Boyne Island

Boyne Island, a residential and industrial town, is 10 km south-east of central Gladstone. It is separated by narrow channels from the mainland and is bordered by the Boyne River to its south-east. It is named after the river, which was charted by John Oxley in 1823.

Boyne Island was the province of squatters from the 1850s until 1863, when the first pastoral lease was granted. Government resumptions in the 1870s opened much of the land to selection, and further leasehold. Resumptions in 1883 resulted in the establishment of farming and agricultural selections.

Further Reading: 

Lorna McDonald, Gladstone: city that waited, Brisbane, Boolarong Publications, 1988


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