Mareeba Shire

Mareeba Shire, an area of 53,645 sq km, extended west from Cairns to two-thirds the way across Cape York. It was named after the town of Mareeba, the shire's administrative centre, and it is thought that the name was derived from an Aboriginal word referring to the meeting of waters. The town is at the junction of Granite Creek and the Barron River. Originally named Woothakata Shire, Mareeba Shire continued until 2008 when it was amalgamated with three other shires to form Tablelands Regional Council.

Further Reading: 

Ruth S. Kerr, John Moffat of Irvinebank: a biography of a regional entrepreneur, St Lucia, J.D. & R.S. Kerr, 2000

N.T. Currie, Mareeba Shire handbook: an inventory of the agricultural resources and production of Mareeba Shire, Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, 1978

Glenville Pike, Pioneer pageant 1877-1952: history and progress of the Mareeba Shire, Gardenvale, Vic, Hartshorne-Waller Publicity for the Mareeba Local Commonwealth Jubilee Celebration Committee, 1953

Chillagoe, Dimbulah, Herberton Minerals Area, Hodgkinson Minerals Area, Irvinebank, Kuranda, Mareeba, Mungana and Wolfram entries


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