Tinana Creek and the barrage, Maryborough, Queensland

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Tinana Barrage on Tinana Creek provides water for irrigation of sugarcane crops in the vicinity of the town of Maryborough. It only has an in-channel storage of 4750ML but some water flows to it from a irrigation channel from the Mary River upstream of Maryborough. Almost all the time it is at full supply level.

In August 1865, some of the Maryborough leaders formed the Maryborough Sugar Company with a Mauritian sugar planer as the manager and a 1000acre area of forest 7kms upstream from this scene on Tinana Creek. The land was cleared and planted principally by the labours of young male immigrants who arrived from Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) on "Sophie" on 30 August 1865. The young men and some single girls were recruited directly from the vessel that brought them into Maryborough, and they ate their first meal from a half-coconut shell at midnight 30 Aug 1865 on the bank of Tinana Creek.

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Comments (4)

C haydeé on March 15, 2012

Hola Ian :

¡Excelente serie de imágenes aéreas!

¡Gran toma de la represa!Me gusta y favorita

Saludos desde Argentina. Chaydeé.

pradeep kumar chatte… on March 15, 2012

A very beautiful view & photo I like!!! it.well done great composed.with best wishes. Greeting from India.pradeep

Ian Stehbens on March 16, 2012

I am very pleased that you are enjoying the aerial images of my part of the world, Chaydeé. Thanks for the awards you have given to this image. There will be more, for my son is a pilot and I get the opportunity to fill a vacant seat.

Warm regards from Brisbane.


Ian Stehbens on March 16, 2012

Thank you Pradeep.

I am very happy to share the photos from my special flight with you. It is a great way of seeing the landscape. Watching the landform processes, the patterns of economic activity and reading the history of a landscape are all exciting.

Warm regards,


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