Blackall Jackie Howe Memorial Statue
Blackall is home to an impressive statue of Australia’s most famous sheep shearer, Jackie Howe. Spend a day getting to know Jackie and the history behind this iconic Australian outback town at this charming memorial and gallery, with historic displays and beautiful gardens. You’ll love learning more about this glorious chapter in Australia’s pre-Federation story.
Why visit the Jackie Howe Memorial?
A rock star of his time, Jackie Howe rose to popularity in 1892 when an Australia-wide competition was held to discover the country’s greatest sheep shearer. Jackie set a record of 321 sheep shorn in 7 hours and 40 minutes, winning 2 gold medals and writing his way into the history books. He later set another record, with 237 sheep shorn with electric shears.
This record was unbeaten for 58 years! Pre-Federation Australia was a place built on hard work, mateship and mythology. Many towns enjoyed developing a unique identity through lively stories of local heroes. Jackie Howe is an important part of this love of local colour for the Blackall region. Visit his memorial statue and the gallery detailing his life and achievements to get a glimpse of this special part of Australian history.
Things to do in Blackall Queensland
Apart from the Jackie Howe statue, you’ll want to set some time aside to wander through the Universal Garden Centre on your visit to Blackall. Built as a replica of the Universal Hotel, where Jackie Howe became publican in 1900, the centre shows off the distinctive colonial architecture of the time.
Inside, you’ll find historical displays that detail other aspects of the town’s history, including the Black Stump legend and the amazing dinosaur fossils that have been found in the area. You can also learn more about the Mitchell Grass Downs, the largest grassy ecosystem in the country.
After you’ve visited the gallery, take a relaxing walk outside in the beautiful gardens. You’ll come away with a greater understanding of Australian outback towns like Blackall and the amazing communities that keep them thriving.
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