Irvinebank

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Irvinebank
Queensland
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Irvinebank is located in Queensland
Irvinebank
Irvinebank
Coordinates 17°26′S 145°12′E / 17.433°S 145.200°E / -17.433; 145.200Coordinates: 17°26′S 145°12′E / 17.433°S 145.200°E / -17.433; 145.200
Population 311 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1884
Postcode(s) 4887
Elevation 750 m (2,461 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Mareeba
State electorate(s) Dalrymple
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Localities around Irvinebank:
Dimbulah Mutchilba Watsonville
Petford Irvinebank Silver Valley
Munderra Mount Garnet Silver Valley

Irvinebank is a town and locality in the western foothills of the Atherton Tablelands of Far North Queensland, Australia.[2][3] It is within the local government area of Shire of Mareeba (between 2008 and 2013, it was within the Tablelands Region).

History[edit]

Irvinebank with Wades Royal Hotel, National Bank, School of Arts and other buildings, circa 1906

First known as Gibbs Camp, the town was founded in 1884 by John Moffat, who had purchased the mining leases from the original prospectors. He built a dam, a mill, smelters and other infrastructure that attracted settlers and miners to the area.[4] Irvinebank Post Office opened on 1 June 1885 (a receiving office had been open from 1884).[5] It became a thriving town with an economy based on mining, milling and smelting.

In the ten years up to the 1911 census the population had swelled from 619 to 1264, but another 10 years saw it reduced back to only 607 and continued to fall.[6]

At the 2006 census, Irvinebank had a population of 311.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

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

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Irvinebank (Mareeba Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Irvinebank - town (entry 16845)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Irvinebank - locality (entry 48681)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Irvinebank History". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Irvinebank - Queensland Places". 
  7. ^ "Queensland National Bank (former) (entry 600678)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Irvinebank State Treatment Works (entry 600679)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Loudoun House (entry 600680)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Vulcan Mine and Headframe (entry 600681)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Irvinebank School of Arts Hall (entry 601619)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Stannary Hills to Boonmoo and Stannary Hills to Irvinebank Tramway formations (entry 602355)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Irvinebank, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons