Angor to Zillmanton
This page includes towns situated in the northern area along with a few clips and photos from that area.
Area includes ...
Torres Strait District
Horn Island - Torres Strait District
Alluvial gold was discovered on Horn Island in 1894 ………
Reef mining began in 1895 with the establishment of a ………
Today parts of the battery and machinery remain, and Torres Gold reopened the workings in 1988, closing down by late 1989.
Opening the grave-feature story ………
Today's Torres Strait Islanders have a unique ceremony when a person dies. This is known as the opening of the grave. Read about the civilised and caring ceremony which has a significant healing role in the grieving process.
Cape York Peninsula District
Four Mile Camp
Ebogoola - Cape York District
The town was surveyed in 1900 … after gold was discovered there by John Dickie and reported in January 1900 ………
Colin Hooper gives minute detail of the origns of the name, the details of the town, the people, the mines and the focus story is on the enigmatic John Dickie.
John Dickie, the Stringbark Fox is the feature story. He crossed Australia from Coolgardie to Cloncurry on horseback. From Cloncurry he made his way to the peninsula where he founded Ebagoola. A quiet pioneer whose greatest thrill was in the discovery, not the money ………
The Palmer District
8 Mile Camp
Cairns - Mossman District
Camp Oven Creek
Mount Molloy Smelter Town
Clohesy - Cairns/Mossman District
The town named for the adjacent Clohesy River where gold was discovered in 1892.
Read the story of the McElhinneys who sold their mine to the Lawsons before “driving the last foot” which was to expose a leader rich with gold.
The Lawsons became wealthy, the McElhinneys lived in regret.
Watsonville - Hodgkinson District
A tin mining centre and initially called Great Western, then Tinaroo before settling on Watsonville, after ……… an early prospector ………
In 1880 there were four hotels …… There were two mills in 1912 ………
Famous for athletics and rifle shooting, the town also had some champion tennis players ………
The last hotel in town, Hobson's Albion, burnt down in 1954 ………
Read the story titled “The King's Colour” about government rations.
Eight Mile Mountain
Zillmanton - Chillagoe District
The first township on the Chillagoe field settled in 1888 ……….
It was established on the most persistent single lode in the district astride the contact between the granite to the north and the limestone to the south ………
The railway came through in 1901 ……… in the years 1903 and 1904 it was the largest mine in the district. ………
After the smelter fire at Chillagoe in 1912 the Zillmanton plant was stripped and sent there to make good the damage ………
Read the story of the Chillagoe mining scandal
Herberton, Tablelands, Mount Garnet District
Donald Mining Camp
Nymbool - Herberton, Tablelands,Mt Garnet District
Surveyed in 1902 ……… after tin was first found here ……… Smith then worked out some rich ground and the town was first called Smith's Creek. ………
At the time of survey the town had two hotels ……… At this time the house of the Manager of the Smith Creek Co had a house valued at ……… more than the combined value of all the hotels and shops in town ……… Smiths Creek mine produced 1500 tons of ore between 1903 and 1909 and the battery remains are still evident ……… ……… In 1902 the railway line from Lappa Junction on the Cairns-Chillagoe line reached Nymbool on its way to Mount Garnet…. This line closed in 1961 and was dismantled ………
The feature story tells how the Mt Garnet station ringers,on one riotous post muster blow out, turned the tables on the local policeman
Top Camp Mulgrave gold field
Top Camp on the Jordan Gold field
Towalla - Innisfail District
Located in World Heritage listed rainforest and close to Mount Bartle Frere, the highest mountain in Queensland.
The town is a mining locality on the Russell extended gold field, situated in the middle of an immense and dense scrub in very rough country where the average yearly rainy days is 230.
Described as one of the most difficult gold mining locations.
Read the story of Christie Palmerston’s expeditions as well as those of Dalrymple, Johnstone….the first in the Mount Bartle Frere area.
These resulted in many discoveries….flora, fauna, landmarks, gold
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The Gulf District
|Current Books on Sale:
(North Queensland Deserted Towns)
|Angor to Zillmanton|
|Cooktown -Palmer - Volume I|
|Torres Strait - Cape York - Volume 2|
|Chillagoe-Hodgkinson - Volume 3|
|Mt Garnet - Herberton- Volume 4|
|Charters Towers - Ravenswood - Cape River Volume 7|
|Cloncurry, Mt Isa - Gulf - Volume 8|