Cardwell, a coastal town on Rockingham Bay, is about midway between Townsville and Cairns. When proclaimed as a town in 1864 it was a remote and isolated site chosen as a port for transporting livestock from an emerging inland pastoral industry. Cardwell was the administrative seat of the former Cardwell Shire.

Further Reading: 

Centenary of Cardwell, 100 years, 1864 - 1964, Cardwell, Cardwell Shire Council and Cardwell Centenary Celebrations Committee, 1964

Dorothy Jones, Cardwell Shire story, Brisbane, Jacaranda Press for Cardwell Shire Council, 1961


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