Locations in Mareeba Shire

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    • Almaden. A small town 100k west of Mareeba and 1907 saw the start of a rail link to Einasleigh.
    • Bamford. The town was built to serve the Wolfram/Molybdenite mines on Bamford Hill, the town being at the foot
      of the hill. 
    • Beaconsfield. The Monarch Mine was one of the successful mines.
    • Biboohra. James Venture Mulligan and his party passed near by in 1875.
    • Bilwon. The growing of tobacco was a mainstay of this community.
    • Boonmoo. An Aboriginal word meaning “the jump up”, referring to the mountain behind the town.
    • Chewko. Another of the areas valuable tobacco growing areas..
    • Chillagoe. John Moffat sent the first prospecting party into the area in 1887 and with Atherton’s help found copper
      in the area.
    • Dimbulah. Established to service locomotives in the early 1900's.
    • Emu Creek. A mining town between Petford and Irvinebank
    • Emuford. Large quantities of Wolfram was mined in the area.
    • Gurrumbah. Surveyed by the mines department on 9th February 1906.
    • Irvinebank. Established in 1882 and became one of the major towns in the region.
    • Julatten. The town was known as Bushy Creek until 1926.
    • Kingsborough. Originally called Kingston it was set up on Caledonia Creek to service the gold mines on the Hodgkinson gold field.
    • Koah. Originally a small tobacco growing community.
    • Koorboora. Lode tin was first discovered here by Anthony Linedale in August 1888.
    • Kuranda. The village in the rainforest.
    • Lappa Junction.Silver was discovered by Phil Haplin and party in January 1891.
    • Mareeba. Principal town in Mareeba Shire with the railway arriving from Cairns in 1893.
    • Mount Carbine. Wolframite was discovered on the slopes of Carbine Hill in the 1890's
    • Mount Molloy. Pat Molloy discovered copper beside Rifle Creek in 1885
    • Mount Mulligan. In 1876 James Venture Mulligan and his mates came across the mountain while looking for gold
    • Mungana. A mining camp for the Girofia and Lady Jane mines in 1896 and the railway from Mareeba and
      Chillagoe was completed in 1901.
    • Mutchilba.Is a small farming settlement established in 1923
    • Myola. Read about the trouble with the railway in the 1890's
    • Paddy's Green. A thriving community in the 1930's
    • Petford. A road was put through in the 1880’s from Port Douglas and the Hodgkinson goldfield to Georgetown
    • Stannary Hills. Stannary Hills takes its name from the Latin word for tin -Stannum and was surveyed on 7th September 1903 by M. Amos.
    • Thornborough. A mining town with a population of over 1,000 by 1877
    • Wolfram Camp. Named after Wolframite, the ore of the metal tungsten, first found here in around 1888 by Willie Joss