Sunlit "Rocky View", Bororen, Queensland

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (11)

EVA_L on February 1, 2008

A beautiful picture, Yan! It is fine work! Best greetings. Eva

Ian Stehbens on February 1, 2008

Thankyou Eva.

This was taken in 1976 using my Pentax SLR. My Grandfather's brother, Dave Stehbens, selected this land in 1891 and turned it into a very successful Jersey dairy stud farm. He and his wife raised a large family here. Everything on the property was hand made by Dave: the shingle roofs, the house and buildings, the metal work, the cementwork, the fences, the wagons including wheels and axles and the harnesses, saddles and furniture. It was an amazing visit to see the remains of all this. He sold it in the 1950's after which it was simply used as a grazing paddock and the buildings were abandoned and left to decay.

I am delighted to upload this image and share it with our panoramio network and any who may find this on GE.

It gives me warm joy to discover that you were the first to find this Eva, while I was still uploading the new set of images.


EVA_L on February 1, 2008

Thanks,Yan. This is very moving history. It is remarkable, that you so carefully store memory about the olds. Best greetings. Eva

juan jose romero on February 2, 2008

Thanks for sharing, a shame it no longer exists... Juan José

Ian Stehbens on February 2, 2008

Dear Juan José and Eva,

It is a shame that the buildings have not been preserved, except in my photos. The buildings were indeed the work of a craftsman.

Family History was my principal hobby for quite a number of years, but now Panoramio seems to be taking first place. But of course, as you can see from this image from 1976, I was enjoying and applying my interest in creating pleasing photographs then.

Sometimes I think I have a lot to learn, then sometimes I think I have learnt well, and then I look back and think I haven't developed very much. Oh well I enjoy my photography as meagre as it is, and especially the opportunities to make use of it for some other purpose.

I am wondering what uses you are able to put your photography to, Eva? Juan José combines his with his painting. (By the way have you seen his website with displays of his special paintings?)

Loving regards to you both,

Ian or Yan

May Margrit B. (Swis… on February 2, 2008

Very precious indeed, Ian and what histories lying behind such photos! It must have been moving for you, photographing and imagining how the family of your grandfather's brother built up all this. A pity that none of his large family remained there. Dave must have been very old, when selling it and surely it was hard for him to leave his life work and settle somewhere else…


Ian Stehbens on February 2, 2008

Dear May,

Thankyou for expressing your empathy, compassion and appreciation of people - no matter who they are or how far removed they may be.

It was hard for him, but he retired into the nearby village of Bororen.

I have just rung one of his granddaughters whose husband died last year, and she was going downhill, she said, with out her husband, but decided to move into a wonderful hostel stlye retirement community and she is loving it. "I've hung the framed picture of Rocky View in my new home. It juts fits in so well. I couldn't do with out it." She used to spend her school holidays with her grandparents on whom she doted.

Footnote: Claus Detlef Stehbens (aka Dave Stehbens) b 30 June 1870 in Maryborough, 2nd son of immigrant parents, died Gladstone on his 86th birthday, 30 June 1956.

"Rocky View" was selected in 1891 and sold in 1953.

bevrob30 on August 1, 2008

Dear Ian,

My Name is Rob Brooks, my son Craig purchased this farm, five years ago and has since restored the barn and cottage and is currently building a house for his family. He is running Brahman cattle, I will try and get him to send me an updated photo from the same angle, which i will post up on this thread for you. Also if you have any other photos of the property i would be very interested in obtaining a copy of them via e mail if thats ok.

Hoping to hear from you.

Rob Brooks.

Ian Stehbens on August 17, 2008

Dear Rob and Craig,

What a joy it is for me to open Panoramio and read your letter. Wonderful. But let me ask you to confirm that I have correctly located the camera point on the Google Earth image. I guess it must be, if you found the image while looking at the property.

I would very much value combining the history with the present story and sharing with you. While I live in Sydney, this is enough to entice me to visit Bororen maybe even this December.

There are other images of Rocky View and the family of C D Stehbens which you may peruse on my Stehbens Family History website. Google Search "Stehbens" and you will find the site immediately. Some of Dave Stehbens grandchildren are still alive, and they spent mush time on "Rocky View".

Dave also built a house (slab and sawn stuff) on the adjacent property, which was Emery's for most of the early years, though I believe one of Dave's brothers selected it first. Last time I was there that house had been demolished but the slabs and timbers carefully stowed by the owners at the time.

Dave was a master craftsman, working competently in leather, timber, cement, iron and sheetmetal, for I have seen the evidence when I was forst there, back in 1976.

My bigpond email address you will find on the Family website so if you email me I will be able to return your correspondence.

I am very happy to phone you for a chat anytime also, so if you like send me that info in the email.



bevrob30 on August 31, 2008

Dear Ian, We think we have located your web site but no photos our email address is Rob - Craig - We would like to hear from you so that we may correspond to you via email.Eagerly awaiting your reply. Craig and Rob.

Ian Stehbens on September 3, 2008

Dear Rob, Bev and Craig,

You will have received my email message already. I will have to guide you through the website so that you are able to locate some of the Rocky View images and then I must provide further information for you.

I dream of the day when I can visit you at Rocky View.


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