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The plaque commemorates the 100th anniversary of the official opening in July 1865 of Queensland's first railway from Ipswich to Grandchester, which was then know as Bigge`s Camp.

On 31 July 1865, Queensland's first railway line (the first narrow gauge main line in the world) was completed with the opening of this little station at Grandchester, west of Ipswich. The building was also the residence of the station master. This was the initial stage of the rail line between Ipswich and the Darling Downs that was constructed to allow livestock and produce from the rich Downs region to get to a port for export to other parts of Australia and overseas. The ceremony of turning the first sod for the construction of the railway had been performed by Lady Bowen, the wife of the governor, on 25 February 1864. That means that the construction of the 35 km of rail took just under 18 months.


Address:Grandchester Railway Station, Grandchester, 4340
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.662673
Long: 152.466035
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:31-July-1865
Actual Event End Date:31-July-1965


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 31st July, 1965
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1865 Centenary Queensland Government Railways  1965

This plaque was unveiled by the Hon. G. Chalk M.L.A. Minister for Transport on 31st July 1965

To commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the official opening on 31st July 1865, of Queensland`s first railway from Ipswich to Grandchester (then Bigge`s Camp)

A. G. Lee  Commissioner for Railways


Source: MA
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