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Goomeri  Queensland

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Sixty-three kilometres west of Gympie on the Wide Bay highway, Goomeri and neighbouring Kilkivan are old gold mining towns.

Gold has long since surrendered economic sovereignty to agriculture, and Murgon, 42km south-west, is home to champion cheese produced by the local dairy co-operative, which also boasts a fascinating museum featuring old butter churns, cheese presses and milking machines.

Two of the area's historical homesteads, Boonara and Booubyjan, are open to the public by arrangement.

The most striking landmark in town is the clock tower in Memorial Place. Instead of numbers, the clock face bears the words Lest We Forget and doubles as a memorial to those local men and women who died serving their country on foreign battlefields.

A short drive south is Cherbourg, one of the focal points of the Queensland Government’s long-disgraced early 1900s policy of taking Aborigines from their tribal homes and resettling them on reserves.

Cherbourg Reserve Aborigines finally gained independence in 1986, but many of them are still fighting for wages held in trust for them by the State Government, but which they never received.


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