Explorer William Landsborough named a large section of land Bowen Downs after the current Queensland governor.
Explorers Landsborough and Buchanan applied for lease on the land.
The Bowen Downs property was established with Buchanan as the original manager of the 3,885 km2 property. It was stocked with 3,000 head of cattle.
After a period of drought Buchanan left the property and his share of the land, which stretched 200km and supported 60,000 head of cattle. Harry Redford stole 600-1000 head of cattle.
While surveying for the rail line west of Rockhampton the present site of Longreach was found to be suitable for the terminus of the rail line.
The township of Longreach was gazetted.
The first sale of Longreach town allotments was held at Barcaldine.
Completion of the railway lead to a boost in growth in Longreach. Due to the railway Longreach had a post office, court house, police station and lock-up, a state school, churches, businesses and residences.
Creation of Qantas
Paul McGinness, Hudson Fysh, Fergus McMaster and Arthur Baird created the Queensland and Northern Territory Arial Service.
1926 - 1928
Several aircraft were built in Longreach.
Longreach was used as a base for United States Army Air Forces B-17 bomber aircraft of the 28th and 93d Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy). The airport was upgraded to cater for the additional weight of these aircraft. These aircraft were flown from the town to engage the enemy in the Battle of the Coral Sea.
Australian Stockmen's Hall of Fame
Hugh Sawrey and R.M Williams had the idea to create the Hall of Fame. Hugh Sawrey put up the initial funding, and enlisted supporters.
Forty submissions for suitable sites for the Hall of Fame were received with Longreach being one of them.
Longreach won the right to host the Australian Stockmen's Hall of Fame.
Australia-wide submissions were called for an architectural design competition co-ordinated by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and sponsored by Consolidated Press and the Queensland Government to decide the architect who would design the building. The competition was won by a Sydney architect.
Hall of Fame under construction.
Finishing of Construction
Hall of Fame construction finished.
Qantas Foundation Memorial
The Longreach community established Qantas Foundation Memorial Ltd (QFM) and formed a trust in recognition of the enormous service Q.A.N.T.A.S. had given to the people of the Outback.
Official fundraising for the Hall of Fame by the Longreach community.
Opening of the Hall of Fame
Australian Stockmen's Hall of Fame official opening by Queen Elizabeth II.
Qantas founders Outback Museum Opening
The official opening of the Qantas Founders Outback Museum by the Governor General of Australia of the $1.3m project or Stage 1 of the QFOM in the original Qantas hangar at Longreach.
Q.A.N.T.A.S. Outback Founders Museum Stage 2 opening
Stage 2 opened in March. Museum building with displays including a replica Avro 504K.
Qantas plane Boeing 747-200 'City of Bunbury' lands at Longreach.