 after crossing the Drummond Range using 1 in 33 (3%) grades and 4 chain (circa 80-metre) radius curves (the tightest used on the system) to avoid major earthworks, and reached Longreach in 1892.



Address:103 Oak Street, Barcaldine Railway Station, Barcaldine, 4725
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.552277
Long: 145.289599
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:27-September -1886
Actual Event End Date:27-September-1986


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 27th September, 1986
Front Inscription

The close association between the town of Barcaldine and the Central Railway is commemoraed by this plaque which was unveiled to celebrate the centenary of Barcaldine on 27 September 1986 by Hon. W. H. Glasson, M. L. A. Minister for Lands, Forestry, Mapping and Surveying 

Member for Gregory

K. E. Neil Esq.,         General Manager,  Central Division Railway     
L. T.  Norman Esq.,  Chairman Barcaldine Shire Council  
R. W. Dunning Esq., Deputy Commissioner and Secretary Railway Department


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