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Transit and supplies stop for Leichhardt and others heading for Jimbour Station.
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THEN

Dalby was founded in the early 1840s at a place known locally as "The Crossing" on Myall Creek, a tributary of the Condamine River.

The first settler was Henry Dennis, who explored the region and chose land for himself and others in the locality. A small settlement was founded to assist travellers heading north to nearby Jimbour Station.

Leichhardt visited the area in late 1844, on his way to Port Essington.

NOW

Walk through the Dalby Pioneer Park Museum and experience the colonial memorabilia housed in authentic buildings. The many buildings at Pioneer Park are original colonial construction an have been moved to the Park or rebuilt from original materials.

The buildings house such things as an old school, colonial cottage, early photos, historical phone exchange, dentist's chair and equipment, hospital equipment, original jail building with antique firearm collection and an old shop building. Check out the museum's blacksmith shop in full working order.

The Dalby Family History Society is located at the Pioneer Park and is available to assist people research their family history. There is also a well-stocked craft shop with crafts made locally. 

Books and more information about the Dalby area are also available. Open every day of the year except Christmas Day.

Above: Blacksmithing display highlights one of the key services provided to 19th century travellers, like Leichhardt, on the Darling Downs in between homesteads. (Dalby Pioneer Park Museum)

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Above: Step back in time into this ‘colonial kitchen’ with a fascinating amalgam of household implements and utensils from a bygone age. (Dalby Pioneer Park Museum)

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Above: In the years following Leichhardt’s visits, agriculture and grazing interests flourished across the fertile soils of the Darling Downs, generating an exotic array of farm equipment and mechanised devices. (Dalby Pioneer Park Museum)

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