Mount Isa

Mount Isa, a mining town and the biggest population centre in north-west Queensland, is 820 km west of Townsville, 160 km from the Northern Territory border and 350 km south of the Gulf of Carpentaria. It is situated in an extensive mineral-rich region stretching from south of Cloncurry to west of Burketown. Unlike many other great mining towns, including Broken Hill and Charters Towers, Mount Isa is unlikely to run out of minerals to mine, having mastered the treatment of large volumes of lower grade ore.

Further Reading: 

Don Berkman, Making the Mount Isa Mine 1923-1933, Carlton, Vic, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 1996

Geoffrey Blainey, Mines in the spinifex, Sydney, Angus & Robertson, 1960, 1970

John Elliott, Mount Isa portrait, Brisbane, Boolarong Publications, 1988

Noreen Kirkman, Mount Isa: oasis of the outback, Townsville, School of History and Politics, James Cook University, 1998

Mount Isa Shire and City and Mount Isa Suburbs entries


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