Dagworth Station

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Coordinates: 21°52′0″S 142°09′0″E / 21.86667°S 142.15000°E / -21.86667; 142.15000

Troopers at Dagworth Station during the shearer's strike in 1894

Dagworth Station is a cattle station located north-west of Winton in central west Queensland in Australia.[1] It was established in 1876 by Messrs Hunter and Urquhart who were living in a grass hut on the property in 1878 when they were still building up the run.[2] One of the adjoining properties in 1887 was Elderslie Station, which at the time was owned by Sir Samuel Wilson.[3]


In 1894 the station's shearing shed was burned down along with seven others in the district as part of a protest by shearers over wages. The Macpherson family owned the station in the 1890s and early 1900s.[4] Samuel Hoffmeister, who was implicated in these events was later found dead at a nearby billabong. The following year Banjo Paterson visited the station and wrote the lyrics to "Waltzing Matilda", said to be inspired by these incidents.[5] The music for the song was arranged by Christina Macpherson, the daughter of the owner of Dagworth and sister of the manager of the property Robert Macpherson.[6]

The station was bought by the North Australian Pastoral Company in 1995.[7][8]

In March 2015, Geoscience Australia reported that the Diamantina River’s course at and near its headwaters flows along the edge of a roughly circular crustal anomaly that might well be an impact structure. It is 130 km in diameter, and Dagworth lies in its northeast quadrant. The asteroid impact, if indeed this is the explanation for the anomaly, would have happened roughly 300 million years ago.[9]

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  1. ^ "Dagworth". Place Names Search. Geoscience Australia. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  2. ^ "The Black at Dagworth Station, Queensland". Illustrated Australian News. Melbourne, Victoria: National Library of Australia. 23 January 1878. p. 10. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Advertising". Australian Town and Country Journal. New South Wales: National Library of Australia. 17 December 1887. p. 5. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  4. ^ O'Keeffe, Dennis (2012). Waltzing Matilda: The Secret History of Australia's Favourite Song. Sydney: Allen and Unwin. ISBN 978-1-74237-706-3.
  5. ^ "Who'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me". National Library of Australia. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  6. ^ Ponnamperuma, Senani. "Christina Macpherson The Woman Who Inspired Waltzing Matilda". Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Kyuna Station". North Australian Pastoral Company. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  8. ^ "NAPCo – Our History". North Australian Pastoral Company. 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Potential asteroid impact identified in western Queensland". Geoscience Australia. Archived from the original on 4 August 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.

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