Historical Places
The Brisbane Courier, 7 July 1879
The following reserves are proclaimed: ... for township purposes on the Windorah Billabong, Gregory South district, resumed from the Hammond Downs and Hammond Downs West runs, area 4 square miles...

The Capricornian, 26 May 1883
Picturesquely situated near one of the main channels of Cooper's Creek — Stony Point, now famous as Windorah — has long been a favourite camping ground for carriers, drovers, and travellers en route for the Diamantina and great "Never Never" country.

The township is built on a slight elevation composed of fine red sand, and is in the heart of a district abounding in all the grasses and edible herbs which have made the Barcoo country so famous - such as Mitchell, blue grass, wild cabbage and spinach, salt and cotton bush, with a thousand other varieties well known to the squatter and stockman. There is no trace of that bugbear of the "monkey man" (grass seed), and marsupials are so scarce that Mr. Ashby, the Board's clerk, is literally enjoying a sinecure. There is no dearth of water, as the hundred and one channels of Cooper's Creek testify; and as this famous creek receives the waters of the Diamantina, Mayne, Farrer's Creek, Thompson, Whitula Cceek, and Barcoo, the supply is perennial. The distance from Bogantungan is about 420 miles, and from the north-eastern border of South Australia 200 miles. The stations in the vicinity are — Hammond Downs (15 miles), Tenham (40 miles), Palpara (135 miles), Morney (90 miles), Kerroongooloo (40 miles), Retreat (— miles), Galway Downs (10 miles), Inchella (13 miles), Whitula (30 miles), Mallendry (16 miles), Ianbar (70 miles), and Curraivilla (105 miles). These stations, though at present used chiefly as fattening runs for cattle for the Adelaide and Melbourne markets, will at no distant date be converted into sheep runs, and have already attracted the attention of several southern capitalists, whose emissaries have repeatedly expressed in most unqualified terms their delighted surprise on inspecting the country. Sheep have already been introduced at Daroo, some 140 miles west of the township, and are doing well, but as the owners are patrons of kanaka labour the prosperity oi the district is not materially affected. The famous Cooper's Creek opals are found near Kerroongooloo, some 70 miles off, and salt of the finest quality is brought by bollock and horse teams from the Diamantina lakes.

No less than five mails per week reach the township, which is also the terminus of Forster's coach line from Thargomindah. Windorah boasts a resident population of twenty-two adult Europeans, four Chinamen, and about twenty aboriginals, whose camp is about half a mile away. The latter are chiefly employed by the whites as shepherds and stock men. There are two general stores and a like number of hotels, one the Western Star, being kept by Mr. E. Mannars (an old resident of Will's Creek) the other— the Cosmopolitan— by Mr. Thomas Costello.

The stores are owned by Messrs. W. and J. Whitman, the Barcoo pioneers, and Mr. T. Costello, the hotelkeeper. Everything from a needle to an anchor can be procured in the township, and Messrs. Whitman are erecting large receiving stores to meet the increased demands of the district. Messrs. Whitman's forge and wheelwright shop are situated at the entrance of the township, and four mechanics are continually employed. The timber is procured from the banks of the Cooper's Creek billabongs, and the carriers speak in high terms of its durability for waggon work. The buildings are principally composed of
pise with iron roofs, and both in appearance and durability are little inferior to brick erections. There is a police barracks at the further end of the town, at which three constables and one trooper are stationed. The harrowing details of the late case tried in Rockhampton, Regina v. Parker, may tend to give the public an outrageous idea of the state of the morality of the district, but in fact Windorah, like all outside settlements, presents bad as well as good features, and we are indebted to the colony of New South Wales for the 'dramatis personae' of the late tragedy.

Although so far from that centre of civilisation— Rockhampton, the inhabitants of Windorah live much like the rest of the world, namely— on what they can get. It is not just customary to dine on pork fattened with half caste piccannies, as might be supposed by the evidence of the black gin "Jenny", in the case referred to. On the contrary, most of the usual table luxuries are to be had here in profusion— beef, mutton, fish, game, and poultry being the ordinary articles of diet, whilst the ubiquitous Chinaman provides us with vegetables and fruit of the finest quality, the rich red loam of the district being specially adapted for their production.

Grass and water are to be found in great abundance for miles on the road, and several of the carriers delivering loading here are taking contract work for a few months, with a view of giving their cattle a spell on country renowned for its fattening properties, and which is now looking its best. The township will shortly be the great emporium for wool and station supplies from and to south-western Queensland and South Australia, and as the position of the Post and Telegraph Office has already been marked out, when the telegraph line is completed Windorah will be, further important as the terminus of the great western telegraph system.

The camel teams from Farina, S.A., have not re-appeared, and the difficulty of traversing the roads from South Australia does not compensate the speculative hawker, who has to contend with such veterans as Whitman Bros.

The Windorah Racing Club has arranged a capital programme for their first meeting, which takes place early in September. The chief events are— Maiden Plate £30, Hurdle Race £40, and Windorah Handicap £100. Total amount of added money being about £320. Windorah, May 8, 1883.
Windorah (Stony Point)