Texas, Goondiwindi Area
Queensland's Historic Riverside Freezing Works, known as the Texas Rabbit Factory.
Texas Rabbit Factory and Riverside Freezing Works illustrate a very important era in Texas' history.
During the 1930s the Rabbit Works employed 30 men and exported three tons of rabbit meat a week to England. The industry was credited with saving the Queensland town of Texas during the depression years. The factory closed in 1992.
The rabbit industry in 1929 was the largest employer in Australia. When you think of what makes the wheels of the Australian economy turn today, most people think of mining and, historically, of agriculture. But in the 1930s the rabbit industry was at the top. At its peak, there were about 15 rabbit processing centres in Australia. If they each matched the exports of the Texas Rabbit Factory, which in today's terms would be about AUD200 million, then the rabbit industry was worth AUD10 billion. In a period where the economy suffered, workers of all trades found they could earn more money through trapping rabbits rather than pursuing their normal occupation. Entire families would rabbit together, regularly earning up to the equivalent of AUD900 a week.
|Entry||Cost AUD||Valid From||Inclusions|
|All Tickets||$5.00||1 September 2013 – 30 September 2017|
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