You may have heard in the news recently about the small Queensland town of Yelarbon being auctioned for just $1. I have a strong connection to that town, my Dad grew up in the area and we still have family there today. As a kid I would tell people we were going on holiday to Queensland and let them think we were heading to the Gold Coast, or some other tourist destination up north. The reality was we would visit the family in Yelarbon for our holidays. Not that I minded, there were tonnes of adventures to have with my uncles and cousins.
Despite the “$1 Town” headlines, there was actually three separate auctions for two groups of shops and a derelict house. With no reserve price, the properties could have been sold for just one dollar, but the combined sale price at Yelarbon was actually $156,000. I had to laugh when the Toowoomba Chronicle added a note at the end of their Yelarbon Auction story that said “Several businesses and other homes were not for sale” to clarify it wasn’t the entire town for sale!
Check out the video posted to Facebook by Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise TV morning show.
My Yelarbon photos
I last visited Yelarbon in March 2015, for the funeral of my Uncle Bob. It was my first visit for over 20 years, and only my second as an adult, but nothing much had changed. One of my favourite past times these days is photography, in particular street photography, walking around a city or town and exploring, finding interesting subjects or points of view. Following the funeral, and the wake at the pub, thats exactly what I did, I grabbed my camera and took a walk around town for a couple of hours before sunset. Seeing the one dollar auction stories has inspired me to share my Yelarbon photos here. Below is a gallery showing my pics from that afternoon.
Exploring the town was a trip down memory lane for me, except most of those shops in the main street I would visit with Mum as a child were now empty. Hopefully now those shops have new owners, there will be some life breathed back into Yelarbon for the next time I visit.
These Yelarbon photos and more appear on a special “interstate” page of my Vic Pics Gallery,
where they can be purchased as prints or downloads – gallery.vic.pics/Over-The-Border/Queensland/Yelarbon