Hughenden, 23 October 2020

Explorers William Landsborough and Frederick Walker were the first European explorers to lay their eyes on the vast open grassland downs to the south and the harsh basalt country north of Hughenden. A blazed historical coolabah tree stands proud as a testimony to the discovery of this region by these two famous explorers.

The first settlement was on Hughenden Station by Ernest Henry in 1863, so named from the Tudor Manor house of his grandfather in Buckinghamshire, England. Hughenden Station was later sold to Ernest Henry’s cousin Robert Gray in 1865 for £4,999.

The establishment of the Hughenden township took place in 1876 and this was officially marked by, of course, a hotel being built.

Festival of Small Halls rolls into Hughenden’s Parish Hall on Friday 23rd October with one of Australia’s most celebrated singer-songwriters Shellie Morris, along with critically acclaimed blues and roots duo Hussy Hicks.

Tickets available here

Parish Hall stands on land traditionally owned by the Yirendali People.


Please note, this event is operating in accordance with the Queensland Government COVID Safe Event Checklist. Numbers will be strictly limited.

You must not attend the event if you have COVID-19 symptoms – if you become unwell after purchasing a ticket please be reassured it can be refunded in full if you need to go and get tested. If you have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or fell unwell, please protect your community and stay home.

It is a condition of entry that physical distancing be observed.

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