5 November 1912
Fifty Years Ago-Arrival of First Immigrant Ship:
Mr. A Small of Clermont, requests all persons who arrived in Central Queensland by the ship "UTOPIA," which left Plymouth on the 23rd July and reached Keppel Bay on the 6th of November, 1862, to meet at Stenlake's rooms at eleven o'clock tomorrow.
7 November 1912
First Immigrants' Jubilee "Fifty years ago yesterday, the sailing vessel, 'UTOPIA' of 949 tons with 324 immigrants on board, anchored in Keppel Bay after having been 106 days on the voyage from Plymouth. Within less than a week of the landing of the passengers, more than half of the number had found employment in the town and district, and the 'Bulletin' of the day, referring to them, said: Taking the number engaged within 48 hours, from the time that they were open for selection, and coupling with it the quality of those disengaged and the fact that many of the more eligible are merely weighing offers that have been made to them, we must pronounce the result of the trial as to our demand for labour a perfect success and calculated to ensure a continuation of immigration to this port. A similar shipment every three months would be eagerly snapped up."
"It would appear that not quite half of those who came out in the 'UTOPIA' and who are still living in the district, were able to attend the jubilee reunion, some being too advanced in years, others living out too great a distance"
Those present were: Mesdames McFadyen, Davis, Gay, Bannon, Talbot, Royes, Robertson, Barry, D. Bailey, Vaughan, Wisher, Hanson and Messrs: A. Small, J. Diamond, J. Conachan (Conaghan), Talbot, H. Diamond, R. Bond, P. Crawley, Bates.
"For a couple of hours they remained together partaking of refreshments and recalling their days together aboard ship. Towards the close of the proceedings, a few brief speeches were made by Messrs Small, Conachan and H. Diamond. Those present then proceeded to the Lynn Studio and were photographed.