Mount Cuthbert

Mount Cuthbert, once a copper mining town and now a mining locality,  is 100 km north-west of Cloncurry in western Queensland. It was one of four rich mining towns around Cloncurry created by Melbourne investors when copper prices rose to profitable levels. With Duchess and Selwyn on the way to production, the Melbourne group made a deputation to the Queensland Government in 1907 for a branch railway line from Cloncurry. Construction began slowly in 1912 and brought to a rapid conclusion in 1915 when war time demand forced up copper prices.

Further Reading: 

K.H. Kennedy, ed, Readings in north Queensland mining history, vol 1, Townsville, History Department, James Cook University, 1980

Geoffrey Blainey, Mines in the spinifex, Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1960


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