CHARLEVILLE'S HISTORY - A SNAPSHOT
For thousands of years the aboriginal people lived and cared for the land.
1847: Edmund Kennedy was the first white person to explore the area.
1858: A.C. Gregory Explored the area.
1862: Explorer William Landsborough came through the area when searching for Burke, Wills & King.
1865: 2650 acres set aside for a township.
1868: Charleville named after a town in Ireland by Surveyor W.A. Tully.
1876: First Cobb & Co Service to Charleville from Roma.
1879: Murweh Shire was created to include Charleville, Augathella, Morven & Cooladdi.
1886: Cobb & Co built their largest and last remaining coach making factory in Charleville.
1886: First Artesian Bore drilled.
1888: Rail reached Charleville from Brisbane.
1902: Steiger Vortex Rainmaking Gun Experiment carried out.
1919: Aviators Ross & Keith Smith landed in Charleville.
1920: Closure of Cobb & Co Factory.
1922: QANTAS first service departs Charleville.
1922: Poppa Corones supplied the first in-flight meal on a QANTAS flight.
1935: Radio 4VL started broadcasting in Charleville.
1942: Control of the Charleville Airport handed over
to the US Air force.
1943: Royal Flying Doctor starts operations in Charleville.
1947: Hail storm blankets Charleville in white.
1951: Worst bushfires ever recorded threatens Charleville.
1959: Princess Alexandra visits Charleville.
1965: First diesel locomotive comes to Charleville.
1966: School of the Air commences operation.
1990: Worst flood on record hits Charleville peaking at 8.54m.
1997: Second worst flood on record hits Charleville
peaking at 7.4m.
1992: Commencement of public Star Gazing in Charleville.
2003: Commencement of Levee Bank construction.
2003: Opening of Charleville Cosmos Centre & Observatory.
2005: New bore sunk [1068 metres deep].
2006: Kangaroo Processing plant opens.
2007: Charleville Mulgalands Botanical Reserve identified.
2008: Charleville floods again.
2009: Word War 2 USA Air Base ruins identified.
2010: Charleville Floods again.
2011: New flood gates erected.
2013: Bradley’s gully diversion completed.