Under the Crown Lands Act of 1884, leaseholders were able to consolidate adjacent runs under one lease, with a portion reverting to the Crown to be made available for selection. In this part of Queensland, most of the ‘available’ pastoral land was consolidated over the next 6 years. The resulting 18 pastoral properties ranged in area from 80 to over 16 000 square miles.
Notes on the database:
The database lists the consolidated runs according to the date gazetted in the Queensland Government Gazette. Most were gazetted between November 1885 and August 1891. A debate between the lessee and the Department of Lands about areas to be consolidated and resumed on Beaufort continued until July 1896.
The name of the original homestead run was most often chosen as the name of the consolidated lease holding. In this group, the exceptions are Boongoondoo, Hobartville, Wee Dunrobin, Beaufort, and Clare.
A number of the runs were consolidated under mortgage, generally to a financial institution.
Area resumed for selection
The area resumed for selection depended on the time that had elapsed since the date of the first licence to occupy land within the consolidation. For that land held 20 years or longer, 50% was resumed; for that held from 10 to 20 years, 33.3% was resumed; for that held less than 10 years, 25% was resumed.
Other variations in the percentages of land resumed shown in the table were due to allowances making the relative value of leased and resumed land equivalent.
|Date gazetted||Consolidated run (leased)||Lessee (Mortgagee)||Total area [sq miles]||No of runs||Area [sm] resumed for selection (Approx. %)|
|05 Nov 1885||Burgoyne||Charles Randall Lillyman||195||3||49 (25%)|
|30 Mar 1886||Edwinstowe||John Desmond (Qld National Bank)||319||6||99 (31%)|
|24 Sep 1887||Mexico||Charles & Henry Skuthorp (Bank of NSW)||593.5||11||149.5 (25%)|
|06 Dec 1887||Rosedale||August Frederick W Gambauer (Albrecht Feez)||80||2||23.5 (29%)|
|16 Dec 1887||Strasburg||William Dixon||128.5||2||40 (31%)|
|22 Sep 1887||Clunie Creek||George McIver||80||1||20 (25%)|
|28 Sep 1888||Boongoondoo||George Porter||322.75||9||89 (28%)|
|03 Jan 1891||Hobartville||William Holland, William James Forrester, Henry Newcomen, Robert Lismore Moore||843.25||14||214 (25%)|
|12 Jan 1891||Dunrobin||Arthur George Walker & Edward Roland Edkins (SA Land, Mortgage & Agency Co.)||236.5||4||68.5 (29%)|
|13 Jan 1891||Wee Dunrobin||Joseph Sutherland||100||2||31 (31%)|
|24 Jun 1891 /17 Jul 1896||Beaufort||Sir Arthur Hunter Palmer||706.75||10||384.75 (54%)|
|03 Jul 1891||Texas||Luke Byrne (Qld National Bank)||116.5||3||31.5 (27%)|
|03 Jul 1891||Cheshire||John Stewart||103||1||20 (19%)|
|03 Jul 1891||Avoca||Alister Norman G Davidson, John Ewan Davidson & George Henry M King||155.25||2||65.5 (42%)|
|19 Jul 1891||Surbiton||Charles Smith (ANZ Mortgage Co)||989.5||19||234.75 (24%)|
|24 Jul 1891||Clare||Charles Clewley Martindale||244||3||57 (23%)|
|07 Aug 1891||Alpha||William Kilgour & Eric Henry Mackay||1 622.25||26||488.75 (30%)|
|07 Aug 1891||Garfield||Frederick William Buschel||103||3||28 (27%)|