Christian Daly (1914-1988) was awarded the Thallon Medal in 1933
for scholarship when he was a student at Gympie High School.
medal was based on merit and was awarded to those students of
exceptional distinction. The award was established as a memorial
to James Forsyth Thallon under whose leadship, Queensland Railways
Department developed a broad framework. The award was a coveted
was the son of an engine driver based in the old gold mining town
of Gympie, some 100 miles north of Brisbane - the capital of the
state of Queensland, Australia.
was industrious and intelligent. At the Junior High School public
examination he scored eight distinctions, a credit and a pass.
Ten subjects in all! English literature for which he received
the pass mark was not his forté. However he did excel in
mathematics and all the sciences.
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for media reports from those days.
as submitted by Annie.
sourced from the National Library of Australia.
Mail article (994Kb file)
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Commissioner for Railways
1 November 1902 - 24 March 1911
"Thallon is a town in south
western Queensland, Australia. The town is located in the Balonne
Shire Local Government Area, 571 kilometres west of the state
capital, Brisbane. Thallon is situated between St George and the
border with New South Wales at Mungindi. The town is named after
a Queensland Commissioner for railways, J.F Thallon. At the
2006 census, Thallon and the surrounding area had a population
"In 1911, the St George Progress
Association asked the Minister for Lands to resume 'Bullamon'
(an Australian station or "ranch") )for closer settlement
and 780 acres were gazetted as a town reserve. Development continued,
stores opened and a hotel was built to cater for employees of
the railway line which had arrived from Talwood. The town was
named after the then Commissioner for Railways Mr J. F. Thallon."
Between 1902 and 1910 Mr Thallon
was called before at least 27 Queensland Government committees
of enquiry. Mostly these were concerning the extension of the
rail network through Queensland and he appeared in his official
role as a rail
prima domo. A significant hearing concerned the "Sale of
Pastoral Lands and Construction of Railways in the Western Interior"
in 1902. http://monumentaustralia.org.au/themes/people/government---state/display/92722-james-thallon