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Blackall 4472 is a town in central-western Queensland, 960 km N-W of Brisbane.
Location: 24*25'S, 145*27'E
Elevation: 305 metres.
Blackall is located near the Barcoo River, part of the inland river system, in Central Western Queensland, Australia. The town is the centre of a cattle and sheep grazing district. Blackall is located on the Landsbrough Highway (A2), aproximatly half-way between Tambo, 106 km to the south, and Barcaldine, 107 km to the north.
The area around present-day Blackall was explored by Thomas Mitchell in 1846, and the area was first settled in the 1860s. Blackall was named after Sir Samual Blackall, Queensland's second Governor. In 1885 Blackall was the first town to start drilling an artesian bore.
Blackall is the home of the original "Black Stump", which is the exact centre of a meridian square used by surveyors to align the borders of Queensland back in 1887. Blackall is also where shearing legend, Jack Howe, set a world record by shearing 321 sheep in seven hours and forty minutes with blade shears. It actually took another 58 years before anyone could match his feat and that was with machine shears.
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Blackall is located on the Landsbrough Highway (A2), a sealed road, and is aproximatly half-way between Tambo, 106 km to the south, and Barcaldine, 107 km to the north. Minor, unsealed roads lead to Jericho the the N-E, and Yaraka to the S-W.
Blackall has a 1.7 km airstrip (06/24) near the town.
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The Blackall Woolscour, an historic wool washing plant which operated on steam from 1908 to 1978, is believed to be the only complete operation of its kind left in Australia, with the original steam machinery still in place. Outback characters bring the halls to life as they take you on a tour of the woolscour.
Blackall lies atop the Great Artesian Basin. Hot water rushes to the surface from great depths through the bores which are drilled. Today, visitors can relax, refresh and revive in the soothing artesian waters of the Blackall Aquatic Centre.
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