Angor to Zillmanton

This page includes towns situated in the northern area along with a few clips and photos from that area.

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North Queensland Mining District

Torres Strait District

Horn Island
Somerset
Wabongi


 

Horn Island - Torres Strait District

Horn Island Mines stone pitched well Torres Strait
Horn Island Township

Mine's stone pitched well

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

Alice River
Bairdsville
Blair's Camp
Blue Mountains
Bowden
Buthen Buthen
China Camp
Coco Creek
Collingwood
Degarra
Deighton River
Ebagoola
Eight Mile
Evandale
Four Mile Camp
Grass Tree


Hamilton
Imooya
Iron Range
Joyces
Klondyke
Kullul
Lower Camp
Lukin
Mein
Middle Oakey
Moojeeba
Mount Amos
Mount Hartley
Mount Leswell
Mount Romeo
Munburra

Normanby Crossing
Plutoville
Port Stewart
Rix's Camp
Rocky River
Scrub Camp
Shipton's Flat
Spence's Camp
Springfield
Starcke
Tableland
Tara Vale
Tin Creek
Violet Vale
Wenlock
Yarraden

Ebogoola - Cape York District

Ebogoola Cape York
Bradys Coach at Ebagoola

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

Byerstown
Cradle Creek
Cradle Point
Cradle point
Diane
Earlton
Echo Town
Edwardstown
8 Mile Camp
Fine Gold
Fountainville


Foxville
Frome
German Bar
Granite Creek
Gregory
Groganville
Harbord
Ida
Kingston
Limestone
Lukinville
Mammoth

Maytown
McGanns Creek
Oaky Creek
Palmerville
Purdies Camp
Quartzborough
Queen
Revolver Point
Smithtown
Stewart Town
Stony Creek
Uhrstown

Cairns - Mossman District

Allanton
Camp Oven Creek
Charringa
Clohesy
Dulbil
Edithvale
Euluma
Mount Lewis


Mount Molloy Smelter Town
Mount Perseverance
Mount Peter
Mount Spurgeon
Murrin Murrin
Packers Camp
Redbank

Smithfield
Surprise Creek
Thooleer
Tuckers Gap
Wargal
Whitby
Whyambeel

Clohesy - Cairns/Mossman District

Clohesy Cairns Mossman

Clohesy River Mossman District
John Macelhinney

Clohesy River

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.

Hodgkinson District

Beaconsfield
Glen Mowbray
Kingsborough
Kingston
Littleton
MacLeodsville
Montmunro
Mount Mulligan
Murton
New Northcote
Northcote
Stewart Town


Thornborough
Union Town
Watsonville
Wellesley
Woodville
Hodgkinson
Beaconsfield
Glen Mowbray
Kingsborough
Kingston
Littleton
MacLeodsville

Montmunro
Mount Mulligan
Murton
New Northcote
Northcote
Stewart Town
Thornborough
Union Town
Watsonville
Wellesley
Woodville

Watsonville - Hodgkinson District

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 ………
Noted for its hospitality, the town was the cultural centre of the north ………

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.

Chillagoe District

Arbouin
Ashtonville
Bamford
Bismark Camp
Calcifer
Cardross
Dargalong
Eight Mile Mountain
Fischer's Camp
Fischerton
Galala
Girofla
Khartum

Koorboora
Lappa
Lappa Junction
Lappa Lappa
Lig siding
Ligton
Mount Jennings
Mount Wandoo
Muldiva
Mungana
Nineteen Mile
OK
Ortho Camp

Parada
Possumville
Redcap
Scardons Bottom Camp
Scardons Top Camp
Schefferts Camp
Stirlington
Tartana
Wadetown
Williamstown
Wolfram Camp
Zillmanton

Zillmanton - Chillagoe District

Zillmanton mine

Zillmanton mine

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

Bakerville
Boar Pocket
Boonmoo
Brownville
Bullock Camp
California Creek
Carrington
Cattle Camp
Coolgarra
Culpa
Denford
Donald Mining Camp
Eacham
Eureka
Evelyn
Evelyn
Glenatherton
Glenlinedale


Great Western
Gurrumbah
Hales Siding
Halpins camp
Kaban
Koombooloomba
Kulara
Lancelot
Melaney's Pocket
Montalbion
Moomin
Mount Luxon
Mowbray
Mt Cardwell
Munderra
Musgrove
Newellton
Nymbool
Ord

Orient Camp
Orient Inns
Pocket Change
Porphry
Ragged Camp
Return Creek
Rocky Bluffs
Scrubby Creek
Silver Valley
Silverfield
Smith's Creek
Stannary Hills
Sunnymount
The Glen
The Junction
Tinaroo
Watsonville
Ziggenbine's Pocket

Nymbool - Herberton, Tablelands,Mt Garnet District

Herberton Nymbool

Atherton Tablelands Mt Garnet
Battery remains 

Tin dredge

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

Innisfail District

Geraldton
Diggers Rest
Boonjie
Towalla
Goldsborough
Palmerston
Towalla
Bartle Frere
Woolanmarroo



Boonjie
Digger's Rest
Bora Ground
Tchuken
Wenginanie
Coopa
Pantapo camp
Goldsborough
Fanning

Jordan Creek
Kraft's Camp
Babinda diggings
Moochoopa
Tachappa
Top Camp Mulgrave gold field
Wenginanie
Top Camp on the Jordan Gold field

Towalla  - Innisfail District   

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Last hut at Towalla

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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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