HISTORIC EVENT: Barbara Chapman (nee Squire), reported snow fall on her parent’s cattle station in Wharton Creek, Central Queensland on July 19, 1965. Left: the four-day forcast for Rockhampton.
HISTORIC EVENT: Barbara Chapman (nee Squire), reported snow fall on her parent’s cattle station in Wharton Creek, Central Queensland on July 19, 1965. Left: the four-day forcast for Rockhampton. Allan Reinikka

Barbara recalls snow fall in CQ as cold weather grips region

WHEN Barbara Chapman woke to snow falling on her parent's cattle station in Central Queensland almost 50 years ago, she couldn't believe her eyes.

"It was falling on the ground like little cotton buds," Barbara recalled.

"I'd never seen snow in Australia before, only when I went to England for my cousin's wedding."

Mrs Chapman (nee Squire) called The Morning Bulletin reporter based at Springsure from her family property at Wharton Creek Station that morning of July 19, 1965, to inform her of the unusual weather which made the next day's front page.

"It was 16 degrees all day, we had lots of cold weather but that was the only day snow fell," she said.

"I was collecting the mail on Sunday, the day before, and I told the owner of Buckland Plains at the time, that one of the clouds in the sky looked like a snow cloud I saw in England."

Mrs Chapman said she had held onto the newspaper from that day, which she said was a year full of many severe weather events.

"It was our biggest drought, record cold and dust storms that year," she said.

"I would get up at 5am and I still had to feed 15 poddy calves and 500 head of cattle every day."

Further down the front page of that day's Morning Bulletin, torrential rain was reported across south-east Queensland.



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