IN THE KNOW: Allora and District Historical Society member Trevor Neale shared some of his favourite town tragedies.
IN THE KNOW: Allora and District Historical Society member Trevor Neale shared some of his favourite town tragedies. Chris Lines

HORRIBLE HISTORIES: Recalling Allora's bleakest tales

THE brightest spots of the "best little town on the Downs” will be celebrated during the town's 150th anniversary this weekend but Allora's history has also had its fair share of unfortunate moments.

Allora and District Historical Society member Trevor Neale recalled the town's bleakest tales, from drownings to bankruptcy.

The first European family who lived in the area in 1841 belonged to Scottish sheep trader Neil Ross who owned a property in Goomburra Station with his three daughters and son.

All was well until an encounter with the indigenous people in the Dawson Valley.

"His son was killed by a spear as he collected the horses in the morning,” Mr Neale said.

In 1858 George Downs was transporting settlers to Toowoomba when he camped overnight at Dalrymple creek.

When his horse fell into the water Mr Downs attempted to retrieve it but drowned.

He became the first European to be buried in Allora, next to the creek.

The town's first licensed businessman, William Jubb, would have his life eventually topple around him.

"Mr Jubb originally owned a blacksmith store and inn in the area but eventually took over a small hotel near the Spicer's Gap,” Mr Neale said.

"After being falsely imprisoned for assault, losing the hotel to a nasty land dispute, being robbed by prostitutes in Parramatta and his wife dying on the way to Ipswich Hospital, Mr Jubb would end up in an asylum where he died.”

A proprietor of the first hotel in the town, the Dalrymple Hotel, Martin Roggenkamp, lost his clientele to a simple traffic measure.

"After they built a bridge over the Dalrymple Creek, the most popular street went from being Drayton St to Herbert St and Mr Roggenkamp would eventually go bankrupt in 1868,” Mr Neale said.

Mr Neale's exhibitions capturing the town's timeline and policing history will be shown in the Old Shire Hall on Saturday and Sunday.



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