Jockey stretching before a race at Charleville races.

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Warrego Races in Charleville.
Today we all drive, own or use motor cars for transport. Consequently our society has a plethora of car races, motorcycle clubs, car clubs and the like. In the 19th century everyone owned, rode or used horses for transport. People loved their horses and dealt with them daily. Consequently in the smallest Australian towns race clubs and meetings emerged as a favourite pastimes and places for social gathering. When state governments moved in to control the racing industry and gambling most small race clubs disappeared but in western Queensland rural race meetings are still popular. The Warrego Race Club in Charleville was founded in 1882 with meetings held on the edge of town. In 1919 the Club transferred its meetings to the current showgrounds site in town. The first starting stalls were not erected until 1953 and covered horse stalls were not built until 1982. Then in 1988 the Warrego Race Club got a fancy new club stand and building with funding from the local shire council and the Queensland government. The Club now boasts the best facilities in the west with an all-weather race track, a covered grand stand for 500 people and an air-conditioned glass room upstairs in the grandstand. The Club holds about 7 meetings a year, mainly in the cooler months. Despite the modern facilities it is still a rural race meeting with colourful characters, stockmen and bushies.

Modern Charleville – Outback business town.
The town has 3, 300 people with 5,000 pope in the shire council area. The town is 1,000 feet or 300 metres above sea level. It is the last big town in the west of QLD with regional bases for School of the Air, Royal Flying Doctor Service, etc. The shire council is called Murweh and the only other towns in this extensive shire are Augathella and Morven. All three towns have a cemetery but records for much of Charleville were lost in the disastrous 1990 floods. Four artesian bores provide around one million gallons of water a day for the town. The bores are between 1000 and 3000 feet deep. The town has its own sewerage system and it is connected the QLD electricity grid. The council reports that most properties in the shire are between 25,000 acres and 40,000 acres but a few properties are over 100,000 acres in size! The newest industry in town is a small abattoir which opened in 1997 to process kangaroo and feral goat meat. There is a Catholic primary school (St. Mary’s) and a state year 1 to 12 government school and a TAFE campus. Charleville has the Guinness Book of Records award for making the world’s largest damper- which it did in 1994. Like many QLD towns it has a town statue in the Main Street of Willie the Swagman to capture the pioneering life of bush swagmen. There is also a stone cairn on the corner of Wills and Watson streets to mark the site of the Cobb and Co coach building works. This was the last working coach factory in Australia. There is a full range of state and federal government offices in Charleville, a library, swimming pool, six churches, various sports clubs, an Aboriginal Housing organisation, a small airport, several gun shops, a saddlery, shearing contractors, wool buyers and an Elders stock and station agent service. The taxi service if you need it is on (07) 4654 1435.

Floods in Charleville.
As mentioned above the major flood in Charleville was in 1990 when waters from the Warrego rose over 8 metres. Even the main street was flooded with 1,000 homes inundated. Over 3,000 people were evacuated from Charleville. The town has been flooded more recently in 1997, 2008, 2010 and 2012. In April 1990 around 350 mm of rain fell in a few days over much of Western QLD. Many residents had to climb onto their rooves to be rescued from the flood waters. The Insurance Council of Australia said the floods cost million in damage. Since the 1990 floods the local shire council has spent millions of flood mitigation works but this did not stop the serious flooding in 2010. People sought refuge at the Show Grounds and Anna Bligh as Premier visited Charleville. Australian Defence Force personnel were sent in to help with the clean up in 2010. The Warrego River is the most northerly tributary of the Darling River. It rises in the Carnarvon Gorge near Tambo in central QLD. The Warrego joins the Darling River at Bourke in NSW. As Carnarvon Gorge Mountains are quite high they experience tropical thunderstorms in the “monsoon” season and that is why the Warrego River floods downstream from time to time.

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Title: Locomotive engineering : a practical journal of railway motive power and rolling stock
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Authors: Hill, John A. (John Alexander), 1858-1916 Sinclair, Angus, 1841-1919
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