Diamantina Shire

Diamantina Shire, an area of 94,832 sq km, is in the extreme west of Queensland, with Poeppel Corner (the intersection of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland borders) as its south-westerly point. It was named after the Diamantina River encountered by Burke and Wills in 1860 and thought to be a continuation of Eyre Creek. It was left unnamed until John McKinlay crossed it in 1862 and named it the Mueller. Four years later William Landsborough renamed it the Diamantina, after Lady Diamantina Roma, wife of Queensland's first Governor, Sir George Bowen.

Further Reading: 

A.M. Duncan-Kemp, Our sandhill country: nature and man in south-western Queensland, Sydney, Angus & Robertson, 1933

John Maddock, Mail for the back of beyond, Kenthurst, NSW, Kangaroo Press, 1986

M. Ryan, ed, Discovery guide to outback Queensland, South Brisbane, Queensland Museum, 2003


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