Thargomindah

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Thargomindah
Queensland
ThargomindahRoadHouse.jpg
Outback roadhouse of Thargomindah
Thargomindah is located in Queensland
Thargomindah
Thargomindah
Coordinates 28°00′0″S 143°49′0″E / 28.00000°S 143.81667°E / -28.00000; 143.81667Coordinates: 28°00′0″S 143°49′0″E / 28.00000°S 143.81667°E / -28.00000; 143.81667
Population 203 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4482
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Bulloo
State electorate(s) Warrego
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
29.5 °C
85 °F
16.1 °C
61 °F
300.4 mm
11.8 in

Thargomindah /ˈθɑːrɡmɪndə/ is a town in South West Queensland, Australia on the Adventure Way, approximately 1,100 kilometres (680 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane, 200 kilometres (120 mi) west of the town of Cunnamulla. Thargomindah is the administrative centre for the Shire of Bulloo and lies on the Bulloo River. At the 2006 census, Thargomindah had a population of 203.[1]

Facilities[edit]

An information centre is located in the historic mud brick building of the former hospital. The collection and arrangement of antique household items is a local attraction. The present hospital, located on Dowling Street, is run by dual Directors of Nursing, Alan Thompson and Chris Dodd. Sports grounds, caravan park and the powerhouse demonstration are available. The nearby river offers trees and water biotopes in the vicinity. Thargomindah has a public library open to the general public.

Heritage listings[edit]

Thargomindah has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Water[edit]

Hot water bore hole into the Great Artesian Basin

Thargomindah has a pressurised hot spring from a bore into the Great Artesian Basin and has produced hydroelectric power from the basin in the past. After 2 years of drilling, a good supply of water was found in 1893. The temperature was 86 °C (187 °F). In 1924, it was recorded that the bore had a daily output of 2,500 cubic metres (88,000 cu ft) and today of 1,300 cubic metres (46,000 cu ft) at 84 °C (183 °F). There is a plentiful water supply for the population and the arid area available for irrigation in front and backyards and public warm showers are provided.

History[edit]

Tourist information

The town was first settled in the 1860s at a crossing of the Bulloo River.[5] A post office was established in 1870 and a telegraph line connected the town to Cunnamulla in 1881. The 1890s saw the town prosper as the service and administrative centre of a pastoral district.[5]

Thargomindah was one of the first towns in Australia to produce hydroelectric power from 1898 until 1951, which then was taken over by diesel generators until 1988. The town was later connected to the national power grid via Cunnamulla. The old bore was a source of energy when electric street lights were lit and coupled to a turbine driven by the bore's natural water pressure. The generator was taken from a unit powered by a steam engine and purchased by the Bulloo Divisional Board becoming the first municipality owned power plant. The power station is still operating with a daily opening to the public.

Transport[edit]

Thargomindah Airport is located near the township. A railway extension to the town was planned for many years, however it never eventuated. The railway did reach Cunnamulla in 1898 and Quilpie in 1917.[5]

Climate[edit]

Thargomindah has a hot semi-arid climate.

Climate data for Thargomindah
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 48.8
(119.8)
46.0
(114.8)
43.8
(110.8)
38.9
(102)
32.2
(90)
30.4
(86.7)
28.5
(83.3)
36.3
(97.3)
39.2
(102.6)
41.2
(106.2)
45.4
(113.7)
45.0
(113)
48.8
(119.8)
Average high °C (°F) 38.5
(101.3)
36.0
(96.8)
33.5
(92.3)
29.5
(85.1)
23.8
(74.8)
20.0
(68)
20.1
(68.2)
22.9
(73.2)
27.8
(82)
31.1
(88)
33.8
(92.8)
36.4
(97.5)
29.5
(85.1)
Average low °C (°F) 25.5
(77.9)
24.0
(75.2)
21.2
(70.2)
16.6
(61.9)
10.6
(51.1)
7.5
(45.5)
6.7
(44.1)
8.3
(46.9)
12.8
(55)
16.6
(61.9)
20.6
(69.1)
23.0
(73.4)
16.1
(61)
Record low °C (°F) 17.2
(63)
12.3
(54.1)
9.4
(48.9)
6.5
(43.7)
1.0
(33.8)
−0.8
(30.6)
−0.9
(30.4)
0.1
(32.2)
4.7
(40.5)
6.2
(43.2)
9.7
(49.5)
13.7
(56.7)
−0.9
(30.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 39.1
(1.539)
47.9
(1.886)
45.5
(1.791)
17.5
(0.689)
14.4
(0.567)
16.7
(0.657)
13.6
(0.535)
8.0
(0.315)
9.8
(0.386)
14.1
(0.555)
40.7
(1.602)
30.3
(1.193)
300.4
(11.827)
Average precipitation days 3.6 4.5 4.4 1.4 2.8 3.9 3.5 2.0 2.6 3.4 5.5 4.4 42.0
Source: [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Thargomindah (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Dr Ludwig Becker's Grave (entry 601359)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Burke and Wills Dig Tree (entry 601073)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Noccundra Hotel (entry 600361)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2002). Heritage Trails of the Queensland Outback. State of Queensland. pp. 114–115. ISBN 0-7345-1040-3. 
  6. ^ "Climate statistics for Thargomindah". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 

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