Woothakata Shire

Woothakata Shire (1879-1947) was immediately west of Cairns Shire and the tablelands' shires. It was formed around the Hodgkinson minerals area which was discovered in 1875 by the explorer James Mulligan. Mount Mulligan is near the Hodgkinson River, and it is thought that 'woothakata' was derived from an Aboriginal expression describing the mountain.

Further Reading: 

Hodgkinson Minerals Area, Mareeba and Mareeba Shire entries


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