The land around Charleville was inhabited as early as 1847, but it wasn’t until 1865 when the region started to flourish and became a town. For a long time its commerce came from the coaching business, before modern railways developed. Charleville was also the location where Clement Lindley Wragge famously tried to break the long drought by firing cannons into the cloud (which, regrettably did not solve anything, but are still on display to this day). In modern times, Charleville is famous for its astrological society and Cosmos Centre, and also for its wildlife sanctuary as a safe haven for the endangered Australian bilbies, and its Charleville District Show in June.
Charleville is 750 km (8.5 hr drive) west of Brisbane and 500 km (5.5 hr drive) south of Longreach.
View the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships online portal to identify the Indigenous language group/s for Charleville.
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