In the late 1940's land was allocated to Soldier Settlers to grow tobacco at Clare. Despite the best efforts and advice of the day the program failed with many of the tobacco farmers selling out cheaply a decade later. Each farm had a house built to the following plan; "Clare Area Tobacco Lands Temporary Homes"

The Courier Mail Brisbane reported 30 January 1951.

Their struggles are partly recorded by the following official documents found in the Queensland State Archives:

Letter from the Burdekin River Authority to The Chief Secretary. "Finance and Development of Farms, Burdekin Area" 23rd February 1953

Letter from The Burdekin River Authority to The Chief Secretary. "Finance and Development of Farms, Burdekin Area Summary" 23rd February 1953

Letter to The Agricultural Bank outlining the "Cause of the present position".

 

A letter from Department of Agriculure and Stock, on behalf of the farmers, to the tobacco companies querying why they were not buying tobacco leaf grown at Clare. "Tobacco Quality - Burdekin District" 10 November 1958

* Response by Philip Morris 18 November 1958

* Response by Rothmans 15 December 1958

* Response by WD & HO Wills 23 December 1958

 

By about 1960 Clare farmers had given up on tobacco and were trying a huge variety of other crops in an effort to find a cash crop that worked in the area. A few years later Sugar Cane was found to be successful and the infrastructure to support this industry followed.