Thallon - A quiet place to rest....

Thallon is situated south of St.George on the Carnarvon Highway,  north of Mungindi and east of Dirranbandi.

Thallon is the base for one of the larger grain receival depots in southern Queensland.

Grazing of cattle and sheep, wool growing, broadacre farming and irrigated cotton are all industries of the district

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Francis Hotel in Pine Street
Named after Harold Francis, one of the early licensees, the hotel stands metres of the busy highway waiting to satiate your appetite for food and local history.  Serving barista made espresso coffee. View the collection of images of the local region in the Dining Room Gallery.

Write a Postcard and send to your family and friends at the Post Office within the Pub.
Stock up on information to keep your travelling at the Tourist Information stand or if you arrive later in the day, Hotel Francis offers Accommodation and "Real Deal" meals. The General Store is located within the Pub with fresh groceries and Locally Produced Eggs.

For more information on Thallon check out the Balonne Shire link here

Small Town Culture:

The colourful kids of Thallon

 

Try your luck fishing along the banks of the Moonie River. Or just bring a good book and chair to enjoy the unspoilt setting. 
 
The Thallon Amateur Fishing Club hosts an annual competition in March. They work with the Queensland Murray Darling Commission to reduce carp numbers.

Thallon fields a competitive Cricket Team “Thallon Daymar”,  bringing cricket games to Thallon over the summer.

 


Thursday Night Social Tennis is held at the Courts. 

The Thallon Progress Association meets on the first Tuesday of the month. Details available from the Post Office.

The DaymarThallon Branch of Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of the Month.  Visitors are invited to join them @ the CWA building in William Street for a cuppa from 9.30am.



Thallon Recreational Grounds -  Next to the giant grain silos, you will find the relaxed camping area of the Thallon Recreational Grounds, which includes toilets and showers. For those looking for some comforts, there is power available by contacting Thallon's Town Officer on 0427 259 095.


History- First mention of the Thallon district was made by Sir Thomas Mitchell in his diary, when he was held up by floodwaters on a sandridge by the Moonie River in 1846. At this site, a bloodwood tree where Mitchell carved his survey initials still stands today.

  



Another place of historical significance in the Thallon area is Bullamon homestead. Built in the 1860’s and it still retains its original shingle roof, slab log walls and remains of Chinese gardens. It was part of a huge station that at its peak covered over 3,102,023 acres. The word “Bullamon” is an aboriginal work meaning “largest waterhole”. The homestead was an early Cobb & Co. change-over station and appears in Steele Rudds story “The Memoirs of Corporal Kelly”. 
 
References to the Moonie River made in 1846 indicated that points between Nindigully and Dareel are the oldest land settlements within the shire of Balonne. 

 


 
 In 1911, the St.George Progress Association asked the Minister for Lands to resume “Bullamon” for closer settlement and 780 acres were gazetted as a town reserve. Development followed with stores opened and a hotel was built to cater for the employees of the railway line which had arrived from Talwood. The town was named after the Commissioner for Railways, Mr J.F. Thallon. 



The first school in Thallon was set up in a tent in August 1911; known as the Bullamon Provisional School. In August 1912, the Department of Education renamed it as Thallon School and by 1913 a school building had been erected.

Two interesting murals exist at the school. Other murals are on Gates at the Recreation Grounds.

The South Western Railway line reached the Moonie River in 1911 and was officially opened on 2nd October that year.
Diesel locomotives replaced steam trains in 1967. Historical steam trains occasionally travel on the line.
Today the rail only carries grain from the receival depot at Thallon to Brisbane. 

    


Grain production in the Thallon area began in earnest in the late 1960’s. The Wheat Board built its first permanent storage facilities in 1969.
Eight years later the initial two concrete silos were constructed, each with a capacity of 2,750 tonnes with two additional concrete silos built in 1982.
In 2013, a second grain receival depot commenced construction on the northern side of Thallon, increasing the regions grain storage capacity. 




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