The Oral Histories Project

Gulf Horizons Foundation received a grant through the Croydon Shire Council’s Regional Arts Development Fund, to conduct six (6) x Oral History recordings in the Croydon Shire, being a part of the Gulf region. Please enjoy the history on these videos.

Croydon is a historic gold-mining town situated in the heart of the Gulf Savannah. Grazing and tourism are the main industries in the area and it is located:

  • 148km west of Georgetown
  • 152km east of Normanton
  • 562km west of Cairns

The area’s natural environment of undulating savannah woodland is the focus of planned walking tracks near Lake Belmore. The lake was formed in 1995 to provide town water and provides additional benefits with the opportunity to swim, fish, ski and facilities for BBQ’s and picnics. A regular stocking program to ensure future fishing has been implemented.

The legacy of this bygone mining era remains today in the form of heritage buildings. Ongoing restoration and conservation is being carried out on a number of historical sites such as the Police Precinct with jail, Courthouse, Working Mine Museum, Chinese Temple archaeological site, Old Hospital and Town Hall.

The Gulflander railmotor (also called the Old Tin Hare) is an asset originally built to service Croydon from the Gulf port of Normanton and the specially designed metal sleepers under the rails allow the train to travel immediately after major flood waters have passed.

Indigenous Culture

The local Aboriginal community are involved in several projects including oral histories, heritage site register and investigation of new economic development opportunities along with the establishment of Aboriginal food and medicine plants as part of Anzac Federation Park, a Centenary of Federation project.

Watch some of these videos:

History of Croydon Shire
History of Etheridge Shire
Kids of the Gulf