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The last place of any size on the journey west from Roma is CHARLEVILLE, a busy country town whose broad streets and shaded pavements are flanked by some solid buildings constructed when the town was a droving centre and staging post for Cobb & Co. It's well known as a victim of contradictory weather – in November 1947 a hot summer afternoon was interrupted for twenty minutes as a blast of massive hailstones stripped trees, smashed windows and roofs and killed poultry. In 1990 the town centre was struck by five-metre-deep floodwaters from the Warrego River, requiring mass evacuation – a dramatic …
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