Finch Hatton

Finch Hatton, a rural town 60 km west of Mackay, is toward the western end of the Pioneer River/Cattle Creek valley.

In 1903 the Pioneer Shire Council built a railway extension from just beyond Mirani to Upper Cattle Creek, prompting the Racecourse Central sugar mill (Mackay) to develop the Finch Hatton Valley for cane farming. By 1904 a complete railway was running to Finch Hatton.

Further Reading: 

John Kerr, Top mill in the valley: Cattle Creek sugar mill, Finch Hatton, 1906-1990, Brisbane, Boolarong Publications with Mackay Sugar Co-operative Association Limited, 1991


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