Surat, a rural town on the Balonne River, south-central Queensland, is 380 km west of Brisbane and 70 km south of Roma. The area was explored by the New South Wales Surveyor-General, Sir Thomas Mitchell, in 1846, who travelled along the Balonne River. A year later Thomas Hall occupied Yambungal the first of numerous pastoral stations in the area that was classified as Maranoa East.

Further Reading: 

G.O. Armstrong, The changing years: a history of the Shire of Warroo incorporating Bendemere Shire history, Fortitude Valley, W.R. Smith and Paterson for the Warroo Shire Council, 1970


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