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Picture relating to Laura - titled 'Laura'
Picture relating to Charters Towers - titled 'Charters Towers'

Laura

contributed by DerrickJessop, taken on 12 September 2003
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Although pastoralists had earlier settled in the Laura Valley, the town really owes its existence from 1873 to gold being discovered on the Palmer River. The Laura River was crossed here on the prospectors' route through the notorious Hell's Gate where they were subject to fierce attack from the local Aboriginal tribes insensed by their intrusion.
The rail line, put through in1888, was planned to go to Maytown, and a bridge was constructed over the river in 1891, but the scheme was abandoned as the gold fields were in decline. The line to Laura closed in 1961.
The photo shows the steps to the freight shed (now removed) and the Laura Post Office.

This picture is also part of the following Bonzle photo collections: