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Snapshot - A State of Confusion

Published on Thursday, 21 May 2020 at 4:32:03 PM

In 1910 Geraldtonians were relieved to find out that at last their parcels and other postal material would no longer mistakenly find their way to a port in Queensland.  In 1879, Irishman Thomas Henry Fitzgerald had established a large sugar plantation on the northern coast of Queensland, naming his establishment Innisfallen.  In July 1882, the small town that developed at this site was named Geraldton, creating much havoc in the postal system, owing to two places in different states sharing the same name.  All was resolved on 20 August 1910 when Geraldton (QLD) was renamed Innisfail.  This image of the old township was taken in about 1885 along the Johnstone River.

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Johnstone River

Image (Ref: API-071-0001-0001) Courtesy of State Library of Queensland

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