Forsayth, a former mining town, is 300 km south-west of Cairns and 290 km south-east of Normanton. It was part of the Etheridge minerals area and is in Etheridge Shire.

When gold was first discovered at Forsayth in 1871 the area was named Finnigans Camp (the name of the discoverer), but the name changed to Charleston within a year. By the 1890s there were three towns within a few kilometres of each other: West Charleston (surveyed 1885), Charleston (surveyed 1891) and Charleston North (surveyed 1896). Another town, Castleton (1890) was about 10 km south.

Further Reading: 

Etheridge entry


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