Mount Britton

Mount Britton (originally Britten) was a gold-mining town in the Mackay region, 65 km west of Sarina. The topographic mount (727 m) was named by William Landsborough in 1856, apparently after an acquaintance, James Britton. It is a few kilometres west of the former town, which is on Oaky Creek where alluvial gold was discovered in 1881. Within a short time of the discovery there were six hotels in Mount Britton, catering to an estimated 1500 people. There were also several stores, butchers, bakers and a school of arts hall.

Further Reading: 

Lyall Ford, Below these mountains: the adventures of John Henry Mills, Freshwater, Taipan Press, 2001

George A. Mayes, Behold Nebo: a history of Nebo Shire, Glenden, R and R Publications, 1991


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