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Picture relating to Ipswich - titled 'Official opening of the first section of the Ipswich to Grandchester railway, Ipswich, 1865'
Picture relating to Helidon - titled 'Railway construction site at Helidon, ca. 1865'
Picture relating to Ipswich - titled 'Official guests assembled in Ipswich at the opening of the first railway line from Ipswich to Bigges Camp, 1865'
Picture relating to Ipswich - titled 'Early photograph of Ipswich Railway Station, ca. 1865'
Picture relating to Warwick - titled 'Ellenthorpe Steam Flour Mills in Warwick, ca. 1865'
Picture relating to Brisbane - titled 'Part of George Street, Brisbane, in 1865'

Official opening of the first section of the Ipswich to Grandchester railway, Ipswich, 1865

contributed by QldPics, taken in 1865
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The official opening of the first section of the Ipswich to Grandchester railway on 31 July 1865. The ceremony was attended by Governor Sir George Bowen, Lady Bowen and other officials. This was Queensland's first railway. The line was later extended to the Darling Downs, then was connected with Brisbane in 1875. (Information taken from: Infrastructure Australia, 2008, retrieved 28 November 2008, from <http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/rail/trains/history.aspx>; and taken from: Granchester Sawmill, 2008, retrieved 28 November 2008, from <http://www.grandchestersawmill.com.au/AboutGrandchester.htm>)