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Forgotten Ravenswood

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Location: Ravenswood, Queensland, Australiamap
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Forgotten Places around Ravenswood.

Mabel Mill.


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Forgotten Places

Deserted towns in the Ravenswood district

Lost Town Names

  • Upper Camp, Now known as Charters Towers, named after the local mining warden, about 100km south west of Townsville.Bolton, G.C., A Thousand miles away : a history of north Queensland to 1920, Brisbane, 1963, p.50.
  • Allandale, The original name for the rail siding at Thalanga, about 65 km south west of Charters Towers.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.15.
  • Bett's Creek, Now called Pentland, about 105km south west of Charters Towers. Also known as Deep head.Neal, Joan Carmichael, Beyond the Burdekin: pioneers, prospectors, pastoralists: a history of the Dalrymple Shire, 1879-1979, Charters Towers, Qld.: Mimosa Press for the Dalrymple Shire Council, 1984, p.52.
  • Charleston, A forgotten gold mining town surveyed in 1891 at 18°34', 143°35', about 270km west of Ingham.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.47.
  • Cunningham's Waterholes,Later known as Ravenswood Junction; when the railway to Ravenswood closed in 1930 the junction was renamed Mingela, about 45km north east of Charters Towers.Reader's Digest, Illustrated Guide to Australian Places, Sydney, 1993, p.451.
  • Dalrymple,Named after George Dalrymple, the first government official in North Queensland. The town was established on a natural crossing of the Burdekin River and surveyed in 1864 at 19°48', 146°15'. It declined rapidly after the railway reached Charters Towers. Its population in 1881 was 59; by 1886 only 25. About 25km north of Charters Towers.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.83.
  • Donnybrook,Now called Brookville, a plantation about 65km south east of Charters Towers.Neal, Joan Carmichael, Beyond the Burdekin: pioneers, prospectors, pastoralists: a history of the Dalrymple Shire, 1879-1979, Charters Towers, Qld.: Mimosa Press for the Dalrymple Shire Council, 1984, p.144.
  • Evlinton,A forgotten gold mining town surveyed in 1890 at 20°07', 146°56'; about 70km east of Charters Towers.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.25.
  • Galena,A forgotten gold mining town surveyed in 1872 at 20°07', 146°55'; about 70 km east of Charters Towers.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.27.
  • Gehans Flat,A township was surveyed as Capeville in 1849 and named after the adjacent Cape River. It was largely deserted by 1900. 20°27', 145°22'; about 100 km south west of Charters Towers.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.11.
  • Kings Gully,Now called Hogsflesh Creek, a little to the south of Charters Towers.Neal, Joan Carmichael, Beyond the Burdekin: pioneers, prospectors, pastoralists: a history of the Dalrymple Shire, 1879-1979, Charters Towers, Qld.: Mimosa Press for the Dalrymple Shire Council, 1984, p.53.
  • Kirk,A forgotten gold mining town surveyed in 1873 at 20°00', 146°45'; about 50km east of Charters Towers.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.31.
  • Kirk River,Now a plantation called Pandanus, about 220km west of Townsville.Neal, Joan Carmichael, Beyond the Burdekin : pioneers, prospectors, pastoralists : a history of the Dalrymple Shire, 1879-1979, Charters Towers, Qld. : Mimosa Press for the Dalrymple Shire Council, 1984, p.18.
  • Liontown,Named after a horse, it was a forgotten mining town at 20°25', 146°04', about 40km south west of Charters Towes. The name is still used for a local property.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.85.
  • Millchester,Gold diggings which evolved into Charters Towers, named after W.S. Charters, the miming warden at Ravenswood who registered the initial claim in 1871.Reader's Digest, Book of Historic Australian Townss, Sydney, 1982, p.112.
  • Mount Emu,This forgotten gold mining town was surveyed at 20°05', 144°42', about 160km west of Charters Towers.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.279.
  • Mount Leyshon,Named after Leyshon Jones, the first applicant for a mining lease here, it was a forgotten mining town surveyed in 1900 at 20°17', 146°16', about 25km south of Charters Towers. The town is no more but the name survives for an adjacent mountain.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.87.
  • Norwood,A forgotten gold mining town surveyed in 1880 at 20°33' 145°19'; about 105km south west of Charters Towers.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.13.
  • Oombabia,Now called Macrossan at the railway crossing of the Burdekin about 20km north east of Charters Towers.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.89.
  • Ravenswood Junction,From 1881 it was a permanent railway camp. When the railway to Ravenswood closed in 1930 the name was changed to Mingela said to mean a big waterhole. It is about 45 km north east of Charters Towers.Reader's Digest, Reader's Digest Book of the Road, Sydney, 1999, p.285.
  • Rochford,A forgotten gold mining town at 20°06' 146°53'. The last house was removed in 1928; about 85 km east of Charters Towers.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p. 33.
  • Stannoustown,Also known as Tinvale, this forgotten tin mining town was situated at 19°29'  145°29', about 140km west of Townsville.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.353.
  • Tinvale,Also known as Stannoustown, this forgotten tin mining town was situated at 19°29', 145°29', about 140km west of Townsville.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.353.
  • Top Camp on Upper Camp,Now called Ravenswood, about 65km east of Charters Towers.McGowan, Barry, Australian ghost towns, South Melbourne, 2002, p.60.
  • Totley,A forgotten silver mining town surveyed in 1886 at 20°05', 146°53'; about 85km east of Charters Towers.Hooper, Colin, Angor to Zillmanton stories of North Queensland's deserted towns, Townsville, 1998, p.35.
  • Upper Diggings,Renamed Ravenswood in 1869 after a local cattle run. About 65km east of Charters Towers.Australians Events and Places, Sydney, 1987, p.327.

Forgotten Hotels

  • In the first few years most of these hotel's would have been in the shanty form with canvas walls, etc. It is also a documented fact that "Hotel" was also given to the many which would be classed as "brothels" today.

  • Miner's Home Hotel, W. Bussey, 1870.
  • Golden Age Hotel, Thos. Poole, 1870.
  • Ravenswood Hotel, P. Hishon, 1870.
  • Jew's Hope Hotel, Isaac Aland, 1870.
  • Reefer's Arms, Dermot Henry, 1870.
  • Commercial Hotel, James Lynch, 1870.
  • Digger's Friend, Wm. Tough, 1870.
  • Niagara Hotel, Sam Ferguson, 1870.
  • Burdekin Hotel, Hubert Henry, 1870.
  • Tattersall's Hotel, Jn. F. Johnson, 1870.
  • North Star Hotel, H. Keegan, 1870.
  • European Hotel, James Mercer, 1870.
  • Coach & Horses Hotel, J. Mick Pratt, 1870.
  • Aisbett's Family Hotel, Jno. Aisbett, 1870.
  • Carrier's Rest Hotel, James A. Cusack, 1870.
  • Union hotel, Donald Kennedy, 1870.
  • Middle Camp Hotel, W. H. Bonney, 1870.
  • Working Miner's Hotel, Wm. Hearne, 1870.
  • New Zealand Hotel, Adam Treble, 1870.
  • Live & Let Live Hotel, J. Butterworth, 1871.
  • Reliance Hotel, John Gavin, 1871.
  • Golden Age Hotel, J.H. Davies, 1871.
  • Melbourne Hotel, Robert Fulton, 1871.
  • Central Hotel, Mick Hickey, 1871.
  • Criterion Hotel, J. McElvey, 1871.
  • Ulster Arms Hotel, Jno. Kogan, 1871.
  • Great Northern Hotel, J.E.T. Sens, 1871.
  • Sim Kum Lew, Ah Gawk, 1871.
  • Emerald Isle Hotel, Edward Power, 1871.
  • Exchange Hotel, J.More, 1871.
  • The Harp of Erin, Sylvester Ryan, 1871.
  • The Rockhampton hotel, T Mullins, 1871.

Also:

  • Shamrock, Francis Crossley.
  • Black Jack, W. Dorratt.
  • Beehive, Jermiah Rohan.
  • Royal, H. Fraser.
  • Denison, Wan Chap.
  • Queensland, Ah You.




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See Also:


Acknowledgements

  • Ravenswood Remembered / By May Crow | National Library Of Australia. 2020. Catalogue.Nla.Gov.Au. Accessed February 9 2020. Citation list of hotels from May's book, pg 42. Personal Copy in the possession of David Urquhart.




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