Dalrymple Shire

Dalrymple Shire, an area of 68,388 sq km, larger than Tasmania, lay 130 km west of Townsville. It was bounded on the west and east by the Great Dividing Range and the Leichhardt-Seaview Ranges respectively. The rivers running through the former shire constitute most of the watershed of the Burdekin River which enters the Pacific near Ayr. In 2008 the shire was amalgamated with Charters Towers City to form Charters Towers Regional Council. As Charters Towers was a tiny hole (42 sq km) in a large doughnut, the external boundaries of the regional council are the same as the former shire's.

Further Reading: 

Joan Neal, Beyond the Burdekin, Charters Towers, Mimosa Press, 1984

Glenville Pike, Over the years: the Dalrymple Shire (Charters Towers District, north Queensland): past and present, Townsville, T. Willmett, 1960

J.M. Powell, Plains of promise rivers of destiny: water management and the development of Queensland: 1824-1990, Brisbane, Boolarong Publications, 1991

K.H. Kennedy, Within living memory: Dalrymple Shire during the Peter Black years, Charters Towers, Dalrymple Shire Council, 2004

Dry Tropics and Ravenswood entries


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