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Steam train, possibly for carrying copper to and from the copper mines at Mount Garnet, going across the Return Creek Railway Bridge, around 1906.
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Sleepy town on the southern edge of the Atherton Tablelands.
Located approximately 165 km, 185 km or 205 km (dependingding which way you want to get there) from Cairns, As I mentioned, Mount Garnet is one of those towns that you want to keep driving through..
In fact the miners who first settled the town hardly slowed down as they moved through the area. It is said that when, in about 1904, a rumour went round that the original copper mine was going to close down half the men didn't wait for their notice to quit. They simply packed up their few belongings and were gone by lunchtime.
Mount Garnet was first settled around the turn of the century when copper was found in the area. Within months the Mount Garnet Freehold Copper and Silver Mining Company Ltd had built a smelter and was busy hiring men to dig the valuable mineral out of the ground.
At first the smelted copper was shipped out by camel (there are some interesting photographs of the camel teams on the walls of the Norwestgate Cafe) but by 1902 a branch line connecting the town to the line from Mareeba to Chillagoe had been built and the copper was being railed out to Lappa Junction and then to the coast.
At the time it looked as though the town had a future. Then, quite suddenly, the price of copper dropped and the company, eager to cut its losses, closed the mine.
A few remnants of the mine are still in evidence. Take the road opposite Norwestgate Motel and follow it south on a dirt road which leads past the old Assay House (which is currently being restored). Little is left but there is enough to show the scale of the operation at the turn of the century.
The town did not die. After 1904 the miners turned their attention to the excavation of tin. Today Mount Garnet has a reputation as a good starting place for gold prospectors and gem collectors.
Just before entering the town from the north there is a dirt road which heads east to Wurruma Swamp. Although little known, this is one of the wonders of the Mount Garnet area.
Mt Garnet Today
"We shouldnt be looking at any options with the illegal immigrants, they should be sent back to where they came from. We cant get on a boat and enter their country, demand food and shelter, we would be shot, I think we need to adopt the same attitude. We have enough unemployment and homeless people here for us to look after with out their burden."
Posted by: Sonya Jennings of Cairns 9:45am Thursday
No, we aren't quite all narrow minded rednecks up here:
"Congratulations Yarrabah. It would work for both the community and the refugees. Best news I have heard about this issue. Go, Go, Go. In WA the Refugees and the residents in the town of Leonora are loving the interaction. It also worked in the NSW town of Young. Stick to your guns, what a morale boost for you all."
Posted by: Pippy Cannon of MAchans Beach 9:14am Thursday
Read the article here
An article from 'The Brisbane Times' :
"A ceremony in remembrance of Australian commandoes who were beheaded by the Japanese just before the end of the Second World War will be held in Brisbane today.
The commandoes, members of Z Special Forces, were among 23 allied servicemen who died in the failed Operation Rimau, an attack on Singapore Harbour...... more