The town is also famous as the former home of Jackie Howe
- a sheep shearer who set the world record for shearing with hand
shears in its day. When he retired he bought and run the Universal
Hotel - a pub that does not exist anymore, but a facade that is similar
to the original one is behind his statue in the main street. The
building contains a museum and a souvenir shop.
Blackall is also one of the towns in Australia, and the only one in
Queensland, that claims to be the place of the original "Black
There are different theories and the full truth behind the historical
expression is not fully known, but in modern meaning (and
historical theories) it means that beyond the black stump is (or was in
its day) no civilisation.
Black Stump sign. by deepwarren via Flickr.com
Here's a map of the town. You can
anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places
closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the
satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand
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find words like "traveller", "harbour" and "realise", and they are all
correct in the language used in Australia.
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