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The tiny community at the centre of an alleged mass murder was founded during a gold rush and some residents - including accused shooter Darryl Young - believe they are sitting on a gold mine.
Bogie, the isolated locality near Bowen inland of Queensland's Whitsunday region, is home to about 200 people - just 37 families.
Locals in the close-knit community were rocked on Thursday when they learned of an alleged mass shooting on a neighbouring farm.
Maree and Mervyn Schwarz, along with Maree's son Graham Tighe, had been found dead on their 29,000 hectare, $10million property.
Long-time local Young remains behind bars charged with their murders.
Another son, Ross Tighe, was hit with a bullet in the stomach but is now 'up and about' after making a miraculous escape.
Bogie (pictured), the centre of Thursday's mass shooting where people were killed, was initially discovered during a gold rush
Darryl Young (pictured) has been arrested and charged over the shooting deaths of Maree and Mervyn Schwarz, along with Maree's son Graham Tighe
The alleged gunman shared photos of the gold, including one with a hand holding 17 specks of gold and another holding a huge lump to Facebook with the caption: 'Some gold I found at Shannonvale this week since my exploration permits came threw (sic)'
It was later established the photos of the gold were pulled from a Google image search
Police will allege the neighbours fell out over boundary lines on their adjoining properties.
It's understood most land parcels throughout Bogie - which is less a town than it is a single long, winding gravel road - do not have strict boundary lines. Instead there's a 'bit of give and take'.
The Schwarz family purchased 29,000 hectares of land next to Young's 7,700 hectare property in May 2021. They were the fifth owners of the land in 16 years.
Bogie was first populated in 1871 when a stockman from a nearby station struck gold on what is now known as Normanby Road.
About 30 miners were present when the Normanby gold mine first opened. They worked the land on and off for the next 41 years dreaming of hitting the jackpot.
A small township consisting of a hotel, dairy shop, bakery, three stores, two butchers and a blacksmith was even established as more gold bugs were lured to the area.
But the remoteness and unforgiving nature of the terrain made it too difficult to maintain.
Most abandoned the town shortly after arriving in favour of more profitable gold mines.
Some families in Bogie however still harbour hopes the gold that was too hard to find 150 years ago may one day be dug up on their properties.
Maree and Mervyn Schwarz died from gunshots wounds, along with Maree's son Graham Tighe. Another son, Ross, is in hospital
Young claimed in 2017 that he'd found chunks of gold at his Bogie property, which was next to the land owned by the Schwarz-Tighe family (pictured)
Back in 2017, Young claimed on social media to have found enormous chunks of gold on the Shannonvale Road property at the centre of Thursday's alleged mass shooting.
He shared several photos, including one with a hand holding 17 specks of gold and another holding a huge lump to Facebook with the caption: 'Some gold I found at Shannonvale this week after my exploration permits came threw (sic)'.
'Won't be working for much longer if this keeps up.'
It was later established the photos were taken off a generic Google image search.
It is unclear whether or not gold does in fact remain in Bogie.
The single winding, gravel road through Bogie is an eerie drive at the best of times, locals say.
Four people reportedly injured in shooting in Bogie, near Bowen in north Queensland
May 2021: The Schwarz family buy the 300-square-kilometre Bogie farm for $10million
Thursday, August 4, 2022
9am: Mervyn and Maree Schwarz, and Maree's sons Graham and Ross Tighe meet neighbours at the boundary lines of their properties. An altercation occurs and all four are allegedly shot.