Hard labour for sweet fields: the history of sugar in the Ingham region

North Queensland is renowned for its sugar growing, particularly to the south and north of Townsville. The southern cane growing area of the Burdekin was first planted in 1879, while north of Townsville, in Ingham, sugar was first planted in 1868.

This new exhibition developed in conjunction with Herbert River Museum, Halifax celebrates history of sugar in the Ingham region.

The display take visitors across time from when the first cane was planted and the establishment of sugar plantations, through labour force revolutions, development beyond World Wars, survival from natural predators and how it has become part of the billion dollar world-wide industry that it is today. 


This exhibition was developed in conjunction with the Herbert River Museum, Halifax. Thanks and acknowledgment to Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui, historical consultant; Lawrence di Bella, manager, Herbert Cane Productivity Services Ltd,Ingham; and Doug Kingston, Project Implementation Manager, North Queensland Bio-Energy Corporation Limited (NQBE) .Unless otherwise stated, all photographs are sourced from the Local History Collection, a part of the Heritage Collection held at the Hinchinbrook Shire Library and used with permission from the Hinchinbrook Shire Council.The Museum of Tropical Queensland proudly presents this exhibition on the traditional lands (and waters) of the Gurambilbarra Wulgurukaba and Bindal peoples. 

Image credits: Top right: Pavetto’s farm, near Halifax, just prior to the introduction of cane burning, c1936. Image courtesy Irene Cox. Above right:  Lucinda Point at the mouth of the Herbert River, 1905. Above left: Typical workday scene on Mona Farm, Halifax, c1890s. Images courtesy Hinchinbrook Shire Council.


Event Details

12 March 2019 09:30 AM - 21 July 2019 05:00 PM

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