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Springsure is a small town in Queensland, 66km south of Emerald on the Gregory Highway. It is 765km northwest of Brisbane. At the, Springsure had a population of 829.HistoryThe area was first explored by Ludwig Leichhardt and his favourable reports encouraged settlers to move in. Squatter Horatio Wills and a party of Victorian settlers arrived near modern-day Springsure in 1861. Two weeks later, 19 of the group, including Wills, were killed by Aboriginal Australian people, the Kairi, in the Cullin-La-Ringo massacre, the largest massacre of European settlers by Aborigines in Australian history. At least 70 local Aborigines were killed in reprisal attacks. Horatio's son, star cricketer and Australian rules football pioneer Tom Wills, survived the massacre, and remained on site until 1864.On 6 December 1919, the Springsure State School Memorial Fountain was dedicated by Mrs Annie Wheeler (née Laurie), a former pupil at the school. The memorial is a marble fountain and commemorates students of the school who served in World War I.On 16 November 1943 a Douglas C-47A Skytrain broke up in mid-air during a violent storm in the area, and crashed on Rewan Station, just south of Spingsure. All 19 people on board the aircraft perished in the crash.
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