The Pyramids (Terrawambella)
|19 March 1851 was Martens’s last day in what is now Queensland. He sketched the ‘Pyramids’, situated approximately 15 kilometres east from the Ballandean head station, then leased by Henry Nicol. The ‘Pyramids’ are now the central feature of Girraween National Park. Even though the Queensland border was not proclaimed until 1859, by the early 1850s the districts of Moreton Bay and the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, with their port at Brisbane, had established their own northern identity.
Terrawambella on Nicol’s run, New England, March 19th 1852 1852
18.1 x 29.8cm
Collection: Dixson Library, State Library of New South Wales
This view of the ‘Pyramids’ marks Martens’s last view of what is now Queensland. His pencil notations estimate their height to be 500–600ft, rather more than their actual height of around 400ft or 120m.
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