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Snow in Stanthorpe Queensland and surrounds

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HISTORICAL SNOW FALLS IN STANTHORPE QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA

snow stanthorpe 1925

99 pages of information from Roberts research !!!!
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Author : ROBERT MacMAURICE
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August 2011..
STANTHORPE

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Snow in and about Stanthorpe in the Newspaper Records

1863 – 2010

Introduction:– Wallangarra might not agree with the emphasis in the title of this booklet, nor might a few other towns in the region. The truth is that this book is really about observed snowfalls in Queensland. Stanthorpe though, lives on its reputation for coldness, and so the title.

Stanthorpe is situated at just over 800 metres altitude and more regular coverage of snow occurs in the Australian Alps above 1500 metres. In Tasmania, the New South Wales highlands and West Australia’s Stirling Ranges, snow usually occurs annually above 1000 metres. Snowfall at sea level anywhere in Australia is very rare.

Snow has been recorded falling as far north as Eungella National Park, west of Mackay and surprisingly, in Brisbane and as far west as Cunnamulla. It has fallen as early as May and as late as November, in some years, around Stanthorpe. Some of the most widespread snow events have occurred in July 1882, July 1901, July 1949, July 1965 and July 1984.

In this compilation you will note errors and contradictions. I have included them as they were originally published, in chronological order. One notable report is of snowfall in Stanthorpe on 25 December 1927. I have a suspicion that this may be a confusion with frost, which occurs (not commonly) throughout Summer in this region.

Stanthorpe wasn’t settled until 1872, with the discovery and mining of tin and so newspaper reports of snow falls don’t occur before then, for the town. Toowoomba, and Warwick were settled in the 1840’s and 1850’s, and there were also large pastoral stations in the region, including, Ballandean, Maryland, Pikedale, Glen Lyon, Toolburra, Canning Downs, Folkestone, Rosenthal, Nundubbermere, which were all taken up around the 1840’s and later, after Alan Cunningham’s explorations of 1827. I am aware that there are journals, and diaries and letters, that could potentially expand this record in addition to the sources I have used.

Robert MacMaurice,
Stanthorpe, August 2011.

6 August 1863 – (From the Darling Downs Gazette, August 6.)
TOOWOOMBA AND DRAYTON
The Weather is uncommonly cold. Yesterday snow fell on the outskirts of the town, and at present there is every appearance of rain.
From The Courier, Monday 10 August 1863, page 3

16 November 1865 – WE are informed that on Thursday morning the weather at Toowoomba was very cold, and that later in the day there was a heavy fall of
snow. It may be true.
From The Rockhampton Bulletin and Central Queensland Advertiser, Saturday 18 November 1865, page 2

15 August 1872 – THE Tenterfield, Star, of Thursday, states that on the previous Saturday there was a fall of snow, the first that had been experienced in that part of New England for many years.
From The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 21 August 1872, page 2

TENTERFIELD.
(From the Tenterfield Star, August 15.)  
THE WEATHER -Rain, snow, and sunshine have alternated during the past week-a gentle fall of rain having taken place on Friday last, while on Saturday there was a slight fall of snow-the first for many years in this district-and since that time Sol has taken supreme command. For coldness, some of the past few nights have eclipsed any hitherto experienced this winter.
From The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tuesday 20 August 1872, page 3

4 October 1872 – The weather at Dalby (the Herald of Saturday states) was generally fine, although cloudy, during the last week, the cold wintry winds having at length subsided. Snow fell in New England, New South Wales, during the latter portion of the previous week, which may account for the cold westerly winds that prevailed here at that time.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 14 October 1872, page 2

8 July 1874 – Stanthorpe. [FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] July 8.
UP to the end of last week we had to endure continuous driving rain from the south-west for several days. This has flooded out the claims on the Severn River, and the several works of Messrs. Potier, Beazley, and others, are at a stand-still, but as water was much wanted at the heads of the workings, the claims on Lode
Creek and Sugarloaf will keep up the average yield of ore—say 100 tons per week. It is cold here—true New England weather. The Tenterfield Plain was covered with snow. And now that the frosts have again set in, we look forward to a term of dry, hard weather. At a meeting of the subscribers to the hospital, on Friday, the following gentlemen were elected as committee men :—
Messrs. Spriggs, Cardew, Pillar, M’Knight, George Hawe, Sheehan, Gallway, Tevlin, Quinlan, Boland. The Minister for Land has promised to throw open agricultural lands in the vicinity—the sooner the better ; our cattle are starving for want of accommodation paddocks and green food. Trade is steady ; wages good, and constant employment.
From The Queenslander. Saturday 11 July 1874, page 9

30 September 1874 – The weather at Stanthorpe during the past week has been as various as the editor of a country paper could desire. The local journal evidently lacks descriptive power, or it would have made a good column out of the magnificent material compressed into the following paragraph: – Friday and Saturday nights were the most terrific, and very heavy rain fell. The wind accompanying each storm was extremely fierce, but the most destructive gust of wind occurred on Sunday evening, when not only were many buildings denuded of their bark coverings, but largo limbs were broken from trees and carried some distance away ; trees torn lip by the roots, &c. On Wednesday afternoon last, however, the greatest phenomenon of the season occurred. At about -1 o’clock the sky became clouded, and a storm was evidently gathering in the north. Nothing more than a few drops of rain, accompanied by thunder and lightning, however, passed over town ; but not so, it appears, in the vicinity of the Blue Mountain, and Mount Marlay, where, we are informed, an extraordinary hailstorm occurred, reaching within about a mile of town, followed by a fall of snow. After the storm had subsided, the depth of hail at Mount Marlay, we are informed, was fully an average of six inches all round the space upon which it fell, and a prospecting-dish placed outside by a Chinaman during the fall was filled in ten minutes. The fall of snow evidently followed after dark, as a resident in that locality informs us its depth, early on Thursday morning, was over six inches in places. It is indeed strange that the town should have escaped this visitation when it fell so heavily within a mile’s distance. Steady rain set in yesterday afternoon, with every appearance of continuation.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 5 October 1874, page 3

28 July 1875 – Our Stanthorpe contemporary says –The weather during the week has been unusually severe rain, wind, and even snow being the prevailing, elements. In the Wylie Creek district, we are informed, snow fell thickly on Tuesday morning last, and at Sugarloaf also, though not so plentiful. In Stanthorpe, the unusual visitation was experienced between the hours of 12 and 1 on Wednesday morning, and in the afternoon of the same day a few light snow flakes fell. The rain was heaviest on Monday night and Tuesday, and caused the water in Quart Pot to flow over the new causeway, and considerably impede traffic for some hours The appearance of the sky last night was, however, prognosticative of fine weather, and the cold piercing wind had somewhat abated.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 2 August 1875, page 3

3 June 1878 – THE weather during the past few days has (says the Stanthorpe Miner) been extremely cold. On Monday last snow fell within a few miles of Stanthorpe, and the bleak wintry winds all round created perhaps a greater desire for ” home and fireside” than most other attractions of the domestic roost. Since then, however, the unusual severity of the nocturnal visitations of Jack Frost have in some degree been assuaged by the genial influence of Old Sol by day.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 10 June 1878, page 3

27 July 1878 – Stanthorpe. [from our own correspondent.] July 29. There has been as great a dearth of news here lately as of water; even the weather has not given us much to talk about. There was, however, a slight diversion on Friday evening – lightning and thunder from the south-west, followed by a night’s steady rain. Saturday was a miserably cold day, rain and sleet in Stanthorpe, with snow all along the outskirts of the town. At Herding Yard and Broadwater, the fall of snow was sufficient to warrant the youngsters to indulge in a miniature snow-balling. The native youths resident in Stanthorpe, are quite envious of the favor shown to the outsiders, who have the veritable snow to gladden their sight, whilst the town boys say they have to endure the cold but do not have the pleasure of witnessing that which to them would be a novelty – a fall of snow.
From The Brisbane Courier, Saturday 3 August 1878, page 6

3 May 1879 – The weather since my last has been exceedingly changeable – sunshine, rain, frost, sleet, and even snow, constituting the atmospheric variations. The people of Stanthorpe had not the pleasure (!) of witnessing the latter rarity, but at Maryland and other outlying places, I am informed, a smart fall of snow followed the general fall of sleet which occurred on Saturday last. The past two or three days have been pleasant, though somewhat cold, especially at night. By-the-way, I had almost forgotten to mention that, in addition to the above variety of weather, Monday last was marked by a thunder storm, and in parts of the district was accompanied by heavy hail. Judging from appearances, a comparatively wet and cold winter may be counted upon.
From The Brisbane Courier, Saturday 10 May 1879, page 6

8 July 1879 – As shown by the official reports for the twenty-four hours ended at 9 o’clock on Saturday morning, there was no change in the general state of the weather throughout the colony, cloudless skies with frost in the more elevated districts being the rule. The stations reporting actual frost were Nanango, Warwick, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi, Teningering, and Nebo. At Spring Creek snow is said to have fallen. The official reports received yesterday morning showed no change in the weather generally. Frosts were experienced at Warwick, Stanthorpe, and Mitchell Downs, and cold weather at many of the other stations in the west. There was also frost at Nanango, Gayndah, and Clermont. During yesterday afternoon the weather’ was cloudy in Brisbane, the wind having shifted to the south-east, and one or two light showers fell.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 14 July 1879, page 2

12 August 1879 – STANTHORPE. August 12.
THE weather has to all appearance cleared up at last, after a season of almost continuous rain unknown in this district for some years past. It ceased on Thursday last, and was followed on Friday by sleet and snow ; the former continuing throughout the greater part of the day, accompanied by a cold westerly wind, the whole producing a somewhat remarkable effect upon the human visage, especially noticeable of the proboscis. With the exception of a few flying scuds of a light character, it has remained fine since Friday, with comparatively warm and pleasant days, and it is sincerely to be hoped it may
continue so for a couple of months at least. As might naturally be expected, the main roads and all thoroughfares throughout the district are in a frightful state of bogginess, and almost impassable in places. More especially apparent is this on the Warwick and Stanthorpe road, on account of the immense amount of heavy dray traffic, and it is absolutely necessary that a large amount of money should
be spent upon it without delay. It is with extreme difficulty, and due solely to the indefatigable and praiseworthy conduct of Cobb and Co.’s driven, that regularity of arrival of the daily coach has been maintained during the past couple of weeks, and even the most strenuous efforts of the “man on the box” on Wednesday last failed to carry him through, and he was compelled to succumb to the impeding influence of the thousands of bottomless quagmires existing between Stanthorpe and the Gap, arriving at Warwick about 12 o’clock the following day. From this cause, we received no mail on Thursday, and some displeasure was
occasioned thereby, the general impression being that, in the absence of flooded creeks, a loose mail might have been sent along at the usual hour in the morning.
From The Queenslander, Saturday 16 August 1879, page 19

3 July 1880 – Laidley District – Mt Mistake. Started 2pm to 10 pm. 2 to 3 inches deep. Still on ground in sheltered areas until afternoon following day.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

STANTHORPE. July 7.
The weather during the past fortnight has been extremely cold, the frosts of the last two or three nights being the most severe experienced for several years past, though, happily, the days are mostly warm and pleasant, with comparatively few visitations of the cold westerly winds so prevalent during winter time in this elevated region. The nights and mornings are extremely cold. Very severe frosts continue, and it is said that a heavy fall of snow has taken place about twenty miles from Warwick. Rain is much needed.
From The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser, Thursday 22 July 1880, page 3

15 July 1880 – It was said that sleet, and even a few flakes of snow, fell in Toowoomba. I did not see either ; but it was cold enough for them.
From The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser, Thursday 15 July 1880, page 3

The nights and mornings are extremely cold. Very severe frosts continue, and it is said that a heavy fall of snow has taken place about twenty miles from Warwick. Rain is much needed.
From The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser, Thursday 22 July 1880, page 3

July 1881 – Killarney – Snowfall made with snow in the spouting of house. Did not lay on ground for any length of time.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

23 September 1881 – Stanthorpe (from our correspondent) 28th September. … As I wired you on Friday last, we experienced a somewhat unusual occurrence on the same morning in the shape of a snow fall, and the weather has since been alternately hot and cold, but now the Summer has, to all appearance, set in, and a most prolific crop of indigenous grass is inevitable, whilst our farmers und gardeners may fairly anticipate a good return for their labour.
From The Brisbane Courier, Friday 30 September 1881, page 3

27 July 1882 – The reported fall of snow in Brisbane last Thursday week has been confirmed by many persons who witnessed it. The snow was most noticeable in Woolloongabba; but in Stanley-street, South Brisbane, it was sufficiently heavy
to allow of people wiping it from their clothing. In the vicinity of the museum the fall was, though very slight, plainly noticeable. The wind was at the time blowing pretty strongly from the west, with the thermometer at 52° Fahr. It is said that snow fell in this city thirty-five years ago, and that the summer following the
period of the fall was remarkable for its excessive heat.
From The Queenslander, Saturday 5 August 1882, page 165

VERY EXCEPTIONAL WEATHER TOOWOOMBA. On Thursday last, shortly before noon, the weather showed every sign of snow being near at hand, and a cloud in the south-western sky looked very like as if it was heavy with it. The weather-wise were not deceived in the slightest by these appearances, for towards 12 o’clock light flaky snow began to flit about, and these were followed by unmistakable drifting showers of real snow. As might have been expected, everyone ran to the street to see the sight, and the children of all the State schools who happened to be out at recreation at the time, were in complete ecstasies over getting a sight of genuine snow. There was not sufficient however, to enable them to indulge in snow-balling, as was the case in Warwick, although it fell with such force against windows that children were able to collect it in their hands. Spring Hill-road was quite white, as were also the footpaths in some parts of the town. Yesterday there was also a light fall of snow in the morning, and on the Mort Estate the ground was white. From our telegrams it will be seen that in Warwick, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi, and Leyburn snow showers also fell; and we learn that at Clifton Plains about 2in of snow covered the ground, The fall in this town is the first that has been experienced within the recollection of the oldest resident, and was subject of comment with everybody. The weather still keeps piercingly cold.- Chronicle.
IPSWICH.-The weather for the past two or three days has been the most unpleasant experienced during the whole of what, so far, has been a comparatively mild winter. On
Thursday bitterly cold and piercing westerly winds blew, and those who had experience in frigid climates expressed the opinion that it was snowing somewhere not far off. In the
afternoon the peculiar appearance of the clouds in the south and south-west was noted, and it seems probable that at the time a light snow-storm was being experienced at no great distance from the town. In several places on the Downs a fall of snow actually occurred; at Stanthorpe especially, it fell heavily, and in Warwick the streets were white with it. In Ipswich, if we had not actually crystal snow, we had the nearest approach yet seen to it. In the afternoon a few drops of water fell; it could not be called rain, and was evidently caused by snowflakes which had thawed in falling. Not only in the town but in several parts of West Moreton this novel occurrence was noted. At about 4 o’clock what was evidently a snow-storm was seen in the direction of Cunningham’s Gap, on the Main Range, the sky presenting the peculiar appearance it does when such an occurrence takes place. Thursday was, we verily believe, so far as Ipswich is concerned, the coldest day on record. As an instance of the unusual degree of cold experienced, Mr. F. Whitehead, of the ‘Frisco Photo Company, has shown us a phial containing glacial acetic acid in a frozen and solid state. This acid, we are informed, freezes with 2 degrees less of cold than water does, or at 34 degrees Fahrenheit, but retains its crystalline form up to 45 degrees. That shown us was kept in a safe or case in the studio, and had evidently frozen with the cold of Thursday. It seems that a degree of heat equal to 45 degree Fahrenheit had not reached it during the whole of yesterday, which was not so cold as Thursday, but sufficiently so to be decidedly unpleasant, especially to those confined indoors without a fire or exercise to promote warmth. – Times. In last issue we (Western Star of 29th July) ventured to express anticipations of an early Spring. The weather has since changed, and strong cold westerly winds have set in, recalling to mind the chilly days of last winter. On Thursday there was snow in Toowoomba, and we do not think the “oldest inhabitant” of that region ever saw snow there before. It is seventeen years since there was snow in
Warwick, and that which; fell on Thursday came, in the nature of a new sensation. There has been no snow in Roma, but the winds quite cold enough for it.
The Warwick Examiner of Saturday last writes: – “We are just now experiencing wintry weather of more than usual severity. The past week has been characterised by strong Westerly winds of’ extreme coldness. On Thursday this had its climax in a downfall of snow, on which day several showers fell. There was one a little after 12 o’clock, another about 2, and a third shower about 4. All were light, but there was no mistaking the fact that it was snow. Young colonials who had never seen anything of the kind before were highly amused, while old residents who had seen snow in the old country hailed the appearance of it here as that of an old acquaintance. Warwick has not been singular, however. At Stanthorpe snow fell, and the highest points of the Dividing Range are said to have had for a short time quite a white coating of snow.” The Dalby Herald of Saturday last says:- “The weather has been very cold during the last two days, a sharp cutting westerly wind making things very uncomfortable. On Thursday a smart shower of snow fell, the first that many eyes had seen for some years. There was a sharp frost on Thursday night.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 31 July 1882, page 3 and 4 and also refer, The Argus, Tuesday 8 August 1882, page 10

13 August 1883 – TENTERFIELD, MONDAY.
A fire occurred to-day destroying a barn containing seven tons of hay, the property of Mr. C. A. Lee. The railway delegates leave at the end of the week. They
will interview the Minister for Works in reference to the Tenterfield and North Grafton railway on the 24th instant. The return of tin ore, which left Stanthorpe for Brisbane during the month of June was 140 tons, nearly all of this being from the New England mines. The border traffic is increasing at an alarming rate. It is estimated that it will reach fully £300,000 in value this year. The weather is bitterly cold, with a strong westerly wind blowing all day, accompanied with sleet and snow.
From The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 14 August 1883, page 8

July 1884 – Killarney – Heaviest known fall of snow in district to date. Fell on Thursday morning in mountains and in gullies shaded from the sun lasted until Monday morning.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

18 June 1885 – THE Darling Downs Gazette of the 20th instant, says :- An almost unseasonable mildness which accompanied and immediately followed the acceptable rain which fell lately, has given place to extreme cold and biting westerly winds. The thermometer has on several occasions gone considerably below freezing point, and on Thursday fine snow fell twice ; in the forenoon a little before midday, and again at half-past 11 in the evening. A boisterous wind,
cold and piercing, made a winter’s day as chill, bleak, and disagreeable as any in the old country. Yesterday the wind lulled and the sun tempered the still perceptible severity of the weather.
From The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 24 June 1885, page 5

TOOWOOMBA, June 24.
Strong westerly winds have prevailed for the last three days, and still continue. There was some appearance of rain or snow to-day, but to-night the weather is clear and bitterly cold.
From The Queenslander, Saturday 27 June 1885, page 1041

30 June 1887 – The officer in charge of border customs stationed at Stanthorpe reports to the Collector of Customs, under date 30th June, as follows: The weather during the month has been chiefly cloudy and overcast, with cold, bleak, westerly winds prevailing. Showery weather with occasional falls of sleet has been experienced, and there have been two slight falls of snow at Wallangarra. It has been the coldest month known here for a number of years.
From The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 6 July 1887, page 4

14 July 1888 – TOOWOOMBA, July 13. To-day a heavy westerly wind prevailed, and to-night it is bitterly cold. A bank of cloud in the south-west indicates snow in New England
STANTHORPE, July 14. The weather is bitterly cold. Some small flakes of snow fell this morning The country is very dry, and bush fires are prevalent.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 16 July 1888, page 5

24 June 1889 – The officer in charge of Border Customs stationed at Wallangarra reports to the Collector of Customs that during the month of June the weather there was very cold and bleak, and sharp frosts were experienced. Snow fell on the mountains a few miles from this station, and also along the railway line in the New England district. There is now very little growth in vegetation of any kind, and stock are fueling the effects of the cold weather keenly.
From The Brisbane Courier, Friday 5 July 1889, page 4

12 July 1889 – WARWICK, July 13. The weather is intensely cold, and there was a slight fall of snow on the outskirts of the town early yesterday morning.
From The Queenslander, Saturday 20 July 1889, page 37

10 June 1890 – The officer in charge of border Customs stationed at Wallangarra reports for the month of June as follows :- On the 10th June winter commenced in earnest, several severe frosts having been experienced. The weather has been bitterly cold ever since, with rain and sleet, and travellers by the New South Wales train report having passed through snow at Ben Lomond.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 7 July 1890, page 4

1 August 1891 – Mr. Meston writes as follows:— When returning from Sydney overland last Saturday, the train entered a snow belt a few miles north of the M’Donald River, and continued until past Glen Innes. The snow covered the embankments, whitened the dead logs, the wooden fences, the roofs of the wayside houses, and drew a weird white gauze veil over the leaves and branches of the green eucalypts and apple trees on both sides of the line. Children with cold hands and little blue noses were engaged manufacturing snowballs under the approving superintendence of robust rural maidens with red cheeks, symmetrical corporeality, and wicked eyes. Passengers, armed with assorted flasks, clad in overcoats, and their feet on hot water pans, smiled through the windows, and
cheerfully shouted hooray! to the snowballers. And when the train arrived at Wallangarra the patriotic men fervently remarked, “Thank the Lord we are once more in sunny Queensland.” The cold was much keener at Toowoomba than
at Glen Innes, and the last stage of those patriotic men was worse than the first. They made no further remarks about sunny Queensland for the rest of the journey.
From The Queenslander, Saturday 8 August 1891, page 28

26 September 1891 – NEW ENGLAND. (Tenterfield Star, Sept. 30.)
The Spring, which a few weeks since appeared far advanced, has now resumed its usual severity. For the past week drizzle and bitterly cold winds. On Saturday the heaviest snow-fall this season was experienced at Ben Lomond, and as we write heavy rain is falling at Sandy Hill. Prospectors from Sandy Flat report the country in that direction completely saturated. The cold is however by no means unprecedented, as 10 years ago, at about this time of the year, there was a heavy fall of snow at Boonoo Boonoo, which whitened the ranges there for some days.
From The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser, Saturday 3 October 1891, page 35

23 June 1892 – Our observer at Maryland siding furnishes the information that a heavy fall of snow has taken place, and was falling up to 3 p.m. on Thursday.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 27 June 1892, page 3

20-21 July 1895 – Frosts are reported from many districts, and at Dalveen and Wallangarra snow has been experienced.
From The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday 23 July 1895, page 2

A Dalveen correspondent, writing on the 23rd instant, says, – We have had a very dry winter so far, and with the exception of some welcome showers last
week have had no rain for months. Cattle and sheep are in a very bad condition, owing to the scarcity of grass. The winter has been a most severe one; vessels exposed have been frozen with ice an inch thick till noon, and on Sunday last we had a fall of snow, an unusual event here. Old residents say that they have not experienced such cold weather for years. …
A heavy fall of snow occurred at Wallangarra on Saturday night. …
The weather has been bitterly cold on the Darling Downs during the past few days, and snow fell about eight miles on the Queensland side of the border.
From The Brisbane Courier, Saturday 27 July 1895, page 4

A correspondent, writing from Wallangarra under Monday’s date, informs us that a heavy fall of snow occurred there during Saturday night. On Sunday morning the ground and all buildings, trees, and fences were covered with some inches of snow, and the weather was extremely cold. Our correspondent adds that this is most unusual, and he has not seen so much snow at any time during the past twenty-four years.
From The Queenslander, Saturday 27 July 1895, page 152

STANTHORPE, July 24. Bitterly cold weather has prevailed for the last three days. On Sunday night a snowstorm took place, and snow fell to the depth of 3in. Ballandean and other places near the border also report a heavy fall of snow. A piercing wind is blowing, and there are no signs of the present severe weather abating. This winter is the coldest ever experienced here.
From The Brisbane Courier, Thursday 25 July 1895, page 7

30 July 1895 – Stanthorpe – snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

6 August 1895 – OVERLAND BICYCLING TO SYDNEY. Mr. G. Muhleisen, of New Zealand, who left Brisbane overland for Sydney on the 5th instant, in a letter to our cycling contributor says:- … Leaving Warwick at 4 p.m. I made good pace to the Gap, and after a lot of walking passed Dalveen for Stanthorpe, arriving 10 p.m., leaving again 11 p.m. for Tenterfield, which was reached after a cold night’s ride and a few spills. Breakfasting and attending to machine 2 1/2 hours quickly passed, and facing a strong head wind I reached Glen Innes at 5 p.m. on the 6th, buckled wheel compelling mc to stay the night. This was my first spell. Leaving Glen Innes at 6.30 a.m., struck out for Ben Lomond, encountering a fall of snow and a few troublesome cattle, arriving at Armidale at 3 p.m., leaving at 4.30 for Tamworth, passing through at early morn, striking for Goonoo Goonoo and Wallabadah. The roads were very bad.
From The Brisbane Courier, Thursday 15 August 1895, page 2

22 June 1896 – A heavy fall of snow occurred at Dalveen during Monday night.
From The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 24 June 1896, page 4

STANTHORPE, June 25. Extremely cold weather has been experienced in this district during the past week. On Monday and Tuesday a keen westerly wind was blowing, and on Monday night snow fell in most places around the district. The weather is now considerably milder.
From The Brisbane Courier, Friday 26 June 1896, page 6

22 July 1896 – A heavy fall of snow occurred at Stanthorpe on Wednesday morning. … Yesterday was the coldest day experienced in Toowoomba this year, and snow is reported to have fallen at several places in the district.
TOOWOOMBA, July 22. To-day was the coldest day experienced here this year. There was a sudden change in the temperature last evening, and a heavy gale, accompanied by sleety rain, came up from the west south-west, and continued all night. Today was a cold, raw, and wintry one. Snow is reported to have fallen in several places in the surrounding district, but the reports are not confirmed. STANTHORPE, July 22. A very heavy fall of snow occurred here at 7 o’clock this morning, especially in the western portion of the district, where the snow was several inches deep on the ground.
From The Brisbane Courier, Thursday 23 July 1896, pages 4 and 6

SNOW IN QUEENSLAND. TO THE EDITOR.
Sir, – While I write there is lying on the ground in all open parts of the country snow to the depth of at least 3in., while in spots favourable to its accumulation it is of course, to be found in much greater quantities. Sugarloaf is just within the Queensland border, well upon the Main Range, about seven miles from Stanthorpe, above which it is elevated some 400ft., being thus about 3000ft. above sea level. Yet, as our distance from the Equator is less than 29deg., such a fall of snow must be accepted as remarkable – only once in the course of more than twenty years acquaintance with the neighbourhood have I known of anything approaching the present fall in severity, that is to say, in July last year, when more than 2in. lay on the ground. I have been informed, however, by a very old resident, since passed away, that some thirty years ago he saw the snow lie for three days. If the statement can be accepted as reliable, it would hardly bear out the theory of some of your correspondents, who seemed recently to infer that our winters are gradually becoming colder. It may readily be imagined that the country presented an appearance highly novel and interesting to most Australians, Queenslanders especially. The trees, fences, and houses covered with the fleecy white powder reminded one forcibly of the appearance presented by an English landscape at Christmastide, with which the writer, like many more, has only become acquainted through the aid of paintings and illustrations. The occasion has not been allowed to pass without indulging in an exchange of snowballs, and building the traditional snow man. almost unique amusements for Queenslanders on Queensland soil, I should imagine.-I am, sir, &c,
JOS. JOHNSON.
State School, Sugarloaf, 22nd July.
From The Brisbane Courier, Saturday 25 July 1896, page 11

SNOW AT STANTHORPE.
The heaviest fall of snow ever known In this district (says the Border Post of the 25th Instant) was experienced here on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning Heavy rain fell on Sunday, which was followed by a strong “westerly” on Monday and Tuesday, accompanied by sleet About 10 o’clock on Tuesday night, however, snow began to fall, and in a very short time the ground was well covered. On Wednesday morning light snow was still falling, but it ceased about 7 a.m. The amount of snow varied in different places, the country reporting the heaviest fall, where in some places, it is said to have fallen several inches deep. On Wednesday morning the great majority of the townspeople could be seen “snow-balling” in the main street, and all hands appeared to indulge in this novel sport very freely. The country around the town presented a very novel and attractive appearance on Wednesday morning, the hills being thickly covered with the snow. The fall was by far the heaviest ever experienced in this district. At the railway station several persons collected the snow that had been blown against the walls, and a mound of snow, 5ft. high, was collected. The snow cleared away as the day advanced and at 11 o’clock very little could be seen.
From The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday 28 July 1896, page 5

23 July 1898 – Cambooya – snow. Pittsworth – snow fell for 15 minutes. Cabarlah – Heavy snowstorm lasting over half an hour.
From Bureau of Meteorology.
A heavy fall of snow occurred at Toowoomba and other places on the Darling
Downs on Saturday.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 25 July 1898, page 4

24 July 1898 – Leyburn – snow, hail and sleet. Stanthorpe – showery and snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

13 June 1899 – With the exception of the south-eastern districts of the colony-where the weather is cloudy to overcast, with light rain, sleet, or snow being experienced over the Darling Downs-the conditions are generally fine, with light scattered cloud. Strong south-west and west winds are being experienced over the south-eastern quarter; elsewhere the winds are south-east or south-west. The sea is smooth or moderate. Light rain or snow has been registered in the south-east during the past twenty-four hours. …
There was a fall of snow yesterday on the mountains at the head of Swan Creek. … The weather has been bitterly cold all over New South Wales, with heavy falls
of snow on the highlands, and rain over a considerable portion of the colony.
A “COLD SNAP.” SNOW IN QUEENSLAND.
In Brisbane, from an early hour yesterday, the wind blew from the south-west with extreme violence, and with icy coldness. It will give general satisfaction to
learn, from Mr. Anderson’s forecasts, that a change in this extremely unpleasant weather is likely in the immediate future, as the wind and dust were yesterday a source of great discomfort to all exposed to their influence. It was generally believed that snow must have fallen between here and the border, and reports printed below prove that such was the case. Both from Yangan, on the Killarney line, and from Wallangarra, come reports of a fall of snow, and doubtless many other places in the highlands on the Southern border could tell the same tale. A correspondent, writing from Wallangarra under yesterday’s date, says :-As it is not very often we have snow in Queensland, It may interest your readers to know that everything was white here this morning with snow, and snowballing was indulged in. The snow fell during the night, and it has been snowing slightly
during the morning. Our Toowoomba correspondent reports : The weather is very cold to-day (Tuesday), south-western winds prevailing. Early this morning a slight snowstorm fell, and a little later on a shower of sleet and tiny hail was experienced. The conditions much resemble the memorable 23rd July last year, when we had the first snowstorm for many years. The maximum temperature to-day is 45deg. Our Dalby Correspondent reports that yesterday was the coldest day yet experienced this winter. A cold westerly wind was blowing, accompanied by light showers of sleety rain. At Yangan snow was visible on the mountains at the head of Swan Creek until after midday. It will be seen from our Sydney telegram that heavy falls of snow have occurred in the highlands of New South Wales, and there have been light rains over three parts of the colony. Over an inch and a-half of rain fell in Sydney.

QUEENSLAND. (From Our Own correspondents.) YANGAN.
The Weather-Fall of Snow-The Wheat Crop. June 13.
A piercing cold wind has been blowing all day from the west, and snow has been
visible on the mountains at the head of Swan Creek, until after midday.
From The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 14 June 1899, page 2, 4, and 6

STANTHORPE. Snow-Dredging for Tin. June 14.
The weather since Monday has been bitterly cold, with a keen south-west wind. On Monday sleet fell most of the day, and during Monday night and early yesterday morning we had quite a heavy fall of snow. The hills around the town were clothed in a
mantle of “beautiful snow”, while against the fences and houses it had drifted into
large heaps. The fall was quite as heavy .as that of three years ago, which was a
record for this place. Snowballing was the order of the day, while in several cases snowballs of extraordinary large dimensions were rolled up. There is still a biting wind blowing from the south-west.
From The Brisbane Courier, Thursday 15 June 1899, pages 3 and 6

6 and 7 July 1900 – YANGAN, July 7.  Friday was bitterly cold all through the day, and snow was visible on the mountains at the head of the creek until sundown.
From The Queenslander, Saturday 14 July 1900, page 89S

SNOW AT WALLANGARRA.
A Wallangarra correspondent, writing on 6th instant, says :- It may interest your readers to know that everything was white with snow here this morning. It had been snowing during the night and this morning, and has been bitterly cold, sleet and a little snow falling during the last two or three days.
From The Brisbane Courier, Saturday 7 July 1900, page 8

20 June 1901 – Stanthorpe reports that the weather is bitterly cold, and the mountains round the town are covered with snow.
From The Brisbane Courier, Friday 21 June 1901, page 4

SNOW AT WALLANGARRA. A correspondent, writing on Thursday says :-It may interest your readers to know that the ground and everything was covered with snow here this morning, and snowballing was freely indulged in. It has been bitterly cold here this last few days. A light fall of snow was experienced at Wallangarra yesterday, and frosts have again occurred over the Peak and Darling Downs and in many other districts in the southern division of the State Palmerville registered 0.05in., and Wallangarra recorded 0.01in. of rain and snow respectively.
From The Brisbane Courier, Saturday 22 June 1901, page 4 and 14

28-29 July 1901- HEAVY FALLS OF SNOW IN QUEENSLAND
BRISBANE, Monday. An unusually cold snap was experienced in Brisbane last night and to-day, with a keen wind. At Stanthorpe a heavy fall of snow occurred last night, the ground being covered to a depth of 3in. The weather there in intensely cold. It was still snowing this morning. At Dalby slight sleet fell early this morning, with a bitterly cold westerly wind. At Warwick a sleety shower fell about midnight, followed by snow which, at 10 o’clock this morning, was still falling. The hills around Warwick are covered with snow At Yangan the mountains are covered with snow right up to the main range, while infrequent falls occurred to-day. The Killarney Mountains present a beautiful sight, owing to the snow, which continued to fall to-day. Later. Cold weather is reported from the northern portion of the colony. The water in the waterbags of the mail train from Winton, which arrived at Hughenden this morning, was found to be frozen. At Townsville the maximum reached by the thermometer to-day was 50 degrees, which is very unusual. The fruit crop in the northern portion of the State will probably suffer, as owing to the mild winter the trees were nearly all in blossom. Very cold weather is also reported from the western portions of Queensland, and it is possible that stock will suffer to some extent. Toowoomba, reports that the heaviest snowfall that has ever been experienced on the Darling Downs fell at intervals from midnight on Sunday till 5 this afternoon. In some places the snow was two inches deep, and drift snow a foot to 18 inches deep.
From The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 30 July 1901, page 7

SUMMARY OF NEWS. Generally fine and cold weather is anticipated in Queensland, but further precipitation, either snow or sleet, is probable near the New South Wales border. Heavy ground frosts over the Downs. … Snow fell yesterday at Stanthorpe, Toowoomba, Warwick, and Dalby. … There has been a general fall of snow over the Darling Downs and the southeastern border districts, and the weather elsewhere in the interior has been extremely cold and bleak. The snowfall was the heaviest that has ever been experienced on the Darling Downs.
The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday 30 July 1901, page 4

MR. WRAGGE’S “GENERAL REMARKS.”
In his “General Remarks” under yesterday’s date, Mr. Wragge, Government Meteorologist, says:- Conditions more remarkable than any yet recorded so far as we know in the meteorological annals of Australasia are shown, on our weather chart to-day. In the first place, we find an anticyclonic or high-pressure nucleus over South-western Australia, absolutely abnormal, inasmuch as the barometer at the crest or summit reads 30.72 in. On the other hand, the Antarctic disturbance ” Ekron” is stationary, or nearly so, over the Tasman Sea. Now, the conditions just cited are the two great factors in producing the exceedingly cold
weather over all South-eastern Australia, including snow in Adelaide, South-eastern Queensland, and other places where before such type of precipitation was unknown. The exceedingly cold air pouring down from high aloft on the great anticyclone in the far South-western part of the Commonwealth, and flowing around the steep slopes of this wonderful atmospheric mountain, has so condensed the vapours of the depression “Ekron,” as to cause the abnormal snowfall and excessive cold referred to in the weather telegrams, and the cold
will continue for a while longer over the whole South-eastern portion of the Commonwealth, and from our hearts we pity our plucky fellows on Kosciusko, and can only hope that they are safe and well. Heavy weather is sure to obtain over the Tasman Sea, and shipping will have a bad time. Some sailors may be so knocked up that the “old man” may prescribe the “two drops of croton oil,” such a unique and standard medicine on board ship, while a whole pannikin of salts may be necessary in some cases. Anyhow, we cannot too “earnestly and seriously advise New Zealand captains of the condition of affairs, and vessels rounding Gabo to the westward will have an equally bad time. So far as Queensland is concerned, fine but cold weather will prevail generally, and the early mornings in, the far interior will be especially bitter; further heavy frosts will occur over the Downs, and in pockets and gullies, and we have sent our warnings also to the canefields. Over the highlands of our South-eastern, territory, in the neighbourhood of Stanthorpe and the Eastern Darling Downs, more snow, or at least sleet, may be expected, and there is also a tendency to electric disturbance. (By Telegraph from Our Correspondents.)
TOOWOOMBA July 29.
The heaviest snowfall that has ever been experienced on the Darling Downs fell at intervals from midnight on Sunday till 5 o’clock this afternoon. In some places the snow was 2in. deep, and the drift snow 1ft. to 18in.
HIGHFIELDS, July 29.
A phenomenal fall of snow took place this morning. The first flakes made their appearance about 5.30, and continued up to 6 o’clock, when heavy snow began to fall, and continued for three-quarters of an hour. The surrounding landscape presented a magnificent sight, and the snow was fully an inch thick on the ground. The scene on the scrub trees was very fine, and had the appearance of a snowy billow moved by the wind. The wheatfields and ploughed land lay like huge sheets between the forest paddocks, and reminded one of a snowy day in the old country. The snow lasted on the ground for upwards of two hours after the fall. Since writing the above another fall has occurred, and there is every appearance of it continuing throughout the day.
PITTSWORTH, July 29.
The weather is extremely cold, with a strong south-westerly wind, and snow has
been falling at intervals. The temperature during the day ranged from 32deg. to
44deg.
DALBY, July 29.
Light sleet fell here early this morning. The day is bitterly cold, with a keen westerly wind blowing.
WARWICK, July 29.
A very cold snap is just now being experienced here. Throughout yesterday a keen and nipping easterly wind prevailed, and a light sleety shower fell about midnight. This morning the people were surprised on awakening to find the ground covered with snow, which was still falling lightly. The neighbouring hills looked prominently white. The minimum temperature for the twenty-four hours was 33deg., and the maximum, 50deg.; rainfall, 3 points. Later. Several falls of snow and sleet occurred to-day, and the weather continues bitterly cold. The maximum temperature to-day was 43deg.
KILLARNY, July 29.
There was a fall of snow here this morning, and the snow-clad mountains in the
vicinity present a beautiful sight.
YANGAN, July 29.
A cold westerly wind blow all day yesterday, and this morning the mountains
were covered with snow right to the Main Range. Frequent falls of snow occurred during the forenoon, and occasionally a sprinkling reached the plains. The weather continues bitterly cold.
STANTHORPE July 29.
There was a heavy fall of snow here last night, and the ground was covered to a
depth of 3in. The weather is intensely cold, and it is still snowing. A strong south-westerly wind is blowing, and stock will suffer severely.
CHARLEVILLE, July 29.
A very cold and cutting westerly wind sprang up on Saturday night, and continued to blow fiercely all day yesterday. The weather to-day is clear and bright.
LONGREACH, July 29.
The weather is extremely cold and bleak. The thermometer was down to 30deg. This morning, this being the lowest temperature recorded this winter.
WINTON, July 29.
The weather is very cold, with a bleak wind. The thermometer this morning registered 32deg.  
The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday 30 July 1901, page 5

SNOWSTORM AT STANTHORPE By W. H. P.
STANTHORPE, Monday, July 29, 3 p.m. And still it snows – snows as if it would never cease. Snows as if it had never snowed before, and never in the memory of the oldest inhabitant has it ever snowed like this. Commencing in the early part of Sunday night, the community woke up on Monday morning to find the whole landscape clothed in spotless white, underfoot 3in. of a pure mantle lying over all, overhead a dull leaden sky, lowering and threatening, and the air full of flakes; feathers from the Antarctic regions, hurrying, scurrying along, whirled hither and thither by a southerly blast, bitter and biting enough to take the teeth from a handsaw. Mountains in the distance at one moment dark and threatening looking, at the next as a sharper blast than usual swept the air and cleared (partially) the atmosphere they loomed up like huge sheeted ghosts, and later still, as the sun for a few brief moments struggled to break through the
wrack of clouds, they sparkled and glistened as if diamonds had been scattered
o’er them, each pine tree and mighty tor standing out in bold relief, making the
whole scene one of fairy-like beauty; but cold, bitter, biting cold, in its chaste
purity. This only lasted for a few brief minutes, when the mighty mass of clouds piled up in the south and west were swept upward, and again blotted out the whole landscape, leaving only Mount Marlay and Mount Banca in view, like some hoary giants frowning down upon the little town lying in between them, nestling at their feet.
COLD, BITTER COLD.
Cold, bitter cold, enough to make old and young stick to the fireside, don their
heaviest clothing, and endeavour to keep warm, one would think. But no, either
the devil himself, or Woden, or Thor, or some Old World spirit from the North
must have entered into the people, for as we listen you would think, pandemonium had broken loose. Shouts, yells, laughter, hurrying of feet, some in full retreat for the nearest shelter or vantage ground, some in full chase; there they were, old and young at it for all they were worth, snowballing one another as if the very spirit of mischief were in them. We said old and young; that is wrong, we apologise. They were all young, every one of them. The beards of some were gray, and their forms a bit twisted with rheumatic pains, or they might limp a little (not much this morning), but they were all young once more, and the recollections of their boyhood had brought back their youth again. How their eyes sparkled, and their cheeks reddened, as the blood coursed through their veins, warmed up by the exertion of the glorious old game, and memories of the old home and the old land, which very few of us ever hope to see again. Young Queensland was all in it, male and female. The girls (mother had sent them
out well wrapped up, and with strict injunctions to take care that they didn’t catch cold), with wraps and cloaks flung down to the mercy of the weather, were
pelting each other and any hapless individual, who happened to pass within range. I saw one fair demoiselle of about 12 in deadly combat with a fine old
veteran from the land of heather, and the fight waxed fast and furious, and victory might have leaned to either side had not Miss Queensland called up reinforcements, and the Highlander was driven ignominiously from the field, with the remark that the “ficht was ‘na a’ the gither an owre fair ane.”  
THE YOUNG -SCAMPS.
The boys, hardy young scamps, some of them barefooted and bareheaded, just
revelled in it, pelted each other, pelted the Chinamen, the respectable, responsible citizen, the shining light, the living example, jay pays, and all and sundry that hove in sight. They did not always get the best of it, notably so in the case of an old chap with a horse and dray, an innocent-looking, old coon, coming down, from the railway station. Young Australia greeted him with a yell, and marked him down for its own, and they went for him. With a “whoa. Farmer,” he came to a halt, mounted the dray, and as the young contingent crowded around to let him have it he opened fire on them. The battle was a hot one, but the ,”old ‘un kept ’em clear” of the dray. Farmer stood his ground, and the ammunition of the assaulting party ran short, and under a furious fusillade, sundry expressions (not of a flattering character), and the Masonic sign, made by placing his thumb near the top of his nose and spreading his four fingers to their utmost extent,
the army retreated, and the old ‘un with a broad grin pursued the even tenor of his way. He had been there, and had taken the opportunity to fill the bottom of his dray with snowballs before he started on his journey through the city. Hence the result of the engagement. The youngsters when recounting the honours of the day, like many other historians, when relating their exploits, say nothing of this incident. And now the shades of night are fast approaching, the wind sweeps over hill and mountain with almost hurricane force, howling and whistling through every crack and cranny with weird unearthly sounds. And as we listen we draw our seats nearer to the fire, and feed the cheerful blaze with coal and wood, and think and talk of the days at home, the days of our youth, when the first fall of snow drove the woodcock from Norway and Sweden, and the snipe from our own bleak wild Exmoor into the sheltered valleys of Devon. Again we talk of the bags we made, and how we traced the rabbit to his burrow and the hare to her form.
REFLECTIONS.
Later thought and conversation turns to the seventeen fine young fellows who left
the village to fight for Queen and country in the trenches before Sebastopol, and
how they died there midst snow and ice, perished in cold and hunger, and six of
them only returned to tell the tale. And this again brings our thoughts nearer home, and we think of the poor old swagman, or the drover with cattle, or the shepherd with sheep, on the road, taking their turn at watch, cowering in front
of the fire, roasting on one side, freezing on the other, and by-and-by turning in, to snatch a few hours’ sleep with nothing but a few bushes between his blanket and the ground, and perhaps not even that. The glorious free life in the bush is
a grand life, but it is not all beer and skittles. And the poor beasties, low in condition from the recent drought, how they must suffer, and many a one that would otherwise have weathered the winter through will succumb to this night’s bitter cold and driving storm. And outside the wind still (howls and blows ; the snow has ceased, the moon shines down, and hills and mountains glisten and shine like polished silver. Inside the fire burns low, the clock strikes 10, and we cuddle down among the blankets, grateful for the warmth and comfort it is our privilege to enjoy.
From The Brisbane Courier, Saturday 3 August 1901, page 9

30 July 1905 – SNOW IN QUEENSLAND. BRISBANE. Tuesday.
Mr. Barton, member for Carnarvon, received information this morning that there was a fall of snow at Stanthorpe on Sunday last.
From The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 2 August 1905, page 8

WARWICK, Tuesday. THE WEATHER.
The weather to-day was mild. Reports from the higher districts beyond Killarney, and from the Dalveen district, state that light snow fell during the past two days.
During July only 0.2&in. of rain was; recorded, against 1.94in. for July last year.
For the seven months the fall was 14.28in. compared with 15.15in. for the corresponding period of 1904.
From The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 2 August 1905, page 5

3 September 1905 – STANTHORPE. Thursday.
Yesterday was one of the coldest days experienced this winter. The wind blew with hurricane force from the south-west, and light falls of snow occurred during the day.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 4 September 1905, page 7

23 June 1908 – FALLS IN QUEENSLAND. WALLANGARRA AND STANTHORPE.
The Divisional Meteorological Office yesterday issued the following synopsis of the weather:- To-day cloudy to overcast along the far north-east coast over the northern part of Cape York Peninsula and around the Gulf of Carpentaria with
south-east winds, blowing fresh along the seaboard. Fine, clear, and cold generally throughout the remainder of the State; temperature at 9 o’clock this morning at Camooweal 46deg., Boulia, 45 deg.; Lochnagar 47deg.; Mitchell, 46 deg.; Thargomindah, 45 deg.; Windorah, 43 deg.; Brisbane, 55deg. Cold westerly
and south-westerly winds are being experienced in the eastern half of the Central Division and in Southern districts generally; squally and gusty at times.
During the last twenty four hours cold westerly to south-westerly winds, have
prevailed in the Central and Southern divisions, with generally fine weather but unsettled conditions developed in the far south of thee Darling Downs, and light
falls of snow occurred at Stanthorpe and Wallangarra and two points of rain were registered at Texas. …
WARWICK. June 23.
The weather today is fine with a bitterly cold westerly blowing. Sleet was falling in various parts of the district this morning for a short time.
From The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 24 June 1908, page 5

20 October 1908 – OCTOBER RAINS. A SPLENDID DOWNPOUR.
PASTORAL AND AGRICULTURAL PROSPECTS.
Queensland has rarely had a more favourable beginning for the summer season. The winter was exceptionally severe, and even in the coastal area there was nearly a fortnight of unbroken frosts; while on the Darling Downs and in the whole of the West right up to the waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria, there were sharp frosts from June last until the earlier days of the present month. In many places there was severe weather, and intense cold which brought with it sleet and snow kept the herbage back, and under successive frosts the waving fields of grass-where it had stood over from the previous, autumn blanched or yellowed like fields of
ripening wheat. Then came a dry stretch with wind and sun and big areas of grass were swept by fire and the danger of further losses was seriously, apprehended. That was in the pastoral country ; but rain was also wanted in the agricultural districts …
From The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday 20 October 1908, page 5

19 July 1910 – COLD WEATHER. WESTERLY GALE. SNOW AT DALVEEN.
SLEET ON THE DOWNS. A strong westerly wind prevailed in Brisbane yesterday, the velocity at times being that of a gale.
FOREST HILL, July 19.
To day broke cloudy with a bitterly cold wind from the west, and light falls of sleet were noticeable at intervals.
GRANDCHESTER, July 19.
To-day has been most unpleasant. A strong westerly has been blowing and the
sky has been covered with rain clouds since daylight. A farmer from Gehrkevale
stated that on the range close to his property a shower of sleet fell at 8 a.m. The
weather has been bitterly cold here all day. …
PITTSWORTH, July 19.
To day was one of the coldest ever experienced here, and sleet was falling for
several hours this morning.
TOOWOOMBA, July 19.
The weather today was bitterly cold, and there were occasional sleet showers. The westerly wind at times reached the velocity of a gale. Visitors from the Cambooya district state that a fall of snow occurred there this morning.
WARWICK, July 19.
To day was bitterly cold, and light rain fell.
The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 20 July 1910, page 6

17, 18 June 1914 – Southern Downs – snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

17, 18 June 1916 – Wallangarra – sleet, snow in mountain tops.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

21 June 1917 – Toowoomba – snow fell for about 3 minutes.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

9 September 1919 – Southern Downs – snow or sleet.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

August 1920 – Wallangarra – sleet.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

July 1921 – Dalveen – sleet and snow. Wallangarra – sleet.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

5 August 1923 – KILLARNEY MOUNTAINS CAPPED.
MANTLE AN INCH DEEP. A snowfall in Queensland is unusual, but a snowfall in Queensland over a wide area in August is the species of phenomenon that makes old residents say -“the coldest for 20 years.” Old Killarney settlers, looking out on the white peaks of Backhouse Mountain yesterday, were inclined to believe that the fall of snow which had occurred in the early afternoon was the heaviest ever experienced there, but though this is modifiable it seems fairly probable that never since Queensland was settled has the phenomenon occurred, over such a wide area as that covered by a storm yesterday afternoon, when snow fell from the Gap to Stanthorpe. The fall seems lo have commenced about 3 p.m., and continued long and heavily enough to leave on the ground a mantle varying in depth to 1 in.
MOUNTAINS SNOW CAPPED.
The ranges to the north of Killarney, Hawthorne’s Knob. Backhouse Mountains, and Mount Brosnan were left dazzling in the late afternoon sun, the farm lands on the mountain side transformed from a dark green to a beautiful white. The scrubs on the ranges were supporting a heavy mantle of snow, and the sunlight played in multitudinous colours on the hail which covered the ground in many places.
THE SNOW CLOUDS.
In Killarney sleet and a few thin flakes of snow fell during the early afternoon,
but the snow melted before it reached the ground. From 5 o’clock onwards the
snow clouds could be seen passing up the Valley of the Condamine like a heavy
pall. Rocklands station advised Warwick last night that during the afternoon sufficient snow fell to cover the roofs of the buildings.
A SNOW, FIGHT.
The hills around Dalveen were covered, and our Dalveen correspondent advised
last night that the fall was the heaviest ever experienced in the district. In this
area there were four distinct falls, and the second and third storms lasted for
an hour. The snow lay on the ground inches thick, and at the Dalveen railway-
station a party of children engaged in the novel and exhilarating sport of “snow-
balling.” At 8 o’clock last night the streets were still covered with snow, and
the temperature indoors was 38deg.
FURTHER FALLS POSSIBLE.
The heaviest fall appears to have been from Strathone to The Summit, where
there was every prospect last night that further falls would occur. At Elbow  
Valley and Cherry Gully the fall was sufficiently heavy to leave snow on the
ground from 1 in. to 1 1/2in. thick. At 3.30 o’clock yesterday afternoon snow fell at Strathgrove, and the depth of the snow on the ground at 5 p.m. was about 1 in.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 6 August 1923, page 7

10 August 1923 – The Summit – snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

1925 – Photo – “Snow covered landscape, looking towards Stanthorpe from Mount Marlay, 1925” The image is available on the internet.
From State Library of Queensland Collection

10 July 1925 – RAIN INLAND. CYCLONIC CHANGE.
GENERAL FALLS EXPECTED.
Unsettled conditions spread over New South Wales during Thursday, and yesterday morning rain had fallen over nearly all inland parts. The best falls were in the far west, where Wilcannia received 80 points and Broken Hill 78, but elsewhere registrations were light, as rain was only commencing to fall. A disturbance moving over the continent from west to east, has developed cyclonic
character over the interior, and promises extensive rains over south-eastern and eastern Australia. The rain is expected to include some flood falls, particularly in the Murray River basin, and the north-eastern districts. As it moves eastward, a cold spell is likely to occur over an extensive area, embracing the highlands as far north as the southern downs of Queensland, and show is expected in many parts. Yesterday snow was reported to be falling at Kiandra during the afternoon.
From The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 11 July 1925, page 14

13 July 1925 – Ben Lomond, in the Glen Innes district, registered a foot of snow on Monday morning. Showers of sleet fell, in Glen Innes throughout the day, and the cold was intense.
From The Queenslander, Saturday 18 July 1925, page 29

31 May 1926 – ON THE DOWNS. COLD WEATHER AND WESTERLIES.
GRANTHAM. May 31
There was a thunderstorm here this afternoon, with not much rain, but plenty of wind. The weather is now very cold.
HELIDON, May 31.
A storm broke over the town at 1 p.m., and 1/2in. of rain was registered. A cold westerly wind has been blowing since.
TOOWOOMBA, May 31.  
The dry weather appears to be breaking with thunderstorms, which are most unusual in winter time. One storm broke over Toowoomba at about 1 p.m. to-day.
There was plenty of lightning and thunder. Good rain fell for a time, and rain was
falling at 2 p.m. This afternoon’s rain, which was preceded by stormy conditions, was followed by a cold wave as the evening approached. While the rain was falling this afternoon there was sleet at times. At Searl and Son’s nursery, South-
west Toowoomba, 54 points was registered, at the Botanic Gardens 30 points
fell, at the farm home for boys, Westbrook, there was 10 points of rain, accompanied by an occasional sleety shower, also whirlwinds. At Hodgson Vale there was eight to 10 points. This centre reported that good rain appeared to fall towards Sugarloaf and Ramsay. A telephone message from Cecil Plains stated
that rain fell there. A commercial traveller who came in by car from Goombungee reported good rain from Goombungee right into Toowoomba. Milmerran is also reported lo have benefited as a result of to-day’s rain. M’Phie and Co. advices showed that the rain was very patchy. Dalby district had from 5 to 50 points, Goondiwindi 50, Yandilla 90. Pittsworth 24.
WALLANGARRA, May 31.
Rain commenced to fall at 10 o’clock this morning, and continued on and off until about 3 p.m. The Official registration will not be available until 9 o’clock tomorrow, but it is estimated that 1/2in. fell. The weather has become very cold. There was a slight fall of sleet, accompanied by a few flakes of snow, this afternoon.
CUNNAMULLA, May 31.
Light showers passed over the district yesterday.
DIRRANBINDI, May 31.
Two passing showers to-day yielded very little rain, but had a chilling effect upon
the weather. Throughout the greater part of yesterday showers fell in the metropolitan districts, and a heavy storm occurred in the afternoon. Approximately 20 to 30 points of rain was registered at various points, and the Pacific Nurseries, Manly, recorded 38 points. Hurricane winds were experienced in country districts, and falls of hail and snow occurred in the vicinity of the Southern border. A marked cold change was in evidence last night.
LAIDLEY, May 31.
About 25 points of rain fell this afternoon as the result of a thunderstorm.
GATTON, May 31.
A storm came up from the west this afternoon. The wind blew with hurricane force for a time, but very little rain fell.
GRANDCHESTER, May 31.
About 2.30 p.m. to-day a storm, accompanied by a strong westerly wind,
passed over the district, but the rain lasted only half an hour. At 3 p.m.
23 points had been recorded.
From The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday 1 June 1926, page 7

24 July 1926 – DROUGHT EFFECT. FLOCKS AND HERDS DECIMATED.
WEATHER CONDITIONS OF 1926 REVIEWED.
The position at the end of the year was that the drought had been broken, permanently it is hoped, over all that part of Queensland lying eastwards from an approximate line drawn from Burketown through Cloncurry and Winton, thence , east-south-eastwards to Alpha, and from there to the southern border near Hebel. Westwards from that line, however, the drought persists except in South-west Division, which was favoured with timely rains during the year, but even there the continued dry weather is causing anxiety. …
July: A little snow and some sleet occurred on southern Darling Downs on
July 24.
August: Abnormally heavy frosts affected the sugar lands as far northwards
as the Herbert River district between 1st and 4th, and it is estimated that 1500
acres of cane were destroyed.
From The Brisbane Courier, Saturday 8 January 1927, page 6

24 July 1927 – Snow in Brisbane
The very suggestion that snow has fallen in Brisbane is enough to raise an
incredulous smile on the face of the most sedate; yet there are people who assert
that they saw snowflakes fall in the city yesterday-to be precise, about 1.30 p.m.
The flukes, of course, were of the most evanescent type, melting before they
reached the pavements. Such an occurrence, incredible as it may seem, is not
altogether unknown in this city of ours, which Southerners insist upon saddling
with a tropical climate. Many years ago -somewhere about 1880 or 1881 – a slight
fall of snow was observed by many people. The “downpour” lasted for only a few
seconds, and the flakes were so delicate that a sharp eye was required to identify
them; but undoubtedly they were snow. Among those who noticed yesterday’s
phenomenon were Mr. A. Faulkner and Mrs. J. H. M. Pike, both of Laidlaw-parade, East Brisbane. They saw the fall at different places in Elizabeth-street. The average citizen of Brisbane would scarcely know what it was; he would merely recognise that it was not the usual sleety liquid that falls from our sky on a raw day. Snow in the Southern border districts of Queensland is not common, but it is seen often enough to cease to excite wonder, though it never ceases to cause interest as an unusual visitor. Probably the few attenuated flakes that were
noticed in Brisbane were stragglers from a “snowstorm” that drifted from the
neighbourhood of Stanthorpe or Tenterfield.
From The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday 28 June 1927, page 10

25 December 1927 – FROST CAUSES LOSSES. SOUTH-EAST HIGHLANDS. UNSEASONAL WEATHER. BRISBANE. September 13.
Losses on orchards and farm’s were caused by severe frost on the southeast highlands on Sunday morning. The glass reading was 28 points at Wallangarra, where one orchardist lost half his apricot crop and buds on the grape crop were frosted. The wheat crops were not damaged.
STANTHORPE’S EXPERIENCES.
A Stanthorpe message states: Frosts in Spring are unheard of in most parts of Queensland but are not unusual for the Granite Belt. Stanthorpe even had the experience last year of having frost in the summer, when 3.1 degrees was registered on October 14, but 10 years ago there was snow on Christmas Day.
After a mild winter this year delightful weather was experienced in the Granite Belt till Friday last, when a westerly gale blew. The glass reading on Saturday morning was 37.6 degrees, and a black frost was experienced. On Sunday morning there were 12.3 degrees of frost and this morning 12.6 degrees. Of the minor damage done to fruit trees the biggest portion was done by black frost.
BLESSING IN DISGUISE.
A successful fruit grower stated today that the damage done fruit trees in bloom this week-end would be a blessing is disguise. He explained that after the fruit tree had blossomed and the fruit has set it is necessary for the grower to thin out, which entails a lot of work. This thinning out, however, was done during the past
week-end by frost. More damage was done vegetable crops than fruit crops. Last year there were 15 frosts in September and a frost on October 14 was so late in the year that it did tremendous, damage to the apple crop. However, at present the apple trees have not started to blossom, therefore no damage has been caused to them. The greatest amount of damage during the past week-end was done at Glen Niven, which is at a much lower altitude than other parts of the district. Here early varieties of plums were frost damaged. Yesterday and this morning in the town all water in pools, etc., was frozen and much, damage was done flower gardens.
Cairns Post, Tuesday 14 September 1937, page 6

14-27 June 1928 – BLEAK WIND AND SLEET. SHOWERS IN SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND Bleak westerly winds, following showery weather, made conditions unpleasant in the southern portion of the State yesterday. Sleet fell at Wallangarra, and snow on the New England range. …
RAIN, SLEET, AND SNOW. WALLANGARRA, June 14.
Rain continued throughout last night, and misty rain and sleet has fallen all day. Up to 9 o’clock this morning a further 58 points was registered. The weather has turned bitterly cold. The lowest temperature recorded on the screen to-day was 40 deg., whilst the maximum was 50deg. Passengers arriving on the mail train
this morning report that there were falls of snow on the New England Range, between Glencoe and Bolivia. No snow was experienced here, but several falls of sleet have been experienced.
From The Brisbane Courier, Friday 15 June 1928, page 20

Bleak westerly winds, following showery weather, made conditions unpleasant in Southern Queensland yesterday. Sleet fell at Wallangarra. Passengers on the Sydney mail train which arrived last night stated that, while passing the New England Range country, the train travelled through fields covered with snow.
From The Queenslander, Thursday 21 June 1928, page 24

BRISBANE, Thursday – Queensland if one excepts the pastoral belt in the far West, has apparently entered upon a cycle of wet seasons. Even in coastal Queensland the winter is usually dry, but this winter has been very broken. Spells of clear weather, with cold mornings and genial noons, have been interspersed with wet days and cloudy conditions, which are abnormal at this time of the year. Last Thursday was one of the severest winter days experienced in Queensland for a long time. A biting westerly blew all day, reaching a velocity of 40 miles an hour. Sleet fell on the border and snow in New England, and rain reached some of the pastoral areas. Longreach, Winton, Barcaldine, Aramac, Cunnamulla, and Charleville regions received up| to one inch of rain.”
From The Argus, Tuesday 26 June 1928, page 3

RAIN AND SNOW CHEERLESS WEATHER. REPORTS FROM THE COUNTRY.
Further rainfalls occurred yesterday, principally on the Downs and in the North Coast and Brisbane Valley areas. Falls also were experienced in the South-west,
around Cunnamulla, whilst snow fell at Wallangarra and other border centres.
Yesterday was a bitterly cold day, with biting westerly winds sweeping over the city area. Although at times, leaden skies held a sullen promise of rain the day remained fine, with the sun making a fitful appearance during the forenoon. In some of the higher parts of the city, water in receptacles was converted into ice during the early morning hours. Conditions were sufficiently Arctic in Stanthorpe yesterday for snow to fall, and at Ballandean and Wallangarra a snowy mantle also made its appearance. At Tenterfield, the biggest fall of snow
for 25 years was reported. The weather notes issued by the Meteorological Bureau yesterday stated that the disturbance responsible for the rain in south-eastern Queensland on Sunday and Monday, had traveled quickly southwards during the last 24 hours, and developed into a pronounced cyclone. It was centred at 9 a.m. yesterday approximately midway between Brisbane and Lord Howe Island, hence the cold, boisterous westerlies in the south-eastern corner of
the State. It was thought that the storm system would continue on a southerly or south-easterly course, and the early moderation of the prevailing unpleasant weather might be expected. The wind velocity in Brisbane from 9 am. yesterday averaged approximately 30 miles per hour. …
SNOW FALLS ON BORDER. BALLANDEAN, June 26.
Following several days of very low temperature and heavy frosts, snow fell this morning for an hour. Rain now has set in.
WALLANGARRA, June 26.
Rain continued to fall all yesterday afternoon and throughout last night 92 points being recorded for the 24 hours ending at 9 a.m. to-day. At an early hour this morning sleet fell, and at 6.15 o’clock light snow commenced to fall, and continued until about 9 o’clock, The snow which fell in the township was light, and quickly melted on reaching the earth, but heavy falls were experienced on the
mountains surrounding Wallangarra about 2 miles distant, the rocks being covered, and the outline of the bush trees, laden with snow, presented a very pretty spectacle. When the mail and express trains arrived from Sydney this morning, the roofs of the carriages were covered with snow up to 2in, deep. The passengers reported heavy falls on the New England Range. Cold rain and sleet again set in later, and the weather is bitterly cold. The maximum temperature in the screen at the local bureau at 8 a.m. was 34deg., rising to 40deg. at noon.
TENTERFIELD, June 26.
Unusual weather conditions prevail here, the heaviest fall of snow experienced during the past 25 years having fallen. The mountain tops are well covered, and the train on its arrival looked like one long white carriage. Such conditions are most unusual for this district. Bitterly cold winds prevailed, with sleet during the
morning, and a further fall appears probable.
From The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 27 June 1928, page 17

SNOW IN QUEENSLAND. HEAVY FALLS.
Extreme Cold Throughout State. BRISBANE, Tuesday. – Very cold weather is being experienced practically throughout Queensland, accompanied by westerly winds, some gusts in Brisbane to-day reaching a velocity of 50 miles an hour. The heaviest fall of snow experienced in the last 25 years occurred at Stanthorpe. A message from Wallangarra states that light snow fell in the township, and that heavy falls were experienced on the surrounding mountains. When the mail and express trains arrived at Wallangarra from Sydney this afternoon the roofs of the carriages were covered with snow up to 2in.deep. Passengers reported heavy falls on the New England range.
From The Argus, Wednesday 27 June 1928, page 19

Through Rain and Snow.
Falcon-Knight’s Great Touring Performance.
THE accompanying story of a trip I accomplished by a keen owner-driver in a Falcon-Knight car has been furnished to the Queensland distributors, Messrs. Knight Motors Ltd., by Mr. Allan Lackey:
Leaving Brisbane on Sunday, June 10, and accompanied by my wife, 1060 miles
were covered in the Falcon-Knight car by the time we returned home. We
travelled by way of the Downs to Stanthorpe, and there my wife stayed while
I travelled on to Armidale on business. Rain was encountered at Stanthorpe on
Wednesday, June 13, and from there to Armidale the car travelled through heavy rain, wind, gales, and snow. Wednesday night was spent at Deepwater, heavy rain continuing throughout the night. On Thursday morning I left for Armidale. Ten miles out from Deepwater a bridge was closed for repair, and the car had to be driven through the river, which had been swollen by the heavy rains and the crossing was 70 yards wide, with the flood gauges showing a depth of 2ft. of water. The radiator was covered with a bag, and the car was slowly driven through under her own power. Other cars traveling from Glen Innes would not attempt the crossing. The river was then rising at the rate of 6in. an hour. On reaching Glen Innes I was strongly advised not to attempt to leave for Armidale, as 8in. of snow had fallen at Guyra, and the road on Ben Lomond Range was
under snow. I phoned Guyra, and was again advised not to make the trip, as
the road was in a bad state. However a friendly commercial traveller at Glen
Innes offered to travel with me as far as Guyra, and so we set out. Twelve miles from Glen Innes we had our first experience of snow. The range road was very slippery, owing to the melting snow. Snow in places on Ben Lomond was over 2ft. deep, and the road was covered to a depth of 8in. My friend the traveller bade me “good-bye” at Guyra, and I travelled on to Armidale (23 miles), arriving there in time for dinner at night after a fearfully cold and wet trip. Incidentally, I did not leave the fireside for two days after my arrival. Ten days were spent at Armidale, and district on business, and the return journey was commenced on June 28, two days after the biggest fall of snow ever experienced at Guyra (15in.). The road between Armidale and Guyra was impassable on Tuesday, June 26, all service and other cars being blocked in the cutting between Armidale and
Guyra on account of a drift of snow feet deep. This drift had to be shovelled away to allow the cars to be turned on the narrow range road. They returned to Armidale, and waited for favourable weather. The return journey over Ben Lomond was rather a ticklish job. The telephone lines were down; large trees were across the road, having been blown down by the fierce gale, and the heavy
weight of snow. Most of the smaller trees I was able to drive over, but in two instances I had to break a track round large trees which had fallen during the gale. The country between Armidale and Glencoe, a distance of 45 miles, was covered with a mantle of snow. My wife met me at Tenterfield on Thursday night, and we returned to Brisbane via Casino, Lismore, Murwillumbah, and Southport. Rain set in on Friday morning, and continued till we reached Southport on Saturday afternoon. The return journey to Southport was done in top gear, no change being necessary on Casino or Burringbar ranges.
Sunday was quietly spent at Southport, and on Monday morning the
journey was completed over our “glorious” Southport-road. The portion
of the road between Southport and Coomera is in its worst state for many
years. Sixteen gallons of petrol were used on the return trip. The
speedometer at Armidale read 5114 miles, and the reading on arrival home
was 5550 miles. Thus a distance of 436 miles was travelled at the rate of 27.25
miles per gallon.
From The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday 11 September 1928. Page 6

28 June 1928 – Border districts – sleet and snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

25 July 1928 – SNOW ON THE BORDER.
WALLANGARRA, July 25.
The heavy rain, which continued until 7 o’clock on Tuesday night, suddenly ceased, and a bright starry night followed. In and around Wallangarra appeared to be one big lake this morning, heavy clouds banked up from the
west with a piercing cold westerly wind. Showers of sleet have fallen all day, and this afternoon Bald Rock has a nightcap of snow. The maximum screen temperatures to-day were, at 9 a.m., 39deg., and at noon 49deg.
From The Brisbane Courier, Thursday 26 July 1928, page 16

2 August 1928 – Thunderstorms in the South-eastern portion of the State on Tuesday night were followed by a cold snap yesterday, and snow fell at Black Rock, near Wallangarra.
From The Queenslander, Thursday 2 August 1928, page 24

26 April 1929 – TASTE OF WINTER.
Radiators and Warm Clothes.
COLD EQUALS 70 YEARS’ RECORD.
After being spoiled by a fortnight of magnificent weather Sydney reacted violently to the bitterly cold south and south-westerly winds that worked up on Thursday night and gave a sharp foretaste of winter yesterday. People shivered and searched for overcoats, woollen “pull-overs,” and furs. In those offices where last season’s radiator could not be found or rust had played havoc with its mechanism, an order was promptly written out for a new one. The increased load on the electrical system must have been considerable. City people should be comforted in the knowledge that they suffered in common with all south-eastern Australia and parts of Queensland. Residents of the Blue Mountains, the New England, and the southern highlands had to contend with light falls of snow. The
widespread change is due to a sudden movement of conditions from the southern ocean. At the Sydney Weather Bureau the records for 70 years show that the maximum temperature of 57.4 degrees was never lower in any April than yesterday, although there was a similar reading on April 30, 1892. The
minimum temperature, 40.9 degrees, was also surprisingly low for this month. Several showers, which yielded 10 points, fell in the metropolitan area. Rain squalls and rising seas were reported from most places on the coast and several
steamers were forced to seek shelter or return to port. At the Weather Bureau last night a continuance of cold, squally weather to-day was indicated, it is probable that there will be isolated showers and rough seas on the coast, but an improvement may be looked for tomorrow,
NEWCASTLE, Friday.
Winter made a boisterous entry to Newcastle to-day. The morning dawned bitterly cold, and radiators and fires were in use in offices and homes. Early in the afternoon rain set in, accompanied by a freezing southerly, which gave no signs of abating late this evening, Nobby’s signal station reported to-night that the wind was reaching a velocity of 45 miles an hour, that seas were rough, and that the harbour bar was very dangerous.
BRISBANE, Friday.
Cold weather was experienced in the city to-day, the minimum temperature being
56.1, and maximum 68.5 degrees. Biting westerly winds added to the general discomfort. Reports from country centres also indicate that the cold snap extended over the greater portion of the State. At Wallangarra falls of snow occurred, being inches thick in gullies. The minimum temperature at Wallangarra was 37 degrees.
From The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 27 April 1929, page 17

INCHES DEEP IN GULLIES. WALLANGARRA, April 26.
A slight fall of snow was experienced this afternoon. Yesterday was quite a warm day, but a cool change took place early this morning. A heavy westerly wind blew all the morning, veering round to the south early this afternoon. About 3 p.m. the
first fall was experienced, are several further light falls occurred during the afternoon. In the bush on the western side of the town the fall was much heavier, being several inches deep in some of the gullies. A fall of snow at Wallangarra at this time of the year is phenomenal. The minimum temperature to-day was 37 degrees and the maximum 50 degrees. Rain at Glen Innes also was reported by mail train passengers.
From The Brisbane Courier, Saturday 27 April 1929, page 15

30 June 1929 – IN QUEENSLAND. A VIOLENT NIGHT. BRISBANE, Sunday.
A great part of south-eastern Queensland came under the influence of Saturday s storm. Throughout the night the wind blew with cyclonic force, accompanied by blinding rain, lightning and thunder in places over four inches of rain fell. All low-lying country and many country roads were soon under water. Creeks rose with great rapidity and motor traffic was held up between Brisbane and Southport, and on many other roads. A message from Wallangarra states that
a heavy fall of sleet accompanied by a few flakes of snow, was experienced there on Saturday. Rain fell during the greater part of the day. Roofs were blown off many houses.
From The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 1 July 1929, page 11

5, 6 July 1929 – JULY WEATHER
… very light showers fell between Killarney and Wallangarra on the 5th, with some snow and sleet.
From The Queenslander, Thursday 8 August 1929, page 10

MANTLE OF SNOW. WHITE-CAPPED MOUNTAINS TENTERFIELD, July 6.
Weather conditions at Tenterfield have been bitterly cold during the last few days. Cold south-westerly winds are blowing, with light snow. The hills surrounding the town are white this morning.
WALLANGARRA, July 6.
This morning residents awoke to find the ground covered with a mantle of snow. Bald Mountain also being capped. The sky was overcast and bitterly cold, the temperature at 9 a.m. being 36deg on the screen. Several slight falls of sleet took place during the morning.
TOOWOOMBA, July 7.
A bitterly cold day on Saturday was followed this morning by the heaviest frost experienced this season. The glass reading at the Botanic Gardens was 11deg., or 21deg. of frost. Taps were frozen, and gardens were considerably damaged. The cold morning gave place to a day of glorious sunshine.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 8 July 1929, page 15

24, 25 August 1929 – Stanthorpe – one of the heaviest falls of snow ever experienced.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

SNOW STORMS. AT WALLANGARRA. GOLD SNAP OVER EASTERN
AUSTRALIA, Heavy showers of snow fell at Wallangarra and Tenterfield on Saturday. Snow-has fallen or is falling generally over the highlands of New South Wales, extending to the western slopes. The snow storm is the most widespread
for many years.
WALLANGARRA, August 24.
The winter commenced early in April of this year with a fall of sleet and snow, and there is every appearance of winter departing in the same way. This morning broke very bleak and showers of sleet, accompanied by light snow, commenced to fall, At midday a heavy shower of snow, which was followed by other falls, covered the ground with a mantle of snow, in places some inches deep. Even the
trees began to turn white, but the sun broke through before the finish of the fall, and a brilliant spectacle was witnessed by practically the whole of the Border residents. The snow on the ground, melting with the warmth of the sun, caused a vapour to rise like steam from hot springs. Snowballing was indulged in, and a deal of fun resulted. The weather is bitterly cold, and there is every appearance of Sunday breaking with Wallangarra being snowed up, as showers continue to
fall, and there was every likelihood at 6 p.m. of their keeping on.
TENTERFIELD, August 24.
It was bitterly cold here to-day, and snow was falling at 10 a.m. It was a heavy fall for Tenterfield, and was unusual. The weather has been muggy up to to-day, with nasty winds.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 26 August 1929, page 13

HOCKEY. BALLANDEAN, August 29.
The Ballandean Girls’ Club met the Dominoes (Stanthorpe) in a game of hockey on the school ground on Saturday in bleak weather, the fall of snow in the morning having rendered the air icy. A vigorous and exciting game concluded with the scores at 2 all. Mr. Vic. Thompson acted as referee.
From The Brisbane Courier, Friday 30 August 1929, page 5

11 September 1929 – WINTER RETURNS COLD SNAP IN BRISBANE.
SNOW AT WALLANGARRA.
Cold, wintry conditions prevailed yesterday in Brisbane and in Southern Queensland generally. There was a light fall of snow at Wallangarra, and a heavy fall was experienced across the border between Ben Lomond and Black
Mountain. Wintry conditions made a convincing reappearance in Brisbane yesterday, in marked contrast to the summer weather which had prevailed during the preceding few days. Throughout the day the weather was cold and bleak, light showers falling at occasional intervals. Although unusually cool for this period of the year, the weather was by no means the coldest that had been experienced in September. Up to lunch time the meteorological authorities anticipated that a record for September might have been established, but an hour or so of sunshine
then dispelled this expectation. The maximum temperature during the day was 63.5 degrees, and there are 11 occasions on record when the weather in September has descended to a lower maximum. The lowest recording was in 1887, when, on September 12, the mercury could only climb to 60.4 degrees. Two years ago, on September 11, strangely enough, another cold day was experienced, the maximum temperature being 61.1 degrees, over two degrees lower than yesterday’s reading. As a comparison, it is interesting to note that the thermometer recorded a sweltering heat of 95.2 degrees on September 16, 1912.
Speaking yesterday in regard to the unwelcome weather, the Divisional Meteorologist (Mr. G. G. Bond) said that undoubtedly the main cause of the drop of the temperature was a moderate cyclonic disturbance which was operating off the far northern coast of New South Wales. He thought, however, that there would be an improvement in conditions to-day, and although not quite reaching normal September temperature, he expected that to-day’s weather would be a little warmer than that which prevailed yesterday.
STORM OPERATING.
The following advice was issued from the Weather Bureau at 10.30 a.m. yesterday:-A cyclone of moderate intensity is operating off the far northern coast of New South Wales. Its centre at 9 a.m. to-day was approximately east from Clarence Head In longitude 156deg. E. It is probably moving northwards or northeastwards.
TRAIN TRAVELLER’S EXPERIENCES. WALLANGARRA, September 11.
A strong southerly wind sprang up during last night, and the weather has turned very bleak and cold. Several showers of sleet have been experienced during the day, and there was also a light fall of snow. A passenger on the Sydney-Brisbane express this morning stated that a very heavy fall was experienced between Black Mountain and Ben Lomond, and the train ploughed through about 18in. of snow for a distance of about 10 miles.
From The Brisbane Courier, Thursday 12 September 1929, page 18

29 July 1930 – NEWS OF THE WEEK from ALL OVER QUEENSLAND.
A Daily Chronicle. WEDNESDAY, July 30.
Sleety showers of rain, with some light falls of snow, fell yesterday at Wallangarra. … Very cold weather was experienced at Stanthorpe during the week-end, and snow fell on Sunday.
From The Queenslander, Thursday 7 August 1930, page 24

3 August 1930 – Sleety showers of rain, with some light falls of snow, fell yesterday at Wallangarra.

BITTERLY COLD. SNOW AT WALLANGARRA. STRONG WESTERLY WIND.
WALLANGARRA, August 3.
A strong westerly was experienced on Saturday, and at night it became of gale force. There were also several light showers of rain, 5 points being registered up to 9 o’clock this morning. The wind to-day has been bitterly cold, and sleety, showers, with some light falls of snow, fell intermittently throughout the day. The maximum temperature reached 40deg. in the screen.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 4 August 1930, pages 12, and 13

SNOW AT STANTHORPE
STANTHORPE, August 4.
Very cold weather was experienced during the weekend and snow fell a few miles out on Sunday.
From The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday 5 August 1930, page 23

7 July 1931 – SNOW MANTLE. THE BORDER DISTRICTS. LOW TEMPERATURES. Wallangarra was covered with a mantle of snow yesterday, the temperature at 4.30 p.m. reaching only 39deg. Falls of snow were also experienced at Stanthorpe, Liston, Glen Innes, and Ben Lomond. Brisbane was swept by a bleak westerly wind yesterday. The highest reading (37.6) was reached at 2.30 p.m., and was the lowest maximum reading for July since 1922.
TOOGOOLAWAH, July 7
Bitterly cold weather prevailed to-day. A fall of sleet was reported from Biarra
this morning. A few light showers fell during the day.
TOOWOOMBA. July 7
The weather to-day was the coldest experienced for eight years. A very strong
westerly wind blew throughout last night and to-day, causing slight damage to the city lighting systems. Light showers fell 14 points being registered. The Curator of the gardens reports the maximum temperature as 41.4deg., and the minimum 37.3deg., the grass minimum being 36deg. Very cold conditions, are reported from all the Downs centres, with light showers. There were no signs of the weather clearing to-night.
CROW’S NEST, July 7.
Steady rain has been falling since Friday, approximately 1 1/2in. having fallen.
Rain was still falling at 3 p.m.. and a cold westerly wind was blowing.
WARWICK, July 7.
Drizzling showers continued yesterday and still prevailed at noon. Falls of snow
and sleet are reported from the Dalveen and Glen Innes (N.S.W.) districts. The
following were the rainfall registrations for the 24 hours ended 9 a.m. :-Warwick
12 points; Dalveen, 41; Leyburn, 16; Yangan, 6; Pratten, 13; Emu Vale, 5; Killarney 4; Wallangarra, 57; Ballandean. 52; Dirranbandi. 10; Thallon, 23; Talwood, l8 Goondiwindi, 14; Yelarbon, 10; Inglewood 13; Gore, 95; Allora, 8. A quantity of snow, still frozen, was brought to Warwick by the attendant on the T.P.O. attached to the mail train. Passengers on mail train report snow inches deep at Glen Innes, and knee deep at Ben Lomond (N.S.W.).
STANTHORPE, July 7.  
Icy weather has been experienced here since Saturday, to-day, being the worst.
Several falls of snow were reported this morning from the outlying centre; that
of 3in. at Liston (N.S.W.), about 14 miles out, being the heaviest. The maximum
temperature to-day was only 40deg.
WALLANGARRA, July 7.
After a very cold and bleak night snow commenced to fall this morning. The
fall lasted for several hours, and fences and trees were coated with a mantle of
snow. The temperature at 9 a.m. was 36 deg., and 4.30 o’clock this afternoon had only reached 39deg. on the screen. Misty showers were still falling at 5.30 p.m. A total of 57 points was recorded this morning. On the western side falls up to an inch were experienced, and the rivers are running very high.  
DIRRANBANDI, July 7.
Further rain, accompanied by cyclonic gusts of wind from the west, occurred
last night. The weather at 10 a.m. was still threatening. Details of falls are –
Dirranbandi, 10 points; Trafalgar, 12; Tootheranga, 12; Hooloovale, 14; Bullingle,
8; Bonnathorne, 19; Culhookie, 23; Calooma, 26; Denholm, 15 Roseneath, 17;
Honeymah, 5; Doondi, 10; Ardrossan, 7; Melcombe. 9; Booligar, 14; Rooneys, 25;
Lochiel. 17; Bookalong, 12; Old Woolerina, 10; Cubbie, 12; Mundah, 14; Oakey Park, 11: Dewarra, 5; Bunglebree 7; Oban, 4; Advance, 10; Cawaldi, 20; Bonnie Down, 15; Talwood, 25.
ALLORA, July 7.
Steady rain set in at midday on Saturday and continued throughout Sunday,
the fall at intervals being heavy. Cloudy skies prevailed on Monday with showers
on the ridges. The total fall amounted to 123 points. All the wheat land is sodden causing much uneasiness with regard to crop prospects.
From The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 8 July 1931, page 16

Wallangarra was covered with a mantle of snow on July 7, the temperature at 4.30 p.m. reaching only 39deg. Falls of snow were also experienced at Stanthorpe, Liston, Glen Innes, and Ben Lomond. On the same day Brisbane was swept by a bleak westerly wind. The highest reading (57.6) was reached at 2.30 p.m., and was the lowest maximum reading for July since 1922.
From The Queenslander, Thursday 16 July 1931, page 17

JULY WEATHER The rain conditions lingered on the south-eastern Darling Downs on the 6th and 7th, and on both dates snow fell in the Stanthorpe and Wallangarra districts.
From The Queenslander, Thursday 13 August 1931, page 12

4 September 1931 – WALLANGARRA, September 4.
Yesterdays storm yielded up to 1/2in of rain. To day a cold westerly wind was
experienced with snow clouds.
From The Brisbane Courier, Saturday 5 September 1931, page 12

21 June 1932 – 70 MILES OF SNOW. Bleak Weather Over Border.
WALLANGARRA, June 21. Passengers on the Sydney-Brisbane mail train via Wallangarra this morning had the experience of 70 miles of snow, from Walcha to Ben Lomond, the ground in places being covered to a depth of about 12in. Last night a very heavy fall of sleet was experienced here. Very bleak westerly winds have been experienced to-day, and this afternoon a light fall of sleet from the south occurred. The minimum temperature recorded this afternoon was 39deg., and late this afternoon there was every indication of a fall of snow to-night.
DIRRANBANDI, June 21.
Light sleety rain fell yesterday and to-day, with heavy banks of cloud and a bitterly cold westerly wind.
From The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 22 June 1932, page 15

26 – 27 June 1932 – Wallangarra – snow at Wallangarra and adjoining districts.
Brisbane – seen by seven observers, apparently just not reaching the ground.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

SLEET AND SNOW. Coldest Day This Winter.
BLEAK WEATHER.
Monday was for Brisbane the coldest and most unpleasant day so far experienced this winter. The 1 p.m. temperature was 19.5 degrees below the normal mean for that hour in
June. Snow fell at Wallangarra and. the Bunya Mountains, and a bitterly cold westerly swept the North Coast districts. The cold snap accompanied by rain, was at its worst in Southern Queensland. In Brisbane a remarkable phenomenon was observed, the temperature at 1 p m being only 49.8deg., whereas the normal mean for June about that hour is 69.3. The maximum in Brisbane yesterday was 57.8deg, reached at 9.5 a.m., and
is the seventh lowest temperature recorded for June, the lowest being 53.8deg, recorded on June 19, 1896. The fall to 49.8deg at 1 p.m. may practically be called a record for it was only 3.2deg more than the minimum registration of 46.6deg at 7 a.m. The following are the hourly readings at the Brisbane Weather Bureau – 7 a.m. (minimum) 46.6deg.; 8 a.m., 50.8; 9 a.m., 56.7; 9.5 a.m. (maximum) 57.8; 10 a.m., 53.5; 11 a.m., 52.2; noon, 49.9; 1 p.m., 49.8; 2 p.m., 52.8; 3 p.m., 53.0; 4 p.m., 53.4; 5 p.m., 53.2. Snow and Sleet.
Advices to the Weather Bureau from Wallangarra stated that sleet fell from 9 a.m. till 11 a.m. and at 4.30 p.m. again began to fall. At 9 a.m. Bald Rock was wearing a cap of snow and Donnybrook, about three miles to the west of the town, was covered by a mantle of snow. The maximum at Wallangarra yesterday was 50deg., and at Stanthorpe 51.8 was reached. The minimum at both Stanthorpe and Wallangarra was 37deg. At 4 p.m. Stanthorpe had a temperature of 45.2deg. and Wallangarra 46. No snow fell at Stanthorpe yesterday but light rain approximating 10 points on Sunday night was followed by a very bleak day, with an occasional sleety shower.
WALLANGARRA. June 27.
Steady rain fell during Sunday night, 14 points being recorded. The residents of the border were surprised on rising this morning to see Bald Mountain snowcapped, the fall on the western side being much the heavier. Donnybrook Mount, which appeared
white to the naked eye, when viewed with field glasses presented a pretty spectacle. The branches of the trees on the mountain for miles were covered with snow. It was as if a honeycomb quilt had been spread over the mountain. Settlers at the foot of the mountain
report a very heavy fall of snow, and the ground was covered to the depth of an inch. The fall took place at 5 a.m., and those who witnessed it assert that but for the wet ground, in consequence of the rain that fell during the night, there would have been a white carpet from Stanthorpe to the border. The temperature at 9 o’clock this
morning was 37deg., the minimum being 31deg. Heavy sleet fell between 9 o’clock and 10 o’clock. At 9.40 p.m. the sky was clear, but a cold westerly was blowing.
TOOWOOMBA, June 27.
To-day was the coldest day this winter. Following fairly heavy showers during the night, a cold south-westerly wind made conditions unpleasant, while sleety showers fell during the day. The maximum reading at the Botanic Gardens was 48deg., and the minimum 27.6deg. (Continued on page 13.)
SLEET AND SNOW. (Continued from page 11.) SOUTHPORT, June 27.
Unpleasant weather conditions were experienced on the South Coast today. After a bleak overcast morning, light, but steady, rain, accompanied by a biting southerly wind, commenced at 3 o’clock this afternoon. Snow on Bunya Mountains.
KINGAROY, June 27.
To-day light showers have fallen in the Kingaroy district, with piercing cold winds. In the Goodger district small hail, about the size of rice, fell, causing the wind to be icy cold and penetrating. Heavy frosts were reported in the district this morning, and snow fell in the Bunya Mountains today. At 5.40 p.m. the weather promised to be very cold and showery. The North Coast.
COOROY, June 27.
The weather conditions on the North Coast continue to change with surprising suddenness. This morning heavy frosts were noticed on the low-lying parts of the various districts. By 9 o’clock the weather had changed, and rain was falling, accompanied by bitterly cold westerly winds. The rain continued until noon, and this afternoon conditions were threatening. The frosts have not done any great damage to the crops, but have browned the grass considerably, also the tops of the sugar cane. Owing to the sturdy growth in evidence in the autumn and early winter months, the cane crops are standing the low temperatures very well.
Cane Affected.
BUNDABERG, June 27.
Several light showers fell this afternoon, but – another cold night is probable. The prospects for the coming crushing season are by no means bright, and the mills, which will not operate until about the middle of next month, If not later, will have a very short run. The cane has been affected by the recent frosts, and what little
many of the farmers had has been wiped out.
From The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday 28 June 1932, page 11, 13

7 July 1932 – GUSTY WINDS. BRISBANE WESTERLIES. Cold on Border.
Up to the present the cold weather in Brisbane has been almost entirely associated with westerly winds, which have the habit of keeping the day
temperatures low, but do not allow the mercury to fall very much lower during
the night. Brisbane has had one really bad day this season – June 19 – but heavy frosts have been conspicuous by their absence. This week conditions have been
made unpleasant by a stiff south-westerly blow – Sydney has experienced it also as the result of a cyclone operating off the New South Wales coast south-east of Sydney. Yesterday Brisbane felt some weighty gusts, the heaviest being at the rate of 39 miles an hour-minimum gale force – at 1.20 p.m. Many gusts over 30 miles were recorded, including 37 and 36 miles during the morning. But these were
mild compared to what a westerly in Brisbane can really do, for, on June 12, 1924, a velocity of 53 miles was recorded. It seems likely that windy conditions will continue to-day, for the cyclone is moving south-eastwards very slowly. The maximum temperature in Brisbane yesterday was 61.2deg., a drop of 10deg. from the abnormally mild weather of Tuesday, but below the normal July maximum of 68.5deg.
COLD IN COUNTRY.
As usual, Wallangarra and Stanthorpe experienced cold weather yesterday. Wallangarra had a temperature of 37deg., and Stanthorpe 39deg. at 9 a.m., at which hour Brisbane had 55deg. Wallangarra thermometers eventually climbed to a maximum of 45, and Stanthorpe attained 46.4. Several showers of sleet were experienced at Wallangarra on Thursday night, and slight falls of snow. The falls were not heavy enough to allow the snow to settle on the ground or
trees. Passengers on the Sydney-Brisbane mall train yesterday morning reported several heavy falls in the New England district, the snow on the Guyra and Llangothlin railway platforms being about 3in. deep.
From The Brisbane Courier, Saturday 9 July 1932, page 17

12 July 1932 – SNOW FIGHT.
Border Hilarity. HEAVY FALLS.
Snow was on the trees and ground for miles on the Wallangarra side of Guyra yesterday, and a good fall took place on Donnybrook Mountain, a few miles
from the border.
WALLANGARRA, July 12.
One point of rain was recorded from a sleety shower last night. The weather at 6.30 p.m. was still cloudy and extremely cold. “War” was declared after the mail train arrived this morning, there being a good issue of ammunition of snow aboard. The fighting was willing whilst the snow lasted, and the hilarity could be heard everywhere. Snow was on the trees and ground for miles on the Wallangarra side of Guyra, and a good fall took place on Donnybrook Mountain,
a few miles from the border. The temperature on the screen at 6 o’clock to-night was 36deg.
GLEN INNES, July 12.
Although the town had no show last night, various district centres had substantial falls, the breeze blowing from the heights causing the townspeople great discomfort. Bald Nob had a very heavy fall of snow during the night. Despite the rain which followed, snow was lying 12in. deep in places this morning. Steady rain set in at Glen Innes last night and continued for some hours, the registration being 45 points. To-day the weather was bright, but it was intensely cold.
WARWICK, July 12.,
The severe frosts this winter have affected the growing wheat, restricting the stooling of the plant. Instead of 10 or 12 shoots to a plant, many paddocks are showing spindly growth, with only three or four shoots, which, however, are hardy. Farmers are still sowing wheat, and will probably continue planting operations until the end of the month. The frosts have also delayed shearing operations and spring shearing will probably be reverted to this year.
From The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 13 July 1932, page 11

2 August 1932 – LOW TEMPERATURES. Wallangarra’s Record.
WALLANGARRA, August 2.
Since Saturday afternoon the weather has been extremely cold. The minimum temperature on Monday morning was 28deg., when a hard frost was experienced. The water in vessels was covered with a coating of ice. Today a strong, bleak westerly wind was blowing, the maximum temperature being 43deg. Several showers of sleet fell, and there was a fall of snow on Donnybrook Mountain. The temperature at 5 p.m. was 41deg. To-day’s readings are a record for August for
low temperatures.
From The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 3 August 1932, page 13

8, 10 August 1932 – SNOW AND SLEET. Falls on Border.
WALLANGARRA. August 8.
The temperature at 8.30 o’clock this morning was 37deg. At daylight a fall of snow took place, and later a heavy fall of sleet, resembling hail stones, took place. Passengers by train report that there was 6in. of snow at Ben Lomond, gradually becoming lighter as far as Deepwater where an inch lay on the ground. 8 x points was recorded at Wallangarra.
From The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday 9 August 1932, page 15

Abnormal mildness characterised the earlier part of the winter season, but after
the middle of June the coldest conditions for many years were experienced. By
registering 8deg. on 19th, and 10deg. On June 23, Stanthorpe’s grass minimum
reading of 12deg. In June, 1925, was broken twice within four days. A grass leading of 14deg, was recorded at Stanthorpe on July 16, and values were below 20deg. On nine other days between that date and the end of the month. Snow and sleet occurred in the Wallangarra district on August 2 and 10, and at Stanthorpe grass temperature was as low as 9deg. on 16th, and I4deg. on 17th. The highest shade temperature recorded during the year was 116deg. at Longreach, on 10th, and at Urandangie on January 11.
From The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday 10 January 1933, page 13

17 May 1933 – Stanthorpe – sleet.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

30 July 1933 – SNOW AND HAIL, TRAIN PASSENGERS’ EXPERIENCE.
WARWICK, July 30.
Passengers on the mail train from Sydney yesterday reported passing through heavy rain for most of the journey from Newcastle to the border, and snow at Guyra and Black Mountain. This morning hail fell at Cherry Gully, about 18 miles from Warwick.
SLEET AT WALLANGARRA.
WALLANGARRA, July 30.
Heavy showers, with light sleet, were experienced this morning. Snow was
falling at Ben Lomond when the mail train was passing through early this
morning. The mountains around Wallangarra are enveloped in a thick haze
and heavy clouds are drifting from the west. The weather is extremely cold.
From The Brisbane Courier, Monday 31 July 1933, page 9

3 August 1933 – Cold Day at Border.
WALLANGARRA, August 3.
The coldest day for many years was experienced to-day. Although the sun shone brightly the maximum temperature only reached 47deg. Snow up to 4in. deep, was experienced between Armidale and Glen Innes last night and this morning.
From The Brisbane Courier, Friday 4 August 1933, page 15

4 August 1935 – SNOW IN STREETS Wallangarra Scenes
WALLANGARRA. Monday.
Children played with snowballs in the streets of Wallangarra yesterday for the first time for many years, and there is a good coating of snow on the hillsides and in the ravines to-day. Snow-covered railway trains from New England, in New South Wales, are a common sight here, and snow is seen often during the winter months on the tops of the mountains that circle the township, which is
2875ft. above sea level, but it is only on rare occasions that snow falls in the town. The joyous shouts of the children awakened the townspeople yesterday
morning to see a mantle of snow over streets and buildings and fields. The
children ran from their homes, gathered the snow into balls, and had many a merry game pelting one an other. Although there was only a thin layer of snow on the streets, it was banked high about the fences, driven by the winds. A shower of sleet fell later in the day. To-day is warmer, and the sun has melted the snow in the streets, but the mountains three miles away are white walls of snow, which may last for some days. Although exceptionally cold conditions prevailed at Stanthorpe, 25 miles from Wallangarra, no snow fell.
From The Courier Mail, Tuesday 6 August 1935, page 13

15 June 1936 – HARD FROSTS AND BITTER WIND
Cold Wave as Far North as Mackay
STANTHORPE, Monday. To-day was the coldest day so far this year at Stanthorpe. After a cold, windy day yesterday, a heavy frost was registered this morning. The grass- reading fell to 18 degrees (14 degrees of frost) The maximum reading for to-day was 55.1. and the reading at 4.45 p.m. 47.1. The maximum reading yesterday was 49.9. Though this morning’s temperature was the lowest so far this year, it was not a record minimum for June. On June 30, 1934, the grass reading was down to 6.3 degrees; On June 19, 1932, the minimum was 8.2.
UNUSUALLY SEVERE ON DOWNS TOOWOOMBA, Monday. Following yesterday’s extreme cold, Toowoomba experienced a day of bright sunshine, which took some time to dispel the hoar frost, and did little to take the edge from a slight, but biting wind. To-night further extreme cold was experienced. Yesterday and to-day were the coldest days
experienced here at this time of the year for a number of years.
SLEET AT WALLANGARRA, Monday,
A heavy frost with a grass reading of 25 degrees was experienced on Sunday morning. A cold, bleak day, with westerly winds, followed. On Sunday night the first sleet this winter was experienced. Several light showers also fell this morning. Residents awoke to find the ground covered with a hoar frost, the thermometer having fallen to 20.6 degrees.
COLD SNAP AT MACKAY, Monday.
With the temperature ranging between 50 and 59 degrees to-day, Mackay wrapped itself in all the available overcoats, cardigans, blazers, and furs. The grey day was typical of southern conditions before a fall of snow. A cold southerly wind was blowing.
From The Courier Mail, Tuesday 1936, page 19

20 June 1937 – WIND CAUSES COLD DAY Boats in Trouble on Bay and River
Cold, boisterous south-westerly winds swept many parts of the south-eastern corner of Queensland yesterday, causing low temperatures. Five boats in Moreton Bay and the river were in trouble for a time; and the winds, combined with gale conditions off the New South Wales coast, were responsible for the cancellation of the Sydney — Brisbane air mail service. Northern services were continued, out activities were restricted at Archerfield. A fishing party aboard Mr. R. G. Patterson’s launch, Dixiana, made three rescues off King Island. The first was when the Dixiana was making from Peel Island towards Green Island, shortly after midday. A row boat, with a fisherman as the sole occupant, was seen drifting seawards. When rescued the man was suffering from exhaustion. Shortly afterwards, three men and a woman were taken aboard from another boat. They had been trying for some hours to row back to Wellington Point. The third boat contained three men and three women, who were all apparently in a state of exhaustion, and were unable to manage their boat in the westerly wind. All the rescued were taken to Wellington Point. The engine of a launch gave trouble
in the Hamilton Reach of the river early last night and the wind threatened to carry the boat on to the bank before the anchor checked further drift. The launch was towed to moorings. Later, a small motor launch was reported to have gone aground on a sandbank near Bishop Island, and the water police launch left to give assistance. It was not regarded as being in any danger, however, and was
expected to float off at high water. On the heights of Manly a large tree was blown across Ernest Street and it tore down seven telephone wires.
Low Temperatures
The Commonwealth Divisional Meteorologist (Mr. A. S. Richards) said last night that showery conditions in the early part of the week-end had quickly passed when the tropical influences causing them had gone out to sea. The disturbance had then developed into a cyclonic depression off the New South Wales coast, which caused both the gale conditions and the south-westerly winds. The
depression was expected to move east ward or north-eastward to-day. In Brisbane the maximum temperature dropped to 63.1 degrees, the lowest since June 25 last year, when 61.1 degrees was recorded, and 6.2 degrees below the average for June. The wind at times during the afternoon had reached 36 miles an hour. Low temperatures and showery conditions had also been registered in
many parts of the Downs. At Stanthorpe the maximum was only 46.5 degrees, or 12.2 degrees below the average, and 16.6 degrees lower than Brisbane’s maximum. Brisbane’s rainfall for the week-end was 27 points. A message from Stanthorpe last night stated that clouds of fine sleet enveloped the whole Granite district during the day and at times was so thick that visibility was limited to 100 yards. The sleet had grown denser as night approached and many of the older residents expected that if it ceased it would give place to snow.
Light showers fell in Toowoomba on Saturday, and afterwards the temperature began to drop slowly. The maximum yesterday was only 51 degrees.
From The Courier Mail, Monday 21 June 1937, page 13

4 July 1937 – IN GRIP OF WINTER Frost, Ice Over State
SNOW ACROSS BORDER
WITH snow across the border and ice, frosts, or biting winds covering areas as wide apart as Stanthorpe in the south and Cunnamulla in the west and Richmond in the north, Queensland is in the grip of winter. The sleets and fogs of Melbourne and Tasmania are not here, but the slanting sunbeams lack warmth, the wind whistles cheerlessly. Teeth chatter. Plants are frost-bitten. Snow fell on the summit of Ben Lomond, 25 miles from Glen Innes, across the border on Sunday, and loitered yesterday in the deep ravines. In the township last night there was ice on exposed water, and that in the taps was expected to freeze before
morning. Frost had settled early last night in Stanthorpe. By 10 o’clock the grass reading was 21.4deg., and, in the words of the postmaster, who took the reading at that hour, ‘it was getting colder every minute.’ The temperature still
had a long way to fall, however, to equal a grass reading of 6.7deg on Sunday morning, or the comparatively milder 10.8deg. of yesterday morning. Sunday morning was particularly severe. Water was frozen in the pipes, and taps were broken off. West — and North Wallangarra, although not far from the frosts of Stanthorpe, on the one side, or the snows of New England on the other, is having comparatively mild weather. The minimum yesterday was 39deg. Even the grass readings have not fallen exceptionally. However, it was cold and frosty at 10 o’clock last night. At Mitchell the grass reading yesterday was 19deg. Low minimum readings extended as far north as Winton (40deg.), Richmond (41), Cloncurry (45), and as far west as Cunnamulla (31), Thargomindah (32), Longreach, Barcaldine, and Adavale (34). Considerable damage was done in a
number of South Coast banana plantations.
From The Courier Mail, Tuesday 6 July 1937, page 13

22 August 1937 – Stanthorpe – sleety showers.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

20 June 1938 – Snow, Ice And Swimmers
Cold yesterday? Well, light snow fell in the Guyra and Ben Lomond districts of New England on Sunday night; and yesterday all the centres along the Dividing Range as far as Toowoomba reported exceptionally low temperatures. A hard westerly wind carried the upland air to Brisbane and coastal areas ; but the ‘icebergs’ of Southport, Coolangatta, and other beaches, would not forgo their daily surf. At Southport about 15 surfers were in the water between 7 and 8 a.m. As the sun came out others grew bolder, and several Southern visitors who were
tempted in, were even pleasantly surprised at the comparative warmth of the water! Mr. C. Lewis, of Coolangatta, who supervises the Kirra bathing pavilion,
never misses his morning surf — and yesterday was no exception. “I never notice it cold,” he said, and reminded his interviewer that the temperature of the sea water at Coolangatta in winter is only five degrees lower than in summer.
Snow; Frozen Taps
But on the highlands it was different. Passengers on the Sydney—Wallangarra — Brisbane mail train had a chilly night as they passed through the Guyra — Ben Lomond area, where snow was falling. Wallangarra had nine degrees of frost on Sunday morning, and all the loose soil, was frozen. Many house hold taps were frozen, and all exposed water was coated with ice. Yesterday morning there were only 6deg. of frost, but the biting westerly made the day easily the coldest Wallangarra has had this year. Stanthorpe had three frosts in succession. There were 11 degrees of frost on Saturday, 14 degrees on Sunday, and nearly five degrees again yesterday morning. On Sunday taps were frozen, and it was late in the morning before water would run from the tanks. There were fragments of ice in shaded pools until nearly midday. Early golfers found the water frozen in the tins which formed each hole. Though the frost was lighter Stanthorpe too voted yesterday the coldest day of the year because of the westerly wind that grew stronger as the day wore on before dying down. Last night residents were expecting that the grass temperature would reach single figures by this morning!
At Warwick the minimum temperature was 39.2deg., and the maximum 55.8, the lowest of the year. Toowoomba’s minimum was 38.9deg., and the maximum 53deg. The biting wind made heavy overcoats, gloves, and scarves almost universal. Farmers Benefit The cold spell has not only benefited chemists and purveyors of warming drinks. Farmers on the Downs will welcome the check to the growth of wheat, barley, and oats, particularly as rust had begun to appear in the crops. Orchardists will also gain. The cold weather will prevent the early blooming of trees, which might have led to serious losses in a subsequent cold snap. ‘My, its cold,’ said officials at the Brisbane Weather Bureau yesterday,
even though their instruments were less emphatic about it. The maximum temperature was 64 deg., 5.3deg. below normal, but 1.4deg. higher than the season’s lowest maximum recorded on June 12. The westerly wind reached a velocity varying from 50 to 30 miles an hour between 4000 and 5000ft. up. It continued early last night, and at 8 p.m. the temperature was 50.7deg.
Wind Turns South
The wind would gradually veer to the south to-day, with an increase of cloud,
said the Commonwealth Divisional Meteorologist (Mr. A. S. Richards). The minimum temperature yesterday was 53.5deg., 2.5deg. above normal, and
6.1deg. above Sunday’s. In the central-west, and south-west, there were cloudy conditions, with temperatures above normal. Scattered rain still seemed possible.
From The Courier Mail, Tuesday 21 June 1938, page 3

25 July 1938 – Toowoomba – snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

26 July 1938 – Darling Downs – sleet general.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

30 July 1938 – Wallangarra – Frequent showers with little sleet. Warwick – Light snow on Paddy’s Knob the highest point in the Condamine Gorge.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

31 July 1938 – Wallangarra – two very light falls of snow and sleet fell during the night, so light that it melted immediately on touching the earth.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

8 August 1938 – ‘SLEET LIKE SNOW’ NEAR BORDER
Westerly Wind Whips Corner of State
STANTHORPE and Wallangarra each had their coldest day this season yesterday. “Sleet that was almost snow” fell at both centres. Brisbane, like the towns closer to the New South Wales border, was whipped by a westerly wind which blew between 20 and 30 miles an hour in the city. The maximum temperature in Brisbane was 8.7deg. below normal, but was still several degrees above that of Sydney and Melbourne. The return of the chilly, wind followed a cloudy week-end in Brisbane, and rain in the city on Sunday night yielded 28 points at the Weather Bureau. The gusts yesterday kept the maximum temperature down to 62.5deg. At higher altitudes the wind reached gale force, increasing from 27 miles an hour at 600ft. to 54 miles at 5000ft. At Archerfield 40 miles an hour was reached on the ground. Weather Bureau officials expect a
gradual moderating of the winds to day and to-morrow, accompanied by
continued fine weather. Because of Sunday’s cloud the night temperature rose considerably, and the minimum, 52.1deg., was 2.2deg. above normal.
Topcoats At Midday
Stanthorpe people wore topcoats at midday yesterday. A resident said last night that that was so unusual it gave the best idea of how cold it was there. Sleet showers, “pretty close to snow.” fell in the afternoon. The minimum temperature was 35deg. The westerly wind was strong in the morning, intensified during the day, and was worst at night. It was stronger than the ordinary winter westerly. At Wallangarra the wind was very severe at 2 p.m., lulled for a few hours, and blew strongly again at night. The minimum temperature was 40deg. Toowoomba’s maximum was 54.5deg., and the minimum 41.7 (screen) and 40 (grass). Yesterday was not regarded as unusually cold there. The westerly blew in gusts, but was not of unusual velocity. The sun shone brightly throughout the day.
Tenterfield also reported one of its coldest, days this winter. Late in the afternoon there was a light fall of sleet, and last night the westerly wind was accompanied by driving rain. The maximum, temperature was 48deg. At midday. A cold south-westerly wind blew in Warwick, but no rain or sleet fell. High seas, whipped by the wind in open stretches of Moreton Bay, broke on Amity Point, where rough weather and high tides recently washed away the frontage for a distance of 100
yards. The launch Mirabel could not approach the beach, where landings have
been made by dinghy since the jetty was washed away. A special trip was made to drive piles for a temporary jetty, but not even the gear could be landed. Another attempt will be made to-morrow, weather permitting.
INTER-STATE TEMPERATURES
Max. Min.
Brisbane. 62.5 52
Grafton. 68 46
Sydney. 56.8 44.1
Melbourne. 51.8 43.2
Adelaide. 57.7 42.4
Perth. 60.9 52
Hobart. 52 40.2
From The Courier Mail, Tuesday 9 August 1938, page 1

6 June 1939 – Wallangarra – sleet.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

4 July 1939 – July 4, Day of Cold Records
MAXIMUM OF 52.1 DEG.
JULY 4 is not the day, to boast, about Sunny Queensland. Yesterday’s maximum temperature of 52.1deg. was the second lowest on record in Brisbane. The lowest, 51.1 deg., was recorded on July 4 last year. The Weather Bureau, however, promises pleasanter weather today, even if the day, is cloudy. Beneficial winter rain fell over the greater part of the State yesterday, though cold weather following might mean a temporary check in supplies. Last night the weather was clearing in the west. Cold conditions prevailed over the whole of Australia. Perth, with a maximum of 52.7deg., had its coldest day for 19 years, and the lowest maximum July reading for 30 years. A normal minimum temperature of 48.5 degrees was the one compensating feature in Brisbane’s most miserable day this year. Forty-eight points of rain, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., made conditions
more unpleasant. Loading operations on five ships in port were suspended. Cold caused a plate-glass counter in a Queen Street store to crack. In another store, a notice read: — “Please be patient; four hands away with ‘flu.” Staffs in most offices and shops were depleted by the ravages of colds and influenza.

Snow At Glen Innes
However, compared with conditions in the New England district, Brisbane
experienced a mild day. There were light falls of snow at Glen Innes, in the morning, and intermittent sleety showers drove before a piercing wind. Hills about the town were mantled in white. Six inches of snow fell at Guyra, and
four inches was recorded at Ben Lomond. Cold killed newly-shorn sheep in the
Goondiwindi district. Average rainfall on the Downs was about an inch. Downs temperatures were: Wallangarra: Maximum, 43 degrees; minimum, 41. Stanthorpe: Maximum 44. Warwick: Maximum, 47.5; minimum, 42.
Toowoomba: Maximum, 55.6; minimum, ??
From The Courier Mail, Wednesday 5 July 1939, page 1

11 July 1939 – BRISBANE FELT COLD,
BUT STANTHORPE – !
Though Brisbane shivered in yesterday’s westerly winds, it could have been much worse off. Stanthorpe and Wallangarra had the bitterest day of the winter. Everyone who could stayed at home by the fire. Those who had to go out showed
little more than cold-reddened noses beneath hats pulled down and coats and scarves pulled up. At times the sleet was as near to snow as It could be. Only two or three times all day did the sun shine through the driven clouds. At 8 a.m. Wallangarra’s temperature was 54 degrees. That was before the wind began. By
9 a.m. gusty rain and sleet, driven by a biting westerly, had brought the mercury down to 41 degrees. The rest of the day was only a few degrees warmer than freezing point. The westerly took all the warmth out of the brilliant sunshine in Brisbane. The temperature did not exceed 63.6deg., the lowest maximum reading
since July 5. The minimum yesterday was 50.4 deg., which was 1.7deg. above average and the highest minimum since July 5. The Weather Bureau expects cold
westerly winds for another day or two over the southern half of Queensland, with fine weather all over the State, except for a few light showers on the Southern Downs.
From The Courier Mail, Wednesday 12 July 1939, page 2

9 August 1939 – HEAVY SNOW ON BORDER
Drifts 6in. Deep
Last night Wallangarra had its heaviest fall of snow since 1907, drifts 6 inches deep forming beside walls, fences, and logs. Following a bitterly cold day, with
the thermometer at 40deg., several heavy showers of sleet, and a shower of rain, snow began to fall at 7.45, and continued for half an hour. A little later the stars shone brightly, but at 10 o’clock light snow fell again. In the first fall the flakes were the largest, and the fall was the heaviest since 1907. Motorists had great difficulty in making progress, as the fall was so dense that wipers could not keep the windscreens clear. Although the ground had been soaked by rain, the flakes covered it to a depth of an inch, and later last light the whole countryside was covered.
Sleet At Stanthorpe
Stanthorpe had one of the coldest days this winter, the temperature on the grass dropping in the early morning to 32deg.— freezing point. Frost was followed by a series of falls of sleet during the day, and a strong westerly made the day colder. Rain, heavy at times, fell last evening, and another cold night was reported. Warwick reported that 20 points of rain was recorded there in the afternoon, and hail fell in various parts of the Southern Darling Downs, particularly in the Maryvale area, at Allora, and to the south and west of Warwick. Tamworth had a heavy hailstorm.
Cold In City
The maximum temperature in Brisbane yesterday was 69deg., which, with a relative humidity of 34 per cent., was recorded at 3.10 p.m. This was 2.2 below normal, and the minimum, 47.1, was 2.8 below normal. The city had another cold snap last night. At 9 o’clock the temperature was 57.5deg., a drop of practically 2deg., on that recorded at the same time on Tuesday. Light rain was falling at 11,
and Weather Bureau officials expected another cold morning. They said that between the south eastern parts of the southern State; and New Zealand there was an extensive depression, which was gradually moving eastward. Fairly useful rain in South Australia had resulted from this depression. Clouds and scattered
showers were likely in the southern parts of Queensland, otherwise the weather should continue fine.
From The Courier Mail, Thursday 10 August 1939, page 1

Snow Storm Holds Up Motorists
Heavy rain, which made the roads impassable at Talwood, caused the
abandonment yesterday of a 2000-mile reliability run by Messrs. G. C. MacCartie and L. Moore in a 1939 singer Nine car. The Singer left Brisbane at noon on Wednesday, and arrived at Lismore 40 minutes ahead of schedule. The car passed through Tenterfield at 6.50 .p.m. on Wednesday on its way to Stanthorpe, and encountered a snowstorm, which was so severe that many stoppages were necessary to clear the windscreen. The Singer arrived at
Stanthorpe at 8.20 p.m. still ahead of schedule. Continuing through Texas,
the car reached Yetman early yesterday morning in heavy rain, and, though advised not to continue, the drivers carried on and reached Goondiwindi at 2.30 a.m. At Talwood, however, the roads were impassable, and the test was reluctantly abandoned.
From The Courier Mail, Friday 11 August 1939, page 16

SNOW ON HILLS Falls Near Stanthorpe
The heaviest fall of snow for several years was experienced in areas surrounding Stanthorpe early yesterday. Around the Wallangarra district traces of the snow which had fallen earlier were risible until 3 p.m. yesterday. At Eukey, 13 miles from Stanthorpe, the snow was an inch thick, and had drifted against fences and logs. Similar falls occurred at Ballandean, 15 miles from Stanthorpe Severnlea, 6 miles distant, and Glen Aplin, 8 miles away. A bitterly cold westerly wind, accompanied by sleet, blew in Stanthorpe all day yesterday, but only a few flakes of snow fell. The maximum temperature in the 24 hours ended 9 a.m. yesterday was 52deg., and the minimum, on the grass, 32deg. Rain which fell at intervals at Wallangarra from 11 p.m. on Wednesday melted the snow which had fallen there earlier, but on Donnybrook Mountain, four miles to the west, snow was visible until 3 p.m. yesterday. A bitterly cold westerly wind blew at Wallangarra yesterday. and light rain fell all day and last evening. Warwick reported last night that sleet fell in parts of the southern Darling Downs yesterday, and a cold wind prevailed. The maximum temperature in Warwick was 52.5deg. 42 m.p.h. Wind Squalls Weather Bureau officials said last night that another cold morning could be expected in Brisbane. At 9 o’clock the temperature was 52.5deg., which was 5deg. colder than at the same hour on Wednesday. A squally westerly wind during the day averaged more than 30 miles an hour, and at 1.30 p.m. attained 42 miles an hour. The maximum temperature, 61.5deg., at 2.50. p.m., was 9.7deg. below normal for August. It paralleled a similar recording on August 4. The minimum, 49.1, was only 0.8deg. below normal. The rain in Brisbane on Wednesday night was meagre, only one point being recorded at the Weather Bureau and 10 points at Gold Creek reservoir. Several suburbs had none. Cloud and showers were experienced along the southern fringe of the State
from Hebel to the Downs. Texas had 45 points, and Wallangarra 41, while Clifton and Allora had light hail. Similar conditions are expected to day. Weather Bureau officials say that westerly winds and disturbed skies will be associated with the intensive low pressure area which stretches from the south-eastern part of the continent to the Tasman Sea. It has been causing the present fresh to strong westerly winds. Snow fell early to-day at Mount Lofty and on the northern highlands of South Australia. The fall was more widespread than any other in the
past five years.
From The Courier Mail, Friday 11 August 1939, page 3

11 August 1939 – BUNYA RANGE UNDER HEAVY SNOW
Falls, Armidale to
Stanthorpe
42 M.P.H. WIND IN CITY
SNOW fell heavily within 120 miles of Brisbane yesterday. The fall was in a direct line — on the Bunya Mountains, in the north-west, and in the Stanthorpe
district, in the south-west. At Ballandean and Mt. Tully snowballing provided an
unusual sport for children. Motorists who arrived at Stanthorpe last night reported that they had travelled through snowfalls practically the whole of the way from Armidale, where last night rain and light snow were falling. In the city a biting westerly wind reached a velocity of 46 miles an hour, and maintained an average of 30 miles an hour throughout the day. Lowest temperatures for three
weeks were experienced in the city; It was one of the coldest approaches to Exhibition Week in recent years. However, Weather Bureau officials forecast that the westerlies would blow themselves out either to-night or to-morrow. Shortly before 7 a.m., following a cold night and a clouded sky, snow began to fall on the Bunya Mountains, and continued for two hours. By that time, in places in the vicinity of Mowbullan Mountain, the highest part of the Bunyas— 3600ft.— it was 6in. deep, but on other parts it was 2in. deep. The snow covered the bunya pines and other trees and shrubs, which presented a picturesque scene rarely associated with semi-tropical vegetation. Sleet followed the snow. Old residents cannot recall having seen snow on the Bunya Mountains previously, but sleet has been known before.
White-capped Hills
Snow again fell heavily on the New England Range yesterday morning, and strong south-westerly gusts from the snowcapped peaks caused the people of Stanthorpe to shiver. The mountains surrounding Ballandean were snowcapped until 11 o’clock. People motoring from The Summit to
Stanthorpe had their vision obscured by snowflakes. Stanthorpe was weathering its coldest night for years last night. The Courier-Mail’s correspondent said that a snowfall or a very heavy frost was expected there
this morning. Although only two light falls of snow were experienced at Wallangarra yesterday — between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. —heavy falls occurred during the previous night on the mountains surrounding the town. The Donnybrook Range, four miles to the west, was covered with a white mantle of snow, which extended for several miles, the trees, with their snow-laden branches, standing out clearly. The range was covered to a depth of from 6in. to 1ft,, and snow was
falling there at 9 a.m. The mountains remained white until 1 p.m., when most of the snow melted, although small white patches were still visible at 5 p.m. On Castle Rock and Bald Mountain, three miles away on the eastern side, large drifts of snow were visible on the rocks until 10 a.m., but the fall there was not nearly so heavy as on the Donnybrook Range. A bitterly cold westerly wind continued to blow at Wallangarra. The screen temperature at 9 a.m. was 36.5 deg. For the preceding 24 hours the screen minimum was 34 deg., and the maximum 45 deg. Yesterday, the grass reading was 26 deg, the minimum screen recording was 35 deg., and the maximum 44 deg. At 3.30 p.m. the temperature was only 35.5 deg.
Last night the sky was overcast, and the weather bitterly cold.
Rain and light snow were falling at Armidale last night, and it was reported that the surrounding districts were experiencing the worst weather, of the winter. The ground was white with snow at Guyra, 24 miles north of Armidale, and snow covered the countryside between Guyra and Glen Innes. For the first time in more than 10 rears sleet fell at Kingaroy, which had its coldest day this winter.
500 Sheep Die From Cold
More than 500 wethers, from a mob of 3700 that were travelling from Vindex to Millmerran, via Morven, perished from cold on the Augathella Road, 10 miles from Tambo, during one rainy night. The sheep had been shorn recently and were in poor condition.
Heavy in N.S.W.
SYDNEY, Friday.— There were extensive falls of snow early to-day over
the mountain areas in New South Wales. They were the most extensive for the year. For the first time since last winter the central and southern tablelands within a radius of 100 miles from Sydney were covered.
From The Courier Mail, Saturday 12 August 1939, page 1

12 August 1939 – Snow was experienced at Stanthorpe and Wallangarra on Friday, 12th, and around Bunya Mountains (Dalby) snow fell for nearly two hours, 6 in. deep.
From The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, Friday 5 January 1940, page 13

1 October 1941 – News In A Nutshell
STANTHORPE FRUIT.— The heavy frosts and a fall of snow in the Stanthorpe district in the last fortnight cut ground crops, and early peaches and plums in low-lying areas, but generally the effect was only to thin out the crops, which will save labour. Late frosts also assist to control fruit fly.
From The Courier Mail, Saturday 4 October 1941, page 5

FIRES AND SNOW IN QUEENSLAND BRISBANE. Wednesday. – Brisbane was swept by a record-breaking south-westerly gale to-day. The wind at times reached a velocity of 62 miles an hour. Hundreds of pounds worth of damage was caused to property. While a great part of South Queensland was menaced by fire. Stanthorpe was experiencing a heavy snowstorm followed by hail. People in the streets indulged in snowballing.
From The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 2 October 1941, page 10

THE COURIER-MAIL WEATHER MAP
THERE is still a deep depression in the central Tasman Sea, to the south of Lord Howe Island, but the main continental “high” has moved eastward, and is centred in South Australia and western New South Wales. A strong south-west to southerly wind stream still exists on the eastern coastline of Australia, but at lower levels it is more moderate than yesterday, and less gusty. The chart does not indicate any favourable rain prospects. The present circulation is maintaining unseasonably cold nights inland. This morning Mitchell reported a grass minimum of 24deg. Yesterday’s light sleet and snow at Wallangarra and Stanthorpe were the first to fall in those places in October for many years.  
From The Courier Mail, Friday 3 October 1941, page 8

378 MILES OF WIND BLEW THROUGH CITY IN 24 HOURS
A record total of 378 miles of wind blew through Brisbane at an average speed of 15¾ miles an hour in the 24 hours ended 9 a.m. yesterday. This was the result of Wednesday’s 62mile- an-hour south-westerly gale, the most vicious of its type South Queensland has known. The wind mileage, recorded at the Weather Bureau, beat the record of 355 miles made in October five years ago. Because of the wind all Southern Queensland temperature recordings on Wednesday fell
to below 65deg. Conditions moderated considerably over most of the southern half of the State yesterday, but at higher altitudes the wind was practically as strong as on Wednesday. Snow fell at Wallangarra and sleet at Stanthorpe yesterday morning. Late yesterday the westerly veered round to a north-easterly.
Weather in Brisbane was warmer, maximum temperature being 76.9deg., 7.7deg. above. Wednesday. The Divisional Meteorologist (Mr. A. S. Richards) said that the strong winds would not influence rain prospects. Conditions were still unfavourable to general rains. Firemen from Coorparoo brigade quickly extinguished a fire which burned several allotments of grass in Belgaum Street, Coorparoo yesterday.
From The Courier Mail, Friday 3 October 1941, page 5

21 June 1943 – Dalveen – sleet.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

25 June 1943 – COLD SNAP In Southern Areas.
Snow In Armidale.
BRISBANE. June 25.
Sleet, ice, and burst water pipes were common in parts of Southern Queensland last week, and snow three inches deep fell in Northern New South Wales. The cold spell was Brisbane’s worst for seven years, and Stanthorpe and Wallangarra, people say it is the most severe on record there. Ice was six inches thick on dams at Stanthorpe, and hundreds of water pipes burst there. Sleet, ice, and burst pipes are reported in Wallangarra, and three inches of snow was reported from Guyra and Armidale. While Brisbane early on Friday, morning had a minimum temperature of 37.9 degrees, the lowest for 10 years, Stanthorpe shivered with a minimum temperature of 16 degrees, with a glass reading of 7 degrees.
From The Cairns Post, Monday 28 June 1943, page 2

22 June 1944 – YOU report (C.-M., 15/6/44) the divisional meteorologist (Mr. A. S. Richards) as stating “that there are no records of snow falling in Brisbane.” May I respectfully draw Mr. Richards’ attention to “Results of Rainfall Observations made in Queensland,” H.A. Hunt, Commonwealth Meteorologist, Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, 1914, p. 140. In this it is stated: 1882, 27th July, snow fell at Toowoomba Warwick, and Stanthorpe; very slight fall observed by several people at Woolloongabba.”— John Miles (Nankin).
From The Courier Mail, Thursday 22 June 1944, page 2

15 July 1945 – COLD IN BRISBANE.
LOW TEMPERATURES THROUGHOUT THE STATE.
BRISBANE, July 15. – With the maximum temperature of 52.8 degrees, to-day was the coldest day in Brisbane since July 4, 1938 when the temperature was 51.1 degrees. This was the third coldest day-time temperature ever recorded at the Weather Bureau. A minimum of 44.2 degrees recorded at 5.20 a.m. to-day was 4.5 below the average and the lowest minimum temperature since June 30. The temperature at 1 p.m. to-day was only 52 degrees, only 2 degrees higher than at the same hour on June 27, 1932, when snow was reported to have, fallen in several Brisbane suburbs. Abnormally low temperatures are being experienced throughout the State, but particularly in parts of the central east and south-east.
LOWEST AT TAMBO
The lowest temperature in the State was at Tambo, where the minimum to-day was 32 degrees and the maximum 55. At Stanthorpe the minimum was 38 and the maximum 48. At Warwick a bitterly cold wind was blowing all day and a slight fall of sleet was reported for two hours at noon. Heavy frosts were reported
at many inland towns. The highest temperature in Queensland to-day was at Coen, on the Cape York Peninsula, – where the maximum recording was 82 degrees.
From The Cairns Post, Monday 16 July 1945, page 3

COLDEST DAY IN BRISBANE FOR 7 YEARS
WITH a maximum temperature of 52.8 deg., yesterday was the coldest day in Brisbane since July 4, 1938. This is the third lowest daytime temperature ever recorded at the Weather Bureau. Yesterday’s maximum was a drop of 11.9deg. from the maximum of 64.7deg. on Saturday. The minimum – 44.2deg. — was
4.6deg. below average, and the lowest minimum temperature since June 30. Yesterday’s minimum was at 5.20 a.m. Hourly -readings were:—
6 a.m. 44.8 2 p.m. 52.8  
7 a.m. 45.3 3 p.m. 52.5
8 a.m. 47.2 4 p.m. 52.3
9 a.m. 49.0 5 p.m. 51.7
10 a.m. 50.2 6 p.m. 51.2
11 a.m. 51.2 7 p.m. 50.2
12 noon 50.4 8 p.m. 48.8
1 p.m. 52.0 9 p.m. 49.3
Maximum temperature in the city was the lowest since the record maximum of 51.1deg. in 1938. The other low reading 52.3deg., was on July 8, 1922.
East Qld. Shivers
Yesterday’s maximum at 1.30 p.m. was 15.7deg. below the average maximum, temperature for July, and made yesterday the ninth consecutive day of subnormal maximum temperatures. Temperature at 1 p.m. yesterday was 52deg.— only 2deg. higher than at the same hour on June 27, 1932, the only day when, snow was reported to have fallen in several Brisbane suburbs. Abnormally low temperatures are being experienced throughout the State, but particularly in parts of the central, east, and south east.
Lowest temperature in the State yesterday was at Tambo, where the minimum was 32deg., and the maximum 55.
Other readings were: Goondiwindi, 40, 56; Roma, 42, 54; Stanthorpe, 38, 48; Charleville, 38, 55. At Warwick a bitterly, cold wind blew all day, and a slight fall of sleet was reported for two hours. Highest temperature in Queensland yesterday was 82deg. at Coen, on Cape York Peninsula. Capital city temperatures were:
Max. Min.
Brisbane 53 44
Sydney 55 44
Canberra 46 29
Melbourne 49 37
Hobart 50 36
Adelaide 54 42
Perth 67 52
Forecasts For To-day
Metropolis : Unsettled and showery, with squally south to southeast winds.
Queensland: Fairly general rain in the coastal districts south from Mackay and inland to the central highlands and Darling Downs. Otherwise fine except for scattered light showers on the northern highlands. Winds, south to south-east, fresh to strong on the coast south from Mackay.
From The Courier Mail, Monday 16 July 1945, page 1

CANNOT BUY HEATING AIDS TO COMBAT COLD
BRISBANE people who have been shivering in the subnormal temperatures of the last 10 days have little chance of obtaining additional heating appliances.
A survey of Brisbane stores yesterday revealed that gas and electrical heating apparatus is unprocurable. Radiator supplies can fill only 20 per cent of the demand. Firewood orders are still behind, and stocks are low, due to the recent wet season. Manager of Chandler’s Pty., Ltd. (Mr. G. W. Duncan) said that people had been telephoning all day to inquire about radiators. ‘At our retail, store in Adelaide Street the assistants became so hoarse explaining that there were no radiators for sale that they decided to copy the tobacconists. They put a large notice outside the shop stating ‘No radiators.’ But they are still getting inquiries.
Country Inquiries
‘Telegrams have been arriving from country centres for the last week asking frantically for radiators. At Warwick, Toowoomba, and Bundaberg we could sell the whole of our quota in a few days.’ Mr. A. A. Ewing, secretary of Trackson Brothers, electrical engineers, said the firm had been inundated with inquiries for radiators. ‘We have not one radiator in stock, and have no hope of supplying any for a few weeks,’ he said. ‘Supplies we have received would not cover 20 per cent, of requirements this month. ‘We could have broken all records for heating equipment in Queensland this year if stocks had been available.’
Rush On Firewood
Fuel depots report a heavy demand for wood in the last 10 days. A survey yesterday showed: — W. G. Runnegar, of Logan Road, South Brisbane: Sales have increased considerably in the last few days. Most customers have to be turned away, because, with the recent rains, we are already behind with regular orders.
Kewley Bros., Stanley Street: Twice the demand normal for this time of the year. Everyone working at top pitch to help supply orders.
Lacey Bros,, Stone’s Corner: We are rapidly catching up with orders, but new customers still have to wait until supplies improve.
DEMAND FOR WOOLLENS
Department stores in Brisbane reported a heavy demand on woollen clothes yesterday. Retailers previously had complained that, even with the lower coupon ratings, it was difficult to sell woollen garments in the short Brisbane winter.
Overcoats, men’s and women’s pyjamas, underwear, cardigans, and suits all sold at record volume in city stores. South Brisbane and Brisbane Gas companies reported a considerable increase in gas consumption. On Sunday, when the temperature was 15 deg. below normal, consumption was 15 per cent higher than normal for this time of the year. Brisbane City Council reported a substantial increase in the consumption of electricity in the last few days. On Sunday, when normally less electricity is supplied than on a week day, the figures rose to
record proportions.
SLEETY RAIN ON DARLING DOWNS
Low maximum temperatures on the Darling Downs yesterday were accompanied by sleety showers. Pour points was recorded at Stanthorpe, 7 at Toowoomba, and 25 at Goondiwindi. Highest temperature in the State was 80 deg. at Coen.
Capital city readings were:
Max. Min.
Brisbane 58 48
Sydney 60 47
Canberra 49 35
Melbourne 52 36
Hobart 51 31
Adelaide 55 39
Perth 61 52
The central and southern Queensland coast received some heavy falls of rain in the 48 hours ended 9 a.m. yesterday, and light rain was reported from scattered
parts of the Darling Downs, central, and north Queensland coastal areas. Heaviest falls were 356 points at Byfield and 347 at Emu Park. Many recordings exceeded 2in.
From The Courier Mail Tuesday 17 July 1945, page 2
19 May 1946 – Heavy snow fell on the Queensland border round Wallangarra, and between Stanthorpe and Warwick. Two inches fell in The Summit area within an hour and a half.
From The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 20 May 1946, page 1

SNOW AND DUSTSTORMS IN QUEENSLAND
BRISBANE, Sun: While snow-the heaviest for 46 years-was falling in the-hilly south-eastern border area on Saturday, the city was enveloped in dust from storms inland. The snow fell around Wallangarra, on the NSW border, and between Stanthorpe and Warwick. In parts it was 2in deep. In Brisbane dust reduced visibility in the city to only a mile and a half at 3pm yesterday. Squally west and south-west winds caused dust storms in dry areas round Thargomindah, Dalby, Roma, Kingaroy, and Gayndah. The wind carried the dust towards the coast as far north as Rockhampton and as far south as Lismore (NSW). Residents of Thargomindah were unable to work out of doors during the two days the storm lasted. Dalby reported that the town was inches thick with dust. Today Brisbane experienced a very cold snap, the, maximum temperature of 65.7deg at 3.5pm being 7.9deg below normal and the lowest maximum since September 1 last year.
From The Argus, Monday 20 May 1946, page 1

HEAVY SNOWFALL ON QUEENSLAND BORDER TOBOGGANING NEAR WALLANGARRA. BRISBANE, May 19. – Heavy snow fell on the border around Wallangarra and between Stanthorpe and Warwick on Saturday night and early this morning. A six -mile belt of snow, extended from Applethorpe, about three miles north of Stanthorpe, to Thulimbah, fell early this morning between 6.30 and 8 o’clock. Orchardists in the district said, tonight it was the heaviest snow in the district for more than 46 years. Mr. D. S. Fry, an orchardist of The Summit, said to-night that two inches of snow fell on his property within an hour and a half. He said: “I have been here since 1918, and I have never seen anything like it. The best we have ever had before had been a few odd flakes. This was heavy consistent snow, completely covering the trees and the ground.” A neighbour, Mr. J. G. Abraham, said it was the heaviest fall he had seen since his arrival in the district in 1921. A Wallangarra report tonight said that snow commenced to fall in the town and surrounding districts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, following sleety rain throughout the day. The average depth of the fall was one inch, but the falls were heaviest on the Donnybrook Range about five miles west of the town, where drifts of up to one foot in depth were still lying at 4 p.m. to-day. Last night the snow-capped range could still be seen from town. Hundreds of townspeople and garrison troops spent the day on the range snow-fighting and tobogganing.
COLD SNAP IN CAPITAL.
The eastern coast of Australia shivered to-day as temperatures in the capital
cities dropped to the lowest recordings of the year. Brisbane’s maximum
temperature of 65.7 degrees at 3.5 pm was 7.9 degrees below normal, and the
lowest maximum recording since September 1 last year. The minimum temperature in Brisbane was 55 degrees. The maximum temperature at Stanthorpe was 47 degrees.
GALE AT SYDNEY.
Sydney to-day had its coldest day since August, and gusts of wind reached full
force, one gust reaching 63 m.p.h. The wind reached 72. m.p.h. at Mascot airport, which had to be closed at 3 p.m. Maximum temperature in Sydney today was 57, with a minimum of 49. Melbourne’s highest reading was 57, and the lowest 53.
In Canberra the maximum temperature was 54 and the minimum 40.
From The Cairns Post, Monday 20 May 1946, page 5

Coldest Day For 8 Months
2 AREAS OF STATE WHAT A DAY
Heavy snow fell on the border around Wallangarra and between Stanthorpe and Warwick on Saturday night and early yesterday morning. The eastern coast of Australia shivered yesterday as temperatures in capital cities dropped to the lowest recordings of the year. Brisbane’s maximum temperature of 65.7 degrees at 3.5 p.m., was 7.9 deg. below normal, and the lowest maximum recording since September 1 last year. At 9.30 a.m., a south-south-westerly change with squally gusts ranging from 35 to 45 m.p.h. forced the temperature to drop six degrees.
The Acting Divisional Meteorologist (Mr. V. J. Bahr) forecast that in Brisbane today the weather would be cold and wet. Snow fell over a six-mile belt extending from Applethorpe, about three miles north of Stanthorpe, to Thulimbah, yesterday morning between 6.30 and 8 o’clock. Orchardists said yesterday that it was the heaviest known in the district for more than 46 years.
Mr. D. S. Fry, a Summit orchardist, said that two inches of snow fell on his property within an hour and a half. ‘I have been here since 1918 and I have never seen anything like it,’ he said. ‘It created a sensation in the district. It seemed to
start at Applethorpe and passed through The Summit on to Thulimbah. ‘The best we have ever had before has been a few odd flakes. This was heavy, consistent snow, completely covering the trees and the ground.’ A neighbour, Mr. H. W. G.
Abraham, said that it was the heaviest fall he had seen since his arrival in the district in 1921. ‘The flakes were quite big, and kept up from 6.30 until 8 o’clock.
Many At Snow Sports Snow began to fall at Wallangarra and surrounding
districts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, after sleety rain through out the day. Average depth of the fall in the town was an inch, but falls were heaviest on the Donnybrook Range, about five miles west of the town, where there were drifts up to one foot deep at 4 p.m. yesterday. Last night the snowcapped range could still be seen from the town. Hundreds of townspeople and garrison troops spent the day on the range, snow-fighting and tobogganing. Mr. Bahr said that to-day in
Brisbane would be fine at first with cool and squally southwesterly winds, with showers developing during the afternoon, accompanied by fresh southerlies.
From The Courier Mail, Monday 20 May 1946, page 1

6 June 1946 – Applethorpe – light fall.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

20 June 1946 – Wallangarra – snow reported.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

24 August 1947 – 3 EASTERN STATES SWEPT BY COLD WAVE
Biting Winds; Snow In South.
A COLD wave is sweeping the three Eastern States, with biting westerlies in Queensland and widespread snowfalls in the South. These were conditions yesterday: — QUEENSLAND: Winds at times reaching gale force kept temperatures down 10 degrees below normal over practically the whole State.
Light snow fell just north of the New South Wales border.
NEW SOUTH WALES.— Sydney had its coldest August snap for nine years. Heavy snow on the mountains interrupted electricity and telephone services.
VICTORIA: Heavy snow-fell on the Australian Alps and in most country districts. Temperature in Melbourne, which was shrouded in dense fog, ranged from 39. 1 degrees to 55. In Queensland, centres inland, and on the Downs recorded daytime temperatures nearly 20 deg, below usual late August readings.
Light snow fell early in the morning on Bald Mountain, about three miles north of Wallangarra, on the border. The first fall of the year in Queensland, it lay on the mountain until soon after daybreak. The Far North Coast was the only section of the State to escape the week-end’s sudden cold spell, which extended right
through to the Gulf country. South of Townsville, only one centre recorded a temperature above 70 degrees. This was Mackay with 72. Other northern towns which are usually basking in warm sunshine at this time of the year shivered under the westerly’s blast.
Frosts On Downs
CENTRES all over the Downs had light frosts yesterday morning. with indications of more severe ones to-day. The Weather Bureau has forecast frosts here and in the Maranoa district and central lowlands over the next few days.
A spokesman for the State Wheat Board said the frosts might affect some wheat crops, but most were not far enough advanced in growth to be seriously hit at this stage of the year. In most cases it would actually do more good than harm, he said. Frosts next month, however, could have a serious effect. Toowoomba caught the full blast of the winds and the maximum temperature, of 54,degrees was 17.3
degrees below normal. On the same date last year the town was having perfect early spring weather with the temperature at 71.3.
Icy Drizzle
Heavy rain clouds over the Stanthorpe district, kept temperatures fairly well up to normal, but the driving westerlies turned the light rain drizzle into icy sleet.
Bybera, about 22 miles north-west of Inglewood, maintained its record for being one of the coldest places in the State by registering 28 degrees early in the morning. At 9.30 last night the temperature was 38 degrees — only six degrees above freezing point. All towns’ as far west as Charleville and Cunnamulla reported freak, weather for late August. Further north, Tambo, Longreach, and Cloncurry, were all gripped -by the westerlies. Graziers said last night that the
sudden change had come too late to do much damage among sheep flocks, as shearing in most places had finished more than a month ago.
Gale Force Wind
CLOSER to home, Brisbane shivered under the blast of winds which reached more than 30 miles an hour in piercing gusts, The peak was at 12.30 p.m., when the westerly reached the gale force of 40 miles an hour. Moreton Bay was whipped into white-capped miniature waves in one of its most boisterous days this year. Conditions were so bad that boat-owners refused to hire out small craft to holiday makers. Planes flying on commercial air lines between Brisbane and Sydney averaged 10 minutes late on their down trip because of the winds. Privately-owned small wing planes at Archerfield were grounded all day.
10 Degrees Drop
BRISBANE’S highest temperature, 66.3 degrees, was five degrees below normal. The minimum was only 49 degrees, about average for August, but readings fell
quickly after sunset. Between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. temperatures fell more than 10 degrees.
From The Courier Mail, Monday 25 August 1947, page 1

24 August 1948 – UNEXPECTED COLD WEATHER IN MOST OF STATE
43 DEGREES AT HERBERTON.
BRISBANE, Aug. 24.-The Divisional. Meteorologist (Mr. A.S. Richards) said yesterday that gusty westerlies would continue for another two or three days, but should start to moderate to-day. The westerlies with cold weather in their wake, are blowing through most of the State and even causing temperature drops in the tropics. The coldest northern temperature was at Herberton, where it was 43 degrees. Snow and sleet fell over the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales almost to the border but none fell in Stanthorpe or Wallangarra. Cold nights can be expected for some, time, even
though the winds moderate.
From The Cairns Post, Wednesday 25 August 1948, page 1

Forecast points danger period
GUSTY westerlies would continue for another two or three days, but should begin to moderate to-day, the Divisional Meteorologist (Mr. Richards) said yesterday.
The westerlies are blowing through, most of the State, and are even causing the temperature to drop in the tropical north. At Herberton yesterday the maximum was only 43deg. At Normanton it was 72deg.— 15deg. below normal. There were further frosts yesterday in the Central Southern Division, Warrego, and Maranoa. Lowest recordings were at Bybera and Mitchell (20deg.), Pittsworth, Stanthorpe, and Kingaroy (23deg.), and Tambo (28deg.). Snow and sleet had fallen over the northern table lands of New South Wales, almost to the Queensland border, Mr. Richards said. The westerlies blew in Brisbane throughout the day and were at their strongest —47 m.p.h. — about 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. To-day should be fine and cool, with south-west winds.
From The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 25 August 1948, page 1

4 June 1949 – Stanthorpe – slight to moderate drifting snow, heaviest for 20 years (see 1929 above). Wallangarra – snowing heavily. Boonah – sleet.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

HIGH WIND GOING; FINE DAYS NOW
THE bitter westerly which swept eastern Queensland on Saturday decreased in intensity yesterday. But it blew strongly all day. Fine weather throughout
Queensland is expected by the Weather Bureau for the next two days. Reason for the weather’s rapid improvement yesterday was the movement of a deep depression off New South Wales. This had swept the Eastern States with cold air
from polar regions. A Weather Bureau official said yesterday that the depression had moved further out to sea faster than was expected. “This has resulted in decreased wind velocities,” he said. Warmer day temperatures, but colder frosty nights would follow, the official said. More frosts. The cold air over the southern half of Queensland had moved further north, and was expected to bring frosts on
the Atherton Tableland this morning, he added. Granite Belt residents who, on Saturday morning awoke to find the district blanketed by a heavy snowfall had “a
lovely day” yesterday. They found their taps were not even frozen. After Saturday’s big freeze little early improvement was expected. Because of the westerly wind and overcast sky, no frost was reported in the district.
Temperature up.
Snow could still be seen lying on some of the hills around Wallangarra yesterday morning. The thermometer, which on Saturday did not rise above 36 degrees at Stanthorpe, registered a maximum of 53 degrees yesterday. With a maximum temperature of 65.7 degrees, 8.1 degrees higher than on Saturday, Brisbane yesterday felt comparatively warmer. The maximum was reached at 2.50 p.m., and was 3.5 degrees below normal. The minimum of 52.3 degrees was recorded at 5 a.m., and was 8.5 degrees warmer than Saturday’s minimum temperature.
From The Courier Mail, Monday 6 June 1949, page 1

19 July 1949 – Springbrook, Mt Tamborine, Donnybrook, Cunningham’s Gap and Mt Mitchell – sleet reported at Springbrook and Mt Tamborine. Snow reported at Mt Donnybrook, Cunningham’s Gap and Mt Mitchell.”
From Bureau of Meteorology.

FREAK GALE HITS TOOWOOMBA
BRISBANE, Tues: A freak storm at Toowoomba last night in a few minutes caused thousands of pounds of damage, wrecking five houses under construction and unroofing others. The wind reached 100-mph. Flying roof iron severed power and telephone lines and cut telephone communication temporarily with all centres west of Toowoomba. A series of storms brought good rainfall to the Darling Downs, where there is a record wheat planting of 680,000 acres.
Early today light snow was reported at Springbrook, and sleet was reported at Tamborine, Wallangarra, and Cunningham’s Gap. A blanket of cold air from the
Antarctic had swept into Queensland, bringing electrical storms, snow, and sleet, a Weather Bureau official said tonight.

Most of Q’land frost-bitten
BRISBANE, Wed: – Most of Queensland was frost-bitten today. The frost line extended 800 miles from Herberton, in the north, to the southern border, and 950 miles from Western Queensland to the coast. Snow fell at Wallangarra, and Brisbane had its coldest night temperature for a year, the lowest being 38.9 degrees at 4.20am.
From The Argus, Wednesday 20 July 1949, page 3 and Thursday 21 July 1949 page 5

FIRST FOR 67 TEARS.
WARWICK, July 20. – A few flakes of snow fell in isolated parts of Warwick between 8.30 and 9 o’clock this morning. Even though the snow flakes could
almost be counted it was the first snow seen in Warwick for 67 years, according to Mr. H. Sterne, clerk of the Rosenthal Shire Council. For the second morning in succession the peaks of Mt Mitchell and Cordeaux could be seen white tipped front Cunningham’s Cap. At Stanthorpe snow began to fall around 7 o’clock and continued with intermittent drifts for a couple of hours. At 10 o’clock there was still a little snow on the ground, but the fall was by no means heavy. Light, falls were, also recorded throughout the Granite Belt one in particular being noticeable at Cottonvale.
From The Cairns Post, Thursday 21 July 1949, page 1

27 August 1949 – Floods On North Coast Threaten To Isolate Several Towns
Several towns on the lower North Coast and northern tablelands are in danger of being cut off by floods following torrential rain Local floodings have occurred in the Coffs Harbour, Armidale, and Port Macquarie areas, where heavy falls of snow are also reported. Low-lying areas of Kempsey are a sea of water, and before morning it is expected that most of the town, including the main streets, will be under water. All residents in low-lying areas of the town are leaving their homes and thousands of head of cattle are being moved to higher ground. There were distressing scenes last night as these residents began to move their furniture
and belongings in blinding rain and intense cold. Part of the railway line between Uralla and Kelly Plains is under water and railway officials say that if the rain continues to-day all rail-way traffic on the line will stop. Trains affected are those to Moree, Tamworth, Brisbane via Wallangarra, and Glen Innes. A “Herald” pilot who flew over the northern tablelands yesterday said the country between Uralla and Armidale was badly flooded. The country north of Armidale was thickly covered in snow up as far as Ben Lomond. “Ben Lomond must have
had a two-foot layer of snow,” he said. “Yesterday’s fall of snow in this area was the heaviest I have seen on the northern tablelands. “Because of bad visibility I
did not see Armidale at all when I flew over it. “All the creeks south of Armidale are running bankers and have spread out across the fields forming giant lakes.”
WARNING ISSUED  
Last night the Weather Bureau issued a flood warning for the North Coast, and a
storm warning to shipping off the N.S.W.- coast. Further heavy rain during the night and early to-day (Saturday) was expected to cause flooding in some areas
between the Bellinger and Manning Rivers. Rough to very rough seas were expected east and north of Sydney. The Deputy Director of Posts and Telegraphs, Mr. S. F. Kellock, said last night that snowstorms and heavy rain had wrecked the main northern tablelands trunk line on both sides of Guyra. Only four trunk lines of the normal 27 to Brisbane were working. Armidale last night reported the heaviest floods. The local gas works are flooded and all gas supplies have stopped.
All roads leading into Armidale are blocked by heavy snow and floodwaters. Police evacuated six families from low-lying parts of the town yesterday. They rescued one woman who was stranded with her three-months-old baby in water
knee-deep. Police said last night that if rain continued to-day more than 50 families would have to leave their homes. Dumaresq Creek broke its banks yesterday morning and late last night an area of half-mile radius was under water.
From The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 27 August 1949, page 1

20 July 1951 – QUEENSLAND BRISBANE, Friday. –
Most of the State to-day had the lowest temperatures since June 4, 1949.
South-westerlies between 45 and 50 miles an hour kept temperatures low as far north as the Atherton Tableland. Wallangarra, on the border, had sleet in the morning. Brisbane’s maximum temperature to-day was 59.2 degrees, the lowest for two years.
From The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 21 July 1951, page 3

22 August 1951 – 100,000 Square miles suffer
LASHING WIND AGAIN TO-DAY
SQUALLY south-west winds are expected to continue to sweep 100,000 square miles of southern Queensland to-day. Bitterly cold winds and low temperatures
yesterday gave the State one of its chilliest days this winter. In an icy 24-hour
spell: — Snow fell in the Wallangarra and Stanthorpe districts. Taps froze in the heart of the Clermont bushfire area. Brisbane was lashed by wind gusts nearing 50 m.p.h. Weather Bureau Deputy Director (Mr. Richards) said last night a deep depression in the Tasman Sea was causing strong west to south-west winds. They were not expected to ease until to-morrow.
Snow, sleet
Snow and sleet were recorded in half a dozen southern border centres yesterday.
Wallangarra had two snow falls of seven minutes each, between 8.30 and 9 a.m.
Light falls were also recorded at Dalveen, The Summit, Amiens, and Wyberba.
In Clermont’s bushfire area heavy frosts froze taps and coated shallow pools with ice.
In the Greater Brisbane area the strong westerlies whipped up bush and grass fires. Fire swept through 100 acres of Nudgee bushland before firemen and local
volunteers could control it. Eighteen grass fires were reported in the suburbs.
Helps water
Water consumption in Brisbane and Ipswich in the 24 hours to 9 a.m. yesterday
was 27,788,000 gallons, a drop of nearly 10 million gallons on previous daily figures before Monday’s rain.
From The Courier Mail, Wednesday 22 August 1951, page 1

12 July 1953 – Lamington Plateau – sleet reported.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

Freak weather for 10,000 sq. miles of State
BRISBANE SHIVERS WITHOUT SUN ON COLDEST DAY IN FOUR YEARS
BRISBANE had its coldest day for four years yesterday, and the coldest July day since July 15, 1945. Maximum temperature of 58.4 deg — 10.1 deg below normal, and 9.4 below Saturday’s June 4, 1949. The city had only 20 minutes sunshine.
A Weather Bureau official said last night that the freak weather was caused by warm air from a small low depression over the sea rising to high altitudes, mixing
with cold air and forming cloud. Cool south – westerly to southerly winds also helped to lower temperatures. Wind gusts in Brisbane reached a peak of 28 mph at 4.45 pm. Last night’s temperature readings in the city were :
5 pm 57.1deg
6 pm 56.3deg
7 pm 54.9deg
8 pm 55.0deg
10 pm 54.5deg
11 pm 54.0deg
Snow in cloud
Freak weather was experienced by a 10,000-square mile corner of south-eastern
Queensland. A Trans-Australia Airlines pilot reported a heavy snow storm in cloud at 11,000ft at 4 pm — 20 minutes’ flying time from Brisbane — over the McPherson Range, on the Queensland – New South Wales border. Miss A. W. O’Reilly, of O’Reilly’s Guest House, on the Lamington Plateau, McPherson Range, said: “The weather was miserable. Rain and sleet, the first for two years, fell. At 8 am the temperature was only 38deg.” At Stanthorpe, the Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing’s fruit retail branch manager (Mr. R. J. Head) said the cloudy weather reached near-sleet conditions. A thick veil of cloud masked the sun in the 10,000 square-mile area practically all day. Cold. Drizzling showers fell in isolated areas. Rainfalls, from 9 am to 3.
EXTENT of the freeze in South-east Queensland yesterday: (MAP DRAWING)
pm, included: Brisbane Weather Bureau three points, Southport 7, Toowoomba 2, Amberley 9. FOOTNOTE: In Far Northern Queensland, at Bowen, skies were cloudless and the day was warm.
Near freezing
MELBOURNE (by teleprinter)— Heavy fog that caused chaos to road, rail, air, and shipping transport on Saturday was followed yesterday by the city’s coldest morning for 11 months, with a temperature at 8.50 am of 33.6deg— 1.6 deg above freezing point.
Fine in Sydney
SYDNEY (by teleprinter) —Sydney had a fine day yesterday, when conditions
in various parts of the State included fog, light rain sunshine, and cool to mild
temperatures.
From The Courier Mail, Monday 13 July 1953, page 1

17 August 1953 – Granite Belt snow fall
People of the Granite Belt awoke yesterday to find taps frozen, water in glasses and basins iced, and glistening snow all around. On Sunday and early yesterday, the northern part of the Granite Belt had its heaviest snow fall since 1949. In some areas snow was still lying on the ground at 2 pm yesterday in brilliant
sunlight. Acting Stipendiary Magistrate at Warwick (Mr. C. W. Knowles) said when he reached Stanthorpe at 10 am that it was white all the way through for 10 miles between Dalveen and Applethorpe (seven miles from Stanthorpe).
Third of winter.
Senior Constable W. E. Nolan, of Dalveen police, said yesterday’s snow there
was the third fall this winter, but the heaviest for four years. Hail and sleet showered much of the Granite Belt on Sunday afternoon.
From The Courier Mail, Tuesday 18 August 1953, page 3

1 June 1956 – Eukey – light snow reported. Wallangarra – light snow showers, sleet fell most of the day.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

9 June 1956 – Stanthorpe area – light snow reported. Melted as it hit the ground.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

10 June 1956 – Eukey (near Stanthorpe) – two falls of snow each lasting 10 minutes after 7 am and 8 am. Light and fluffy flakes. Bunya Mountains – light falls of snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

22 May 1957 – Stanthorpe area – light snow and sleet Stanthorpe and Marshall Crossing (8 miles southwest of Stanthorpe).
From Bureau of Meteorology.

4 September 1958 – Stanthorpe, Wallangarra, Dalveen, Amiens, Eukey – light snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

21 September 1958 – Stanthorpe, Wallangarra, Dalveen, Toowoomba, Brisbane – light snow. Football players at Stanthorpe couldn’t see each other from either end of the field during a fall of snow. Light snow flakes seen by 4 observers at 5.15 pm: OIC Met Office Eagle Farm at Moorooka, a New Zealand woman at Wooloowin, Bowen Hills near Cloudland and at Taringa (screen temp at time 60 degrees Fahrenheit.).
From Bureau of Meteorology.

29 September 1958 – Donnybrook Mt (4 miles West of Wallangarra) – heavy falls of snow. Snow cover could be seen from Wallangarra.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

25 July 1959 – Southeast Districts – snow reported in scattered areas from Biggenden to NSW border. Toowoomba – snow in heart of city from 6 to 8 am. Sleet during the day. Bunya Mountains – heavy snow on peaks, lighter falls at foot. Dalby – sleet at 6 am. Pozieres, Amiens and Summit District – snow up to 3 inches deep. Warwick – light snow early morning, sleet during day. Stanthorpe, Wallangarra – heavy snow. Crow’s Nest, Anduraurba, Pechey, Glenauen, Plainly, Boonara (6 miles from Goomeri), Biggenden, Mt Walsh – light snow. McPherson Range – snow capped.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

5 July 1960 – Cunningham’s Gap, Bunya Mountains – light falls.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

12 July 1960 – Sunday Creek (25 miles from Kilcoy) – evening falls.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

13 July 1960 – Queensland’s heaviest recorded fall of snow occurred on the Bunya Mountains. A 15 cm carpet of snow was measured on August 15, 1939 and again on July 13, 1960.

Southern Districts – snow in scattered areas on 24 mile front, 150 miles of NSW border (Kingaroy to near Roma). Bunya Mountains – commenced 2 am, 6 inches deep at 9 am and still falling. Reported heaviest in memory. Snow patches on Mt. Mowbullen late afternoon. Muckadilla, Yuleba, Mitchell, Cooranga North, Surat, Roma, Bell – snowfalls reported in districts. Darling Downs – sleet.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

19 July 1960 – Wallangarra, Dalveen, Amiens, The Summit, Applethorpe, Mt Tully, Liston – snowfalls reported in these districts.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

22 June 1961 – Wallangarra, Stanthorpe, and neighbouring districts, Bunya Mountains, Muckadilla – light snow. Sleet at Stanthorpe.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

27 July 1961 – Stanthorpe – sleet.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

10 August 1961 – Pozieres and The Summit – light snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

24, 25 August 1961 – Stanthorpe, Wallangarra – sleet during the night.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

21, 22 August 1962 – Wallangarra, Stanthorpe, Eukey, Pozieres, Thulimbah, The Summit – light snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

13, 14 June 1963 – Dalveen, Passchendaele, Stanthorpe, Eukey (3 inches deep), Wallangarra, Tenterfield – light snow. Boonah – sleet.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

12 May 1964 – Granite Belt – light snow, hail and sleet (earliest on record).
From Bureau of Meteorology.

22, 23 June 1965 – Granite belt – sleet and very light snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

19, 20 July 1965 – On 20 July 1965, snow fell over a vast area of western and central Queensland with one snow report as far north as Eungella National Park, west of Mackay.

Clarke Range (Western Mackay), Central Highlands, Northern Warrego, Maranoa, Darling Downs – light snow falls reported over a wide area extending from the Clarke Range (Western Mackay), the Central Highlands, through the Northern Warrego to the Maranoa and Darling Downs.

Dalrymple Heights – light snow reported in the Dalrymple Heights area Northwest of Mackay – believed to be the northernmost occurrence of snow in Australia in recent times.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

15 May 1968 – Stanthorpe – light snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

23 July 1968 – Stanthorpe – light sleet and snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

16 August 1968 – Bunya Mountains, Proston – snow reported.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

21 August 1968 – Stanthorpe – snow reported.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

22 September 1969 – Stanthorpe, The Summit, Killarney – snow reported.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

27 June 1971 – Dalveen and other Granite Belt areas – light falls of snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

8 July 1972 – Stanthorpe – snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

7, 8 July 1974 – Moorlands (20 km East of Stanthorpe) {The Compiler of this record believes this should read as Maryland} and areas around Stanthorpe – snow at Moorlands {Maryland} and areas around Stanthorpe. Heaviest for some years.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

10 September 1976 – Stanthorpe District – snow fell in parts of the Stanthorpe District.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

10 June 1977 – Mt Mowbullan – reports of ice and snow (20 miles east of Bell.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

21 June 1982 – Mount Canning – sleet at Mount Canning.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

3 July 1984 – Three years later (3 July 1984) snow extended from coastal western Victoria north along the Dividing Range to Stanthorpe and Toowoomba in Queensland. Sub-zero temperatures persisted at Armidale (northern NSW) for 36 hours.
From Bureau of Meteorology

4 July 1984 – Stanthorpe, Bunya Mountains – snow reported throughout the day.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

5 July 1984 – Wallangarra – 9 a.m. report of sleet and snow.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

2 September 1985 – Ballandean – snow was reported from Ballandean on the Granite Belt, in the morning.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

18 July 1989 – Stanthorpe – widely scattered light snowfalls in Stanthorpe, did not collect on the ground.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

20 July 1992 – Texas, Amiens, Eukey, Poziers – Snowfalls at Texas, Amiens, Eukey on Southern Granite Belt (Courier Mail 21 July 1992) and light snow at Poziers (Gold Coast Bulletin).
From Bureau of Meteorology.

14 July 1996 – Mount Tully, Mount Superbus – Snow Mount Tully (1.8 km west of Stanthorpe) and Mount Superbus (just east of Warwick) (Courier Mail) “First sleet and snow in Queensland’s high range country for many years.” (Courier Mail).
From Bureau of Meteorology.

19 August 1996 – Granite Belt, Eukey – snow on Granite Belt – snow melted almost as quickly as it hit the ground. Grazier at Eukey “had snow last month too”. (Courier Mail).
From Bureau of Meteorology.

23 June 1998 – Eukey – snow fell for about 2 minutes during the morning at Eukey.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

27 July 2000 – Bunya Mountains – sleet. Sleet and light snow at Springbrook. Very light snow melting on impact with the ground at Mudgeeraba.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

23 June 2005 – There were isolated reports of snow, ice and sleet in SE QLD. At Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt, where elevations range from 800 to 1000m, snow fell and police reported icy roads from a combination of snow, previous rain and low temperatures. Stanthorpe Summit sawmill manager Greg Howard told The Courier-Mail that flakes were about the size of a 10c piece and the fall was the longest he could recall since 1984. Ballandean winemaker Blair Duncan said he watched snow falling and settling on the tops of cars for about 30 minutes between 9.30 and 10am at his Symphony Hill winery, about 20km south of Stanthorpe. Snow was also reported at Glen Aplin, Applethorpe and Eukey in the Granite Belt, the first for 7 years. The Brisbane office of the Bureau of Meteorology received a report of sleet falling at Wacol in Brisbane’s southwest and another of sleet at Toowoomba.
From Australian Weather News Thursday 23 June 2005 – http://www.australianweathernews.com/news

Snow/frost/ice Queensland. On the 23rd a mixture of light snow and sleet fell over parts of the Granite Belt. This is the first report of snow in Queensland since July 2000.
From Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Vol. 18. page 92

12 August 2005 – Bunya Mountains – There was a report of sleet at the Bunya Mountains between 7.00 a.m. and 7.30 a.m..
From Bureau of Meteorology.

16 November 2006 – A major unseasonal cold outbreak affected southeastern Australia from 15-17 November. Snow fell near sea level in southern Tasmania, above 400 metres in central Victoria, and through large parts of the NSW tablelands, including Canberra. It also fell as far north as Stanthorpe, Queensland. Numerous record low maximum temperatures were set on the 15th and 16th. In the wake of the cold outbreak many sites in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales set record low minimum temperatures on the 17th, with a Queensland state record of 0.0°C at Stanthorpe and Applethorpe, and Sydney (8.3) had its coldest November night since 1905.

Snow Queensland – On the 16th a large high-pressure system over the Southern Ocean directed a deep southerly air stream over southeastern Australia. The cold southerly winds combined with an unstable air mass to produce some light snowfalls about the higher ranges near the New South Wales/Queensland border and into far northeastern New South Wales on the 16th and some sleet on the Granite Belt the following day. Many new record cold daily minimum temperatures occurred in the Southeast and parts of Central Queensland.
From Australian Climate Summary: 2006 Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Vol. 20 page 10 Andrew Watkins and Blair Trewin
National Climate Centre, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia
Address for Correspondence:
Andrew Watkins, NCC, Bureau of Meteorology, PO Box 1289, Melbourne VIC 3001 Email: A.Watkins@bom.gov.au http://www.amos.org.au

16 November 2006 – Snow falls surprise Qld residents
Snow has fallen in southern Queensland.
Granite Belt residents say snow flakes and sleet fell for between 10 and 15 minutes at about 10:30am along the border between Queensland and New South Wales.
Mobile Mechanic Paul Verri has lived in the Stanthorpe area for 28 years and says he has never seen snow this late in the year.
“More sleet and light rain,” he said.
“We’ve got a couple of cars parked outside and there’s flakes on the cars, just an odd isolated scutter.
“I guess I’ve never seen it before this time of the year.”
Senior forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology, Craig Mitchell, says cold air from Victoria and New South Wales triggered the snow.
He says such cold temperatures in November are rare.
“I think it’s pretty unusual, especially now that we’re nearing summer time,” he said.
“To get that cold outburst with temperatures to the extreme that we’re currently seeing at the moment would put it down to a pretty unusual sort of weather event.”
The Bureau of Meteorology says the last time snow or sleet was reported this late in the year was in early October 1941.
From – http://www.abc.net.au

9 June 2007 – Toowoomba – unofficial report of sleet at Toowoomba.
Bureau of Meteorology.

19 June 2007 – Oakey – Met. Office received a report of sleet at Stanthorpe.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

20 June 2007 – Toowoomba University of Southern Queensland – alternating between light snow and sleet just before 8.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m..
From Bureau of Meteorology.

28 June 2007 – Stanthorpe – Channel 7 received a report of light sleet at Stanthorpe early this morning.
From Bureau of Meteorology.

8 July 2007 – July 2007 Snow Queensland A snow flurry, light hail and sleet were reported from the Stanthorpe area on the 8th.
From, Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Vol. 20 p. 127 – website – http://www.amos.org.au/documents/item/81

28 July 2008 – Brisbane to reach freezing point.
Tony Moore, July 28, 2008 “Snow began falling near Stanthorpe this morning as Brisbane prepares for its coldest morning so far this year on Wednesday.
Brisbane Weather Bureau senior forecaster Geoff Doueal this afternoon tipped the pre-dawn temperature to be zero degrees on Wednesday.
“We have forecast that it is going to be around 6 degrees, but we think it is going to be a lot colder than that,” Mr. Doueal said.
“Just before dawn on Wednesday morning around Brisbane we think it is going to be around zero.”
Meanwhile, Pam Smith from the Granite Belt Wine and Tourism Association confirmed it had been snowing at Eukey, 15 minutes’ drive south of Stanthorpe, this morning.
“There’s quite a lot of snow out around Eukey,” Ms Smith said.
“Apparently they have had enough to settle on the ground.
“If it is going to snow it will snow in Eukey first,” she said.
Ms Smith said snow had also been reported at Applethorpe, and at The Summit and Thulimbah, towns to the south of Stanthorpe.
In Stanthorpe itself there has been sleet and light rain as temperatures dropped to 3 degrees overnight.
In Brisbane the chilly temperature – it was 15 degrees at 1pm, six degrees colder than predicted – has been caused by a cold, high weather system moving over the area.
Geoff Doeaul tipped the temperature to drop to six degrees overnight and back up to 6 degrees on Thursday, either side of Wednesday’s morning’s chilly zero degrees.
He said the wind-chill factor would make it feel colder during the days, but predicted the temperature would warm up as the week progressed.
“It will still be chilly. It will still feel cold, but it will begin to warm up towards the end of the week,” he said.
“It will warm up and during the day it will get back to around 20, 21 degrees.”
From – http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au

Published by Germinal Press
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(c) Robert MacMaurice 2011

This collection is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, without prior written permission from the sources indicated. The material sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology, The Australian Broadcasting Commission, Australian Weather News, AMOS, and Brisbane Times, remains copyright with those organisations and all rights are reserved.

National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry

Title: Snow in and about Stanthorpe in the newspaper records
1863-2010 / edited by Robert
MacMaurice.

Edition: 1st

ISBN: 9780646559438 (pbk.)

Subjects: Snow–Queensland–Stanthorpe.
Stanthorpe (Qld.)–History.
Stanthorpe (Qld.)–Social life and customs.

Other Authors/Contributors:
MacMaurice, Robert, 1953-

Dewey Number: 551.578499433

Acknowledgements :- Grateful acknowledgement is made to The National Library of Australia and in particular to the Library’s website www. trove.nla.gov.au, where most newspaper material collated here was obtained. Also to the Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland Regional Office whose observation record has been used throughout this booklet; also to Tony Moore of The Brisbane Times, for his article; Laurier Williams of Australian Weather News; the Australian Broadcasting Commission; and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.

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22 comments on “Snow in Stanthorpe Queensland and surrounds

  1. Sue, Thank you very much for including this material on your vast stream of research. I’m sure that there is more material that highlights other observations and I hope people add to this collection. When I started collating this material I did not expect to find observations of snow fall in Brisbane. But sure enough there are two such observations on 27 July 1882 and 24 July 1927.
    Nor did I expect to find an observation for 25 December 1927 in Stanthorpe. I think the truth of this one is a frost report on 25 December 1932, that has become a bit embellished over time! Even so frost on Christmas Day is unusual enough also. I have found about a dozen or so, reliable observations of Summer frost events in this area over time.
    The photos that you have added are also very appropriate and informative.
    Here’s another unusual snow observation on 11 April 1939 up near Townsville –
    11 April 1939 – FLYING-BOATS MEET WITH SNOW.

    Storm in Queensland. BRISBANE, Monday.

    To-day for the first time since inauguration of the service flying-boats encountered snow on the Darwin-Townsville route. Captain G. U. Allan in charge of the Cambria flew through snow at a height of 10,500 feet about 90 miles west from Townsville which would place his machine slightly, north of Charters Towers. Captain Adair in command of the Corio also passed through what appears to have been the same snowstorm when 150 miles west-north-west of Townsville.

    From Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 11 April 1939, page 13

    All the best with your interesting and informative web site. Regards, Robert

  2. Fantastic information Sue. What a treasure trove. I look forward to seeing more offerings from others. Regards, Robert

  3. Hi Robert and Sue,
    I have been travelling a similar course re Qld Snow for the past 20 years. Your compilation Robert is a great archive. If you google Queensland Snow, you will come across my pages, hosted by ‘Aimidale Weather’ which has extensive records from 1878 to present for SE Qld snow. There are also thoughts and observations about statistics. Would be happy to make contatct. My email:
    n.oughton@griffith.edu.au
    Cheers,
    Nicholas

  4. There’s got to be more such observations for Sydney. I know of 2 for Brisbane and have heard of more again for Melbourne. Hobart? Adelaide? Perth? Got my doubts about Darwin!

  5. Yes.Robert. This discussion could be currently relevant with the chance of near sea level snow and thickness BELOW 532 on the 31st July 2014 in Melbourne and surrounds
    Ken Kato from BOM says
    “I haven’t had a detailed look at the cold setup but a quick glance at the numbers suggests snowflakes could get pretty close to Melbourne itself e.g. thicknesses below 5280m and 850hpa temps down to almost -5C in the region with a fair bit of moisture to depth… although it wouldn’t be the first time.”
    source
    http://forum.weatherzone.com.au/ubbthreads.php/topics/1271378/3
    ————————-

    I will start a new snow thread for this interesting topic of low level snow events . I do it tomorrow
    cheers

  6. Not stanthorpe but some areas in south Queensland
    A report by Annerxley on WZ of snow falling around

    11th/12th July 2015</h3?
    http://forum.weatherzone.com.au/ubbthreads.php/topics/1335371/Re_SEQLD_NENSW_Showers_storms_#Post1335371

    "Got back from my camping trip at Girraween N.P. this week… what a bloody weekend! Got there on Sunday, sky was clear, temp was around 5C. As night fell, it dropped to around 2-3C fairly early on and sleeted most of the night. Woke up at 5am to a few light flurries of snow, which had settled in a few places in the tracks up towards Mt. Norman, then drove down to Mt McKenzie in Tenterfield where the snow had settled a few inches deep. Temp was about 1.5C in Girraween, and around -0.5C on top of Mt Mckenzie. Sleeted on and off all day on Monday, temperature struggled to get to 4C, and in a few higher areas around Castle Rock there were a few wet flakes in the sleet late in the afternoon. Pretty crazy to see settled snow in Queensland!

    Heres a few photos:

    Sleet in Girraween Sunday night http://imgur.com/oGtRUEU

    Settled snow near Mount Norman Monday morning (QLD) http://imgur.com/WHg0cjl http://imgur.com/nZLrpWC

    Snow on Mt McKenzie http://imgur.com/MMW2tRb http://imgur.com/cgQQwnU http://imgur.com/uzTetMq http://imgur.com/rkIJcvI http://imgur.com/0XqfV1F http://imgur.com/THyhsLa

    Snowfield right at the back of Girraween on a side road, in QLD. Taken about 7:30am, temp outside was 2C http://imgur.com/fGg9x7Y

  7. 16th JULY 2015 Snow in Stanthorpe

    “Stanthorpe had 8cm of snow overnight, the heaviest falls in Queensland in a decade

    Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-snow-stanthorpe-gets-highest-falls-in-a-decade-20150716-gie9sn.html#ixzz3g8rGRa00
    47 photos in this gallery

    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-snow-stanthorpe-gets-highest-falls-in-a-decade-20150716-gie9sn

    Gallery of 14 pictures here

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-17/thick-snow-blankets-southern-queensland/6626630

    Extracted from the ABC gallery
    View from Mt Marley overlooking stanthorpe

    Snow noted at
    Giraween national Park
    Eukey
    Ballandean
    Wallangarra south of stanthorpe

    “The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said up to eight centimetres has been recorded by locals around Eukey and Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt.”
    “But what we can say is we had a record of five centimetres falling in 2007 and nothing significant in our records between then and 1984, so it’s entirely possible that these are the best falls seen in Queensland in over 30 years.”
    Stanthorpe resident Margaret Osborne said she has not seen anything like it since the “great snow fall” of 1984.
    It is the second time this week snow has fallen in the region.

    Eukey got a very light dusting on Monday, which melted as it touched the ground.
    Mr Carey said the wind chill was particularly significant at Applethorpe on the snowy granite belt, where it was officially 0.7 degrees Celsius around 10:30am, but the apparent temperature measured just -6.6 degrees Celsius.

    At the same time Brisbane was 11.4C, but the wind chill made it feel like it was 6.5C.”
    “The last time Queensland saw snowfalls near this magnitude was in 2007, according to the bureau, when five centimetres was recorded in some parts of the Granite Belt.

    http://www.redlandcitybulletin.com.au/story/3217457/queensland-snow-stanthorpe-gets-highest-falls-in-a-decade/?cs=6
    Mr Campbell said it began to fall about midnight and continued throughout much of the night, as temperatures plummeted below zero.

    Applethorpe on the Granite Belt recorded a low of minus 2.5 degrees.”

    BUNYA MOUNTAINS .. EXtreme frost conditions

    http://www.southburnetttimes.com.au/news/freezing-temperatures-turn-bunyas-winter-wonderlan/2708668/
    “While many hoped for snow, what they got was hoarfrost.

    Resident Janelle Petersen said the frost, which is formed by fog freezing, settled on trees and branches overnight.”

  8. Morning of 17th July 2015..

    Thanks to ken Kato
    ” Here’s a few photos I took yesterday morning from

    Eukey and Ballandean, both near Stanthorpe:”


    ——-
    NEWS article
    http://www.stanthorpeborderpost.com.au/news/forecasters-underestimated-snowfall/2709044/

    “A WEATHERZONE meteorologist said he was surprised to learn between 5cm and 7cm of snow fell in Stanthorpe in the early hours of this morning, with models originally predicting a possible ‘light dusting.’

    Meteorologist Guy Dixon said although Weatherzone models predicted the atmosphere would be cold enough for snow, they didn’t predict the amount of precipitation that would join it.
    ——
    Another news article with photos
    http://www.stanthorpeborderpost.com.au/news/breaking-thick-snow-covers-stanthorpe/2708545/

    “Pretty much all models underperformed in terms of precipitation levels for the Border Ranges and Granite Belt,” Mr Dixon said.

    “They were only showing the potential for a light dusting of snow. The east-coast low sitting off New South Wales contributed more moisture than originally expected.

    “This is fairly typical of these systems…they can be quite erratic in terms of how much moisture is filtered in. Precipitation levels were underestimated yesterday.”

    Forecasters were confident there would be some snow or sleet at altitudes higher than 1000m above sea level.

    However, snow started to blanket Stanthorpe (811m) at about 12:30am, with even heavier falls in Eukey (965m) and Wallangarra (895m).

    Snow continued to fall at Eukey and Wallangarra well into the morning.”

  9. Did it really snow in Toowomba JULY2015 ~17th

    http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/snow-toowoomba-can-you-confirm/2708585/

    “Angliss Meats Toowoomba shared the above CCTV footage of snow/sleet falling in Toowoomba in the early hours of Friday morning on Facebook.”
    http://www.thechronicle.com.au/videos/snow-captured-butchers-cctv/30546/
    http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1
    “Toowoomba resident Zac Waite contacted us with the below footage of snow/sleet captured on their security cameras yesterday morning in East Toowoomba. ”
    http://www.thechronicle.com.au/videos/cctv-captures-snow-falling-east-toowoomba/30547/

    http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

    “8AM SNOW IN TOOWOOMBA?? We have reports can anyone confirm this!” Higgins tweeted.

    “Toowoomba woman Barbara McGovern wrote, “Evidence of sleet on Prince Henry Drive – very chilly and grey. Could we be that lucky!”
    http://www.thechronicle.com.au/videos/heavy-snow-fall/30511/

    ——

    Picture gallery at base of the web page
    Example

    WALLANGARRA

  10. TOOWOMBA 1984 snow

    http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/icy-blast-30-years-it-snowed-toowoomba/2309234/

    “A band of hardy snow enthusiasts turned up at Picnic Point on July 4, 1984, after snow fell throughout Toowoomba.”

    “THIRTY years ago today, children in Toowoomba and in parts of the Darling Downs built snowmen and enjoyed snowball fights.

    The snowfall – the first on the Darling Downs in nearly 24 years – came as temperatures fell to one degree about 1pm and an icy Antarctic blast swept across the region.

    Snow fell at Thornton in the Lockyer Valley, Stanthorpe, Applethorpe and in the Toowoomba suburbs of Mount Kynoch, Highfields and Centenary Heights.

    Media on the day reported “several factors had combined to bring the freezing upper temperatures to the coldest (they) could remember in about 30 years”.

    The upper atmosphere temperature was reported as being minus 34 degrees.”

  11. Thanks to Ken Kato for his ph0t0s 0f sn0w in s0uth QLD

    16th/17th JULY 2015

    “3 snowfalls within 6 days near Stanthorpe. Snowfalls also in Toowoomba and down to 300m elevation at Cunninghams Gap about 60mins SW of Brisbane. You may or may not have seen some of my pics but here’s some of them from that area (the 1st one is of one of the many wineries/vineyards in the region):”

    Ken later addded
    ” snow depths of 10cm were common around the lower areas in the general Stanthorpe region but some people reported up to 20cm in the deeper snowdrifts/dunes on some of the back roads near Eukey, Mt Norman and other higher areas of Girraween National Park.”

  12. Further to the above post of the

    16th/17th july 2015

    . Here is some more info from

    KEN KATO
    “” Yep crikey, apart from last week’s snowfalls, 1984 is one of the most famous and well documented events in SE QLD/NE NSW (as well as SE Australia in general) in recent decades… both in terms of snow accumulations and also snowfall extent (including the Gold Coast hinterlands, Cunninghams Gap and numerous parts of Brisbane as well as widespread areas in SE QLD/NSW/VIC). Snowfalls were also observed across four consecutive days in some locations in SE QLD, some lasting all day. There’s been other significant accumulations of snow before 1984 but obviously not as many photos as 1984 and last week’s event.

    Last week’s snowfalls were similar to 1984 and some other past events… but from the quick glances I’ve seen (still trying to catch up), my first impression is that 1984 may have been bigger, both in terms of snowfall extent and accumulated snow depth. There’s no reports so far that I’m aware of which indicate snow fell in places like the Gold Coast hinterlands last week (in contrast with 1984) and daylong snow in the Bunya Mountains (the vids/reports I’ve seen from there last week suggest it may have been rime ice falling from trees rather than snow but hard to tell with certainty). Having said that, there may have been some locations which received higher snow depths last week than 1984 but many places saw lower depths this time. But like in 1984, confirmed snow was observed at both Cunninghams Gap (with some accumulation) down to 350m elevation on the coastal side only 70mins from Brisbane and also in Toowoomba.

    If you’re not aware already, this website’s been my one of my favourites over the years for detailing snow events in SE QLD, possible 30yr cycles in big snow events, etc:

    http://www.weatherarmidale.com/qldsnow.html
    http://www.weatherarmidale.com/Qld%20Snow%20Table.htm

    Re 500hpa temps, I remember seeing some forecasts going for around -30C for the border ranges (-33C around southern parts of the NSW northern tablelands) while the observed soundings from Brisbane Airport recorded -24.9C near the Brisbane area later on Friday morning. ”

    P.S. to the above, back in 2008, I saw heavy snow falling just north of Stanthorpe and on that day, even the weather balloon launched at Brisbane Airport recorded -33C at 500hpa and it was even colder aloft where the snow fell.

    Here’s some more pics, this time from inside the cabin near Stanthorpe that I stayed in.


  13. Thanks to

    KEN KATO..Brisbane meteorologist

    Further to the above 2 posts.. Ken has emailed me a fabulous summary of snow falls in sth east QLD
    Those cabins ( in the picture above) were around 800m in Ballandean just near Eukey and Stanthorpe about 15mins north of the QLD/NSW border. I almost got bogged in deep snow there in an area with little mobile phone reception so it was a close call.

    Even though the region averages about one to two snowfalls per year (anywhere between May and Nov), the most recent snowfalls had the deepest accumulations since 1984. Not only that but it was the 3rd snowfall in 6 days. Having said that, 1984 and some other previous events had deeper accumulations in a lot of places.

    Here’s some quick comparison stats I’ve been compiling so far for a few of the locations in this region. There’s many other locations in the region but these are just a handful of them.

    HISTORICAL SNOWFALLS IN SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

    ———————————————————————————————-

    CLARKE RANGE inland of Mackay

    (this winter 2015) – No snow.
    CLARKE RANGE inland of Mackay (past events) – Snowfall 1965 (Jul) and to date is still the northernmost location on record that confirmed snow has been observed in QLD. Snow also extended all the way from the Darling Downs to the Central Highlands on the 19th and 20th due to a very cold southwest flow wrapping around the rear flank of an intense east coast low near southeast QLD.

    BUNYA MOUNTAINS northwest of Brisbane

    (this winter 2015) – Mainly rime ice and hoar frost observed falling from trees.
    BUNYA MOUNTAINS northwest of Brisbane (past events) – Snow observed 1932 (Jun), 15cm accumulations in 1939 (Aug), 1956 (Jun), 1959 (Jul), light snow 1960 (Jul), 15cm accumulations again in 1960 (13th Jul), 1961 (Jun), 1968 (Aug), 1977 (Jun), daylong snow in 1984 (Jul), and sleet in 2000 (Jul).

    CUNNINGHAMS GAP southwest of Brisbane

    (this winter 2015) – Snowfall observed down to 350m. Some accumulation on trees/peaks above 1200m.
    CUNNINGHAMS GAP southwest of Brisbane (past events) – Snow observed 1949 (Jul), 1960 (Jul), and 1984 (Jul).

    GOLD COAST HINTERLANDS

    (this winter 2015) – No confirmed snow.
    GOLD COAST HINTERLANDS (past events) – Snow observed Binna Burra 1984

    BRISBANE

    (this winter 2015) – No snow.
    BRISBANE (past events) – Snowfall 1882 (Jul), 1927 (Jul), 1932 (Jul), 1958 (Jul), 1984 (Jul – and one of the more well-know events with numerous reports of snowflakes from upper levels of CBD buildings and suburbs).

    WALLANGARRA

    (this winter 2015) – Snow with accumulation.
    WALLANGARRA (past events) – Snow observed 1878 (Jul), 1887 (Jun), 8cm accumulations in 1895 (Jul), 1899 (Jun), 1900 (Jun), 1908 (Jun), 1916 (Jun), 1926 (Jun), 1929 (Apr), 1929 (Jun), 1929 (Sep), heavy snow in 1931 (Jul), 1932 (Jun), 1932 (Aug), 1935 (Aug), 1938 (Jul), 15cm accumulations in 1939 (Aug), 1941 (Oct), 1946 (Jun), heavy snow in 1949 (Jun), 1951 (Aug), 1956 (Jun), 1958 (Sep), heavy snow in 1959 (Jul), 1960 (Jul), 5cm accumulation in 1961 (Jun), 1962 (Aug), 1963 (Jun), 1972 (Jul), heavy snow in 1984 (Jul), 2007 (Jun).

  14. Ken has suggested looking into the time series records and he suggests apossible 30 yr cycle . So l have started to look into this. I have started off by recording each year from Robert maurice’s records
    and marking an event with a star and a cross if no events occured in a year . The biggest limitation is if we have all the records. None the less robert has been diligent to collectallhe could find

    Ken Kato suggested to me in correspondence
    “Another thing you might be interested in (if you haven’t added it already) is that there’s been discussion over the years about whether or not there’s a 30 year cycle to the deepest snow accumulations in SE QLD. This season seemed to also fit into that timeframe albeit with somewhat less accumulation. Whether it’s tied in with some other cyclic influences such as the PDO, etc is anyone’s guess.”

    ———————————————————————————————-
    You can see in this time series that there appears to be peaks and troughs in snow activity in sth qld
    Might be an idea to put this data on to a histogram. Just a quick check of thoise peaks in activity coincide quite closely with peaks in the AMO ( the ~66 yr global temp cycle ) with some offset? Could be closer to the PDO as Ken suggested . This warrants further investigation and maybe a a unique research thread dedicated to this study
    Snow events in QLD
    1863 *
    1864 X
    1865 *
    1866 X
    1867 X
    1868 X
    1869 X
    1870 X
    1871 X
    1872 **
    1873 X
    1874 **
    1875 *
    1876 X
    1877 X
    1878 **
    1879 ***
    1880 ***
    1881 **
    1882 **
    1883 *
    1884 *
    1885 *
    1886 X
    1887 *
    1888 *
    1889 **
    1890 *
    1891 *
    1892 *
    1893 X
    1894 X
    1895 ***
    1896 **
    1897 X
    1898 *
    1899 *
    1900 **
    1901 ***
    1902 X
    1903 X
    1904 X
    1905 ***
    1906 X
    1907 X
    1908 **
    1909 X
    1910 *
    1911 X
    1912 X
    1913 X
    1914*
    1915 X
    1916 *
    1917*
    1918 X
    1919 *
    1920*
    1921*
    1922 X
    1923*
    1924 X
    1925 *
    1926 **
    1927**
    1928 ****
    1929 ******
    1930 **
    1931 ***
    1932 *****
    1933 ***
    1934 X
    1935 *
    1936 *
    1937 ***
    1938 ****
    1939 ****
    1940 X
    1941 *
    1942 X
    1943 **
    1944 *
    1945 *
    1946 ***
    1947 *
    1948 *
    1949 ****
    1950 X
    1951 **
    1952 X
    1953 **
    1954 X
    1955 X
    1956 **
    1957 *
    1958 ***
    1959 *
    1960 ***
    1961 ****
    1962 *
    1963 *
    1964*
    1965 **
    1966 X
    1967 X
    1968 ****
    1969 *
    1970 X
    1971 *
    1972 *
    1973 X
    1974 *
    1975 X
    1976 *
    1977*
    1978 X
    1979 X
    1980 X
    1981 X
    1982 *
    1983 X
    1984 *
    1985 *
    1986 X
    1987 X
    1988 X
    1989 *
    1990 X
    1991 X
    1992 *
    1993 X
    1994 X
    1995 X
    1996 **
    1997 X
    1998 *
    1999 X
    2000 *
    2001 X
    2002 X
    2003 X
    2004 X
    2005 **
    2006 *
    2007 ****
    2008*
    ( Endof Robert Maurice records)

  15. Thanks to Ken for referencing my Queensland snow site hosted by ‘Armidale Weather’. I have looked closely at the record of snowfall in SE Qld and made some assumptions regarding possible cycles. This (very basic) analysis is shown in charts at my Queensland Snow site indicating periods of low and high fall rates and cycles. Check out ‘Queensland Snow’ for further details
    Associate Professor Nick Oughton

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