Huge crowd gathers for Longreach Pastoral College reunion

Memories of golden years resurface at LPC's golden anniversary


Hundreds have gathered to share memories of learning the tricks of the trade as the Longreach Pastoral College celebrates its golden anniversary.

The long history and powerful brand name that the Longreach Pastoral College came to represent in the Australian tertiary training industry was to the fore on Friday night when hundreds gathered for the opening stanza in the college’s 50 year reunion.


The group was welcomed at the college oval by Longreach Regional Council mayor, Ed Warren, who recalled the days of a strong sheep industry, which he said had been the core activity for both the college and the community.

He paid tribute to former mayor, Sir James Walker, who was a strong advocate for any opportunity for Longreach and who had a vision of a “university of the outback”, and to the council of the time, which donated land for the institution to be built on.

“The college doesn’t have as many students these days but we’re working on that by bringing the sheep industry back,” he said. “They’re still shearing the same way, and they will still need the same number of people working in the industry.”

He urged visitors to take advantage of the ways Longreach adapted to commodity price downturns, by going into tourism.

The story Huge crowd gathers for Longreach Pastoral College reunion first appeared on Queensland Country Life.


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