Ravenswood, Queensland

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Ravenswood
Queensland
Imperial-hotel-ravenswood-outback-queensland-australia.JPG
Imperial Hotel at Ravenswood
Ravenswood is located in Queensland
Ravenswood
Ravenswood
Coordinates 20°13′S 146°53′E / 20.217°S 146.883°E / -20.217; 146.883Coordinates: 20°13′S 146°53′E / 20.217°S 146.883°E / -20.217; 146.883
Population 191 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 4816
Location
LGA(s) Charters Towers Regional Council
State electorate(s) Charters Towers
Federal Division(s) Kennedy

Ravenswood is a small mining town in Queensland, Australia, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of Mingela, and about 89 kilometres (55 mi) from Charters Towers. At the 2006 census, Ravenswood had a population of 191.[1]

History[edit]

After the discovery of gold in 1868 through to the early 1900s, the township flourished and grew to nearly 5000 residents and boasted 48 hotels. Several historic buildings remain from this period. Due to an industrial strike in 1912 and subsequently World War I, by 1915 mining declined and the town was deserted.

From 1879 to 1930, Ravenswood was the administrative centre for local government, initially of Ravenswood Division (1879–1903) and later of the Shire of Ravenswood (1903–1930). However, with the decline in Ravenwood's population, it was no longer financially viable to have a separate local government authority, and the Shire of Ravenswood was absorbed into the Shire of Dalrymple.[2][3]

Economy[edit]

Two gold mines are in operation in the area, a large opencut behind the town and an underground one at nearby Mount Wright. These days with the current mining operation, the population has grown from 200 to nearly 500. Tourism is also an important industry.

Amenities[edit]

Facilities in the town include a combined general store and post office, a primary school and two pubs, the Railway and the Imperial. Fuel can be obtained from both Top Camp near the entrance to the town and the post office. Top Camp also offers meals and bungalow style accommodation.

Tourism[edit]

Ravenswood is a wonderful example of a true ghost town.

Heritage listings[edit]

Ravenswood has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Ravenswood (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  2. ^ "Local Authorities.". The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 30 April 1924. p. 2. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dairymple Shire Council Monthly Meeting". The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 12 February 1930. p. 4. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mabel Mill (former) (entry 15970)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Railway Hotel, Ravenswood (entry 15218)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Ravenswood Community Church (entry 16566)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  7. ^ "Ravenswood Ambulance Station (entry 15220)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  8. ^ "London North Mine, Ravenswood (entry 15971)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  9. ^ "Cake Shop, Ravenswood (entry 15224)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  10. ^ "Imperial Hotel, Ravenswood (entry 15221)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  11. ^ "Ravenswood Post Office and Residence (entry 15222)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  12. ^ "Ravenswood School of Arts (entry 15228)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  13. ^ "Shop adjacent to Thorps Building (entry 15229)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  14. ^ "Thorps Building (entry 15227)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  15. ^ "Ravenswood Court House Group (former) (entry 15968)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  16. ^ "Ravenswood School and Residence (entry 15230)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  17. ^ "Totley Township (entry 15232)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  18. ^ "Pandanus Creek Battery (entry 16585)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 

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