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    ISIS WAR MEMORIAL PRECINT

    by balhannah Updated Dec 27, 2014

    Located at the southern end of the main street, is the War Memorial precinct which includes the Shire council chambers in the Memorial Hall. Unfortunately, we were here on a weekend when it was closed, so come on a week-day if you wish to see the War Memorial room where cast bronze plaques, extensive Honour Boards, commemorative items and photos can be seen.
    The room is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm weekdays - Admission is free.

    Next to the Memorial Hall is where I viewed the marvellous black granite walls adorned with red poppies, reminding me of the Tower of London and all the porcelain poppies on display in 2014. On one of these walls, was a lone Digger (Australian Soldier) and the names of soldiers from the Isis District (Childers is part of the Isis District) who went to war and never returned. In the concrete floor are the countries where Australian soldiers have fought.

    Officially opened on Remembrance Day 2009, it was somewhere to sit and reflect on all the lives lost during unnecessary wars.

    Standing in the centre, was a massive World War 1 cannon presented to the Isis District in 1922.
    It is a "Krupp Cannon," or " Howitzer 210mm Mauser" manufactured in Essen Germany in 1916 by Fried Krupp. This cannon was captured by the Aussies in Flanders, Belgium during World War 1.
    A massive piece of machinery, it's a MUST SEE if your interested in this type of thing.
    Childers was only one of two towns in Queensland to receive such a weapon.

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    WOODGATE

    by balhannah Updated Sep 26, 2013

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    It's easy to reach Woodgate from Childers as the road is on the outskirts of town. The distance is about 38kms.

    Woodgate is the place to come to enjoy 14kms of clean sandy beach with hardly another person in sight. There isn't a lot there, although these days, I think this destination HAS BEEN DISCOVERED, as quite a few of the old Shacks had been knocked down, and new upmarket homes built in their place.
    Woodgate Caravan Park has also gone upmarket, and is very popular, so I suggest you book ahead if you want a Cabin or Powered caravan site

    I like Woodgate for the beach, walking or riding along the Esplanade, a walk through the mangroves and for fishing.

    As I didn't have a Boat to get out to the artificial reef, I fished from the beach just outside the Caravan Park. It wasn't long before I had a bite and a Winter Whiting on my line. This area seemed as good as any. A beautiful eating fish - the Flathead can be caught off the beach, even Barramundi in the hotter months!
    Pippis -cockles can be found on the beach and are good bait.
    In Theodolite creek, Flathead can be caught, and if you like Mud-crabs, this may be the place for you! Remember there are legal sizes for fish and Crabs in Queensland. You don't need a fishing licence.

    So, if you want to "get away from it all' and enjoy some peace & quiet, a Beer at the local Pub, then Woodgate might just suit you!

    NO FREE CAMPING ALLOWED

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    VERANDAHS!

    by balhannah Written Sep 26, 2013

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    I am not sure if you find this anywhere else in the World. In olden days in Australia, the underneath of the verandah was lined with pressed metal. This is usually prettily patterned, as you can see by the one in my photo.
    Now-days, pressed metal is back in fashion and is made from light-weight aluminium.

    Take a look at the verandah signs too!
    I like this one. Decayslayer..... for the Dentist!

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    THE PALACE

    by balhannah Updated Sep 26, 2013

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    The Palace was originally the Palace Hotel. The building was destroyed in the bad fire of 1902, It was rebuilt and reopened for business in 1903, and operated as the best hotel in Childers for 85 years. Back then, the cane cutters frequented the Hotel, accommodation was available, and there was a grand Ballroom.

    In the 1990s, it opened as a Backpackers Hostel. Disaster struck on 23rd June, 2000, when the building was gutted by fire, the result of arson. Fifteen backpackers died in the fire another 70 survived. It was a very sad day in Childers. Robert Paul Long deliberately set the hostel ablaze, trapping people inside. He is now serving a life sentence for murder and arson.

    In October 2002, the Palace Memorial Building was opened, attended by 12 families who had relatives killed in the fire. The restored building has a glass memorial wall with a portrait of the victims of the fire, the Childers Regional Art Gallery and the Childers Visitor Information Centre.

    The Childers Visitor Information Centre is on the ground floor
    Phone: (07) 4126 3886
    OPEN: Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday 9am – 3pm

    The Palace Backpacker’s Memorial is located on the first floor of the restored Palace Memorial Building.

    The Palace Backpackers in Childers can be contacted by phone about working holidays, secure farm and regional work. (07) 4126 2244

    WORK FOR BACK-PACKERS
    http://bckpacker.com/fruitpicking/childers

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    CHILDERS HISTORICAL VILLAGE

    by balhannah Updated Sep 26, 2013

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    The Childers Historical village is newly established, so I imagine, over time, more exhibits will be added. Even so, there are some interesting sights, like the Sugar Cane Locomotive imported from England in 1916, a cottage from Isis Central Mill which was once rented out to mill workers for only 2 shillings a week, and the old Isis Central Mill School. Plenty of interesting material and artefacts.

    OPEN between 9.00am and 12noon Monday to Friday.

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    SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Sep 26, 2013

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    The Sacred Heart Church in Childers was quite an eye-catcher! The style of the Church was very different, in-fact, it looked quite inviting, so I crossed the street to see if the doors were open. Once again, as most times in Australia, the Church doors were closed, so if you wan't to see the inside, then I suggest going one day when a service is being held.

    Sunday Masses Saturday: 6:00pm (Vigil) Sunday: 6:30am
    Weekday Masses Monday: 9:00am Wednesday: 9:00am Friday: 9:00am
    Reconciliation Saturday: 5:00pm

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    THE WILD SCOTSMAN

    by balhannah Updated Sep 25, 2013

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    It's amazing what you learn when walking the streets of Childers!

    One of the larger pavement mosaics was about the "Wild Scotsman," Queensland's only Bushranger. His real name was James Alpin McPherson (1842-1895), born in Inverness-shire, Scotland, the eldest of eight children.
    He came to Australia with his family in 1855. His law-breaking began very early in 1865 when he held a Publican up at gunpoint. He escaped and went looking for his hero "Ben Hall,' another Australian bushranger.
    He his most known for stealing a horse and beginning a career of robbing mail coaches on the roads between Maryborough, Gayndah and Gladstone, sometimes sending the stolen cheques to Governor Sir George Bowen. On 31 March 1866, the Scotsman was waiting for the mailman near Gin Gin station when he was recognized and surrendered.
    His outcome was 25 years in the penal settlement on St Helena Island, Moreton Bay. After doing his time here, he became a stockman and overseer, so perhaps the time on St. Helena did him some good. He was known in his later years for telling stories of his Bushranger days.

    If you would like to see a re-enactment of the event, then head to the town of "Gin Gin" where it's held on the fourth weekend of March every year.

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    THE PAVEMENT GALLERY

    by balhannah Written Sep 25, 2013

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    I looked up, I looked down when walking Churchill Street!
    Why you may ask?

    At my feet, was one of many mosaics created in 2005. This Pavement Gallery, consists of a total of 53 mosaic panels,
    5 mosaic nodes (Volcanic, Aboriginal, Childers Development, Regional Industries & Cultural Diversity themes) and 6 sculpture elements (Lava Man, Boobook Owl, New Arrivals, Cattle Dogs, Barrier Themes (some designed from local school student’s drawings) and Industrial Development)

    Before doing more of the walk, I went in asked for information from the Tourist Info Centre.
    They gave me a FREE BROCHURE, which included photo's and explanations.

    My first photo is of CHILDER'S CANE FIELDS - A patchwork of fields.
    Photo 2 - SUNLIGHT, WATER & RED SOIL - Early morning sun catches the water drops falling from the Irrigator and fills them with sparkling colour and light. They shower red soil, green crops, cane fires and cane trains.
    Photo 3 - NATIVE FAUNA - Kangaroos abound at Woodgate Beach. Echidnas may visit your garden. A Platypus can be found in the creeks in Isis.
    Photo 4 - WOPPI'S HORSE - Woppi would ride into Childers and sell his Pineapples and eggs. He lived with his wife Suzie in Humpty.

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    WALK CHURCHILL STREET

    by balhannah Written Sep 25, 2013

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    Churchill street is where most of the historic, heritage listed buildings are located.
    Walking along this street, I found most of the buildings quite decorative and along the same style, this is because of the 1902 fire and the rebuilding of all the buildings along the south side of Churchill Street, the side the Old Pharmacy is located.
    The new shops were made of masonry rather than timber, probably because of the fire. Most are are still quite elegant single story buildings with large glass shop fronts with decorative stained glass, some have decorative posts with cast iron infill. Every shop has a separate roof, some have classic revival pediments, urns and balustrades, all were painted quite nicely.
    Trees line the street, making this quite a nice one to walk along!

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    THE OLD PHARMACY

    by balhannah Written Sep 25, 2013

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    A step inside the Old Pharmacy is a step back in time, for in this shop, there is nothing modern!

    The Old Pharmacy was an operating business between 1894 & 1982. It was devasted by fire in 1902 and was quickly rebuilt and in service again! The original pharmacist was Thomas Gaydon, a man of several trades. His skills were Dentistry, Optometry, Anaesthesia, Veterinarian and a very keen Photographer.
    He made regular trips to the smaller inland towns with his horse & sulky, watching the roadside along the way to see if anybody was flagging him down! Of course, he never knew what to expect. He would tie his Horse to a shady tree, then see what his client wanted......Was it eyes, teeth, a sick horse???
    He could fix your teeth on the spot as he carried with him a portable dental chair., Yes, he had the "dreaded" drill too, this was operated by a foot pedal.

    Walking into this old shop with walls lined with shelves holding row upon row of beautifully coloured jars and bottles was amazing, it isn't that often that you see anything like this!
    Purple, Blue, Lavender, Green are some of the colours, probably done so to hide the contents of the bottle! Bottles of seeds and powder, some old time sweets in jars, mortars and pestles, test tubes and fine glass flasks, opticians' lenses and dentists' drills are all on display!
    Back in those days, the Pharmacist made his own medicine, often using native plants, some like Ferns, Wattles, Eucalyptus oil, seeds are still in the jars on display.
    The building itself is lovely too! Made out of local cedar, it has been highly polished and looks fantastic. Amazingly, the decorative tiled floor was laid without grout and is still intact today.
    Don't walk out the shop before viewing the Cash Register which he purchased for 60 pounds. It cost the same as a 3-bedroomed house in Childers at that time, a LOT of money! The shop even has some old Australian pound notes for me to see.

    Thomas Gaydon died in 1935, even so, the shop continued to dispense medications until 1982 when the last chemist died suddenly.

    Located in the city centre on Churchill Street, the Old Pharmacy is now a MUSEUM.
    It is ONE of only TWO INTACT EARLY CHEMIST SHOPS IN AUSTRALIA.

    A LOOK IN THE SHOP IS FREE
    OR YOU CAN
    Combine it with a guided tour and learn the history of the shop and dispensary, see demonstrations, including pill-rolling and label-making.

    OPEN 9 - 3.30pm Monday to Friday

    I thoroughly enjoyed this shop, and think it's a MUST SEE IN CHILDERS.

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    MILLENIUM PARK - KANAKA MEMORIAL

    by balhannah Written Sep 25, 2013

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    Millenium Park is a wonderful new addition to the town of Childers. Set in the centre of Childers, this park honours the work done by the Kanakas who came from the Polynesian Islands to work in the Sugar Cane fields for very little pay!

    At Millenium Park, I walked through a series of structures with written text and etchings telling the story of the Kanakas. Between 1863 and 1904 some 50,000 Kanakas came to Australia, about 15,000 of these were located between Bundaberg and Maryborough. They were harshly treated, suffered disease, poorly fed and death rates were 400% higher than white Australian workers. Despite these terrible conditions, they stayed and worked hard to help make the Australian sugar industry what it is today!
    The Park has picnic tables & chairs and a large FREE TOILET BLOCK

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    HERITAGE GIFT SHOP

    by balhannah Written Sep 24, 2013

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    Just a few step away from the Courthouse, is the Heritage Gift shop and Homestyle Café.
    Both looked inviting, especially the Café whose verandah was full of people sitting and enjoy coffees and cake - Next time for me!
    The Gift shop was once the Childers Post Office, built in 1887. Now its full of gifts!

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    THE COURTHOUSE

    by balhannah Written Sep 24, 2013

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    The Childers Courthouse is very different to what you find in most Australian Cities and Towns. Usually, they are a grand building, one of the features of the town, but here in Childers, the Courthouse is a small, modest building that is still in use today.
    Childers Courthouse was built in 1897, in the style of many built throughout Queensland at the turn of the 20th century. This was built at a time of growth during the late 1800's boom, when Childers was emerging as the flourishing centre of a sugar-growing district. You will see hundreds of acres of Sugar cane growing in this area.
    The courthouse is used for the administration of justice and as an administrative centre for a range of government services.

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    THE OLD BUTCHER SHOP

    by balhannah Written Sep 24, 2013

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    Just around the corner from the Federal Hotel, I found a historic small building known as the Old Butcher Shop. I wasn't lucky enough to find it open, so just had to admire the tiling, the wrought iron, and the old verandah from the outside. It is believed to be the first tiled butcher's shop outside Brisbane when built in 1896.
    If you are here when it's open, and are lucky enough to find the owner, then you may be lucky enough to hear about early butchering techniques and the history of the building..

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    THE GRAND HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Sep 24, 2013

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    Australian Hotels are often one of the most interesting buildings in Country towns.
    The "Grand" is one that has a tale or two to tell, and cheap meals too!
    This Hotel was originally located at the town of Horton. For some unknown reason, it was pulled down and moved in sections and re-erected in Childers, sometime prior to 1889.

    The whole town of Childers was nearly burnt to the ground in 1902, the Grand was lucky enough to survive.
    The Hotel has a few tales to tell, like the woman hanging herself in one of the guest rooms and a man allegedly being thrown from a landing because he informed on an illegal betting ring, he died !
    Now, the publicans reckon they have seen a ghost named "luke" wandering around and opening locked doors.
    In 1997, a guest reported something unusual. She said she saw a man dressed in black olden day clothes! Other guests have reported being awoken in the middle of the night by an arm being draped across their shoulders. There was no-one else in the room.

    The Hotel has accommodation, the question is DO YOU DARE TO STAY HERE!
    Rooms open onto the verandah, have fridge and fan and a kitchen available for use.
    QUEEN/TWIN from $60 night
    SINGLE from $45 night

    Check out the meal selection on the Menu on the website, it's good!

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