Eton Vale Camp on Toowoomba - Stanthorpe (Southern) line, Queensland

 
  Noel James Beginner

Hello

I am doing some family history research about one of my great-great-grandfathers who we believe worked for the railway at the time he died in 1877 at "Eton Vale Camp".

I understand the Railways at the time established substantial 'camps' while lines were being constructed and that these remained in place for some time. The Southern Line from Toowoomba was being extended from Warwick to Stanthorpe at the time he died so we think he may have been working on that.

We know that Eton Vale was the name of a very large squatters run just south of Toowoomba so assume the 'camp' may have been within its boundaries. (If so, the camp was a long way north of Warwick - Stanthorpe).

Am hoping that someone might know something more about the precise location of the camp - and what life on these camps would have been like?

I can find no other reference to "Eton Vale Camp" in newspapers of the day or other common archives searches.

Regards

Noel

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  5915 Chief Commissioner

Eton vale was the original pastoral run in which the township of Cambooya was established and remains today.  There is also a roadhouse on the New England Highway which identifies with the locality of Eton Vale about 3 km east of Cambooya.  It is possible that the railway camp was nearby at Cambooya adjacent Hodgson's Creek which passes close to the present day settlement.

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  br30453 Chief Train Controller

Hello

I am doing some family history research about one of my great-great-grandfathers who we believe worked for the railway at the time he died in 1877 at "Eton Vale Camp".

I understand the Railways at the time established substantial 'camps' while lines were being constructed and that these remained in place for some time. The Southern Line from Toowoomba was being extended from Warwick to Stanthorpe at the time he died so we think he may have been working on that.

We know that Eton Vale was the name of a very large squatters run just south of Toowoomba so assume the 'camp' may have been within its boundaries. (If so, the camp was a long way north of Warwick - Stanthorpe).

Am hoping that someone might know something more about the precise location of the camp - and what life on these camps would have been like?

I can find no other reference to "Eton Vale Camp" in newspapers of the day or other common archives searches.

Regards

Noel

Noel,

I remember being asked a similar question many years back about the whereabouts of a camp on the Southern Line.

The person's making the enquiry insisted that, as their ancestor worked on the railway south of Warwick, the camp must have been south of there.

However after many searches we found a record on an old plan and it was definitely north of Warwick.

Wether it was a permanent camp for the family and the workers travelled to temporary camps nearer the worksite who can say.

So I would advise you to look at the old Working Plan and Section books held at The Ipswich Workshops Rail Museum as these may have the camp marked on them.
Noel James

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