Mount Huxley (Tasmania)

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Mount Huxley
Mount Huxley from air.jpg
Mount Huxley from the air,at left, King River Gorge centre, Mount Jukes highway to right, and Lake Burbury and the Crotty Dam at rear
Elevation 926 m (3,038 ft)
Location
Location West Coast, Tasmania
Range West Coast Range
Coordinates 42°08′S 145°35′E / 42.133°S 145.583°E / -42.133; 145.583Coordinates: 42°08′S 145°35′E / 42.133°S 145.583°E / -42.133; 145.583

Mount Huxley is a mountain in the West Coast Range, Tasmania, named by Charles Gould in 1863 after Professor Thomas Henry Huxley.

A smaller of the west coast range mountains, with a large 200 metre outcrop/rock face on its southern side above the King River gorge just west of the Crotty Dam - parts of which are visible along the river gorge from the West Coast Wilderness Railway where it commences following the King River.

Goldfield[edit]

In 1894 between April and June there was a gold field situated on the slopes, and a syndicate that was discovered to have salted the mine site, with three alleged proponents (Isaac Bertram Barker, William Price and Antonio Briscoe) [1] charged with fraud.[2][3][4] On July 1, the Crown Solicitor told a magistrate that while the mine had undoubtedly been salted, there was insufficient evidence, and the charges were withdrawn. [5]

Location[edit]

Mount Huxley showing rocky outcrop on the south face above the King River Gorge


Access[edit]

A very rough track approaches the mountain from the north, and from the south Queenstown area. The southern side is sheer cliff into the King River Gorge.


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "THE MOUNT HUXLEY CASE - NO EVIDENCE TO OFFER - ACCUSED DISCHARGED.". The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) (Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 2 July 1894. p. 2. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "THE MOUNT HUXLEY GOLDFIELD.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 22 June 1894. p. 5. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "TASMANIA.". The Inquirer & Commercial News (Perth, WA : 1855 - 1901) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 8 June 1894. p. 22. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "THE MOUNT HUXLEY GOLD-FIELD.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 6 July 1894. p. 5. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "THE MOUNT HUXLEY CASE - NO EVIDENCE TO OFFER - ACCUSED DISCHARGED.". The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) (Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 2 July 1894. p. 2. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 

References[edit]

2003 edition - Queenstown: Municipality of Queenstown.
1949 edition - Hobart: Davies Brothers. OCLC 48825404; ASIN B000FMPZ80
1924 edition - Queenstown: Mount Lyell Tourist Association. OCLC 35070001; ASIN B0008BM4XC
Mount Huxley from the air - from south west, and higher than picture at top

Map source[edit]

  • Tasmania 1:25 000 Series Map Owen 3833 Edition 2 2001

External links[edit]


Mount Huxley from the air - West North West from above old Queenstown landing strip, circa 1975