Kirrama Range Road, Lumholtz, 1937. During the Depression, the Queensland Department of Forestry built three major access roads: the Kirrama Range Road, Kuranda-McKenzie’s Pocket-Black Mountain Road and Robson’s Creek Road at Dunbulla. The Unemployment Relief Fund covered three fifths of the total cost, which was carried out by the full-time employed at award rates and conditions. These images show works conducted on the Kirrama Range Road which would provide access to approximately 100 million feet of timber. Works such as this were a vital source of employment during the Depression. They also resulted in the modification of vast tracts of land. Queensland parliamentary papers, vol 2, 1937  

Collection of the University of Queensland Library

Queensland’s historical landscape encapsulates the tension between threat and survival.

Searching for work, c1932. Reprinted in Sunday Sun (Brisbane), 4 October 1987. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

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