Tinaroo, a small town, is on the shoreline of Tinaroo Dam, 35 km southwest of Cairns and on the north side of the Atherton Tableland. It was named after the Tinaroo Creek where John Atherton found traces of tin in the late 1870s. Atherton probably devised a name rhyming with kangaroo.

Further Reading: 

Tinaroo, Brisbane, Queensland Irrigation and Water Supply Commission, 1958 (brochure)


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