Slideshow: Johnson photos of Rural Queensland in the early 1900s

A true life Story of a Yorkshire family’s migration to a new life, in the country at Gracemere, Queensland

This is the life of Harry Elmar Johnson born in Nunburnholme, Yorkshire, England.His father Henry and mother Ellen (nee Marrison) give a written report of their journey to Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia on the ship “Dacca” in 1887. Henry also tells of the trials of settling into a new country with his young family. He died in 1907 at the age of 55 years

Harry Elmar Johnson (known as Elmar) wrote for years about his daily life in this new country and he was a avid photographer, leaving many glass plates, prints and negatives, for the current generation.

Elmar’s diaries make great reading as it tells of the hard life these people experienced. He tells of the style of life in those early years from 1907 until 1952.

Below are a selection of Johnson photos, which illustrate that life. This is just a taster there are more and better photoes in the archive – but……

Just sit back, relax and enjoy


Connie Johnson – 2002



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