Morinish, Queensland

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Alliance Mine in operation at Morinish, Queensland, circa 1890.JPG
Alliance Mine in operation at Morinish, circa 1890
Morinish is located in Queensland
Coordinates 23°12′17″S 150°03′09″E / 23.20472°S 150.05250°E / -23.20472; 150.05250Coordinates: 23°12′17″S 150°03′09″E / 23.20472°S 150.05250°E / -23.20472; 150.05250
Postcode(s) 4702
LGA(s) Rockhampton Region
State electorate(s) Mirani
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Suburbs around Morinish:
Glenroy Canoona South Yamba
Glenroy Morinish Ridgelands
Morinish South Kalapa Dalma

Morinish is a rural locality in the Rockhampton Region, Queensland, Australia.[1] It is bounded by the Fitzroy River to the north and west.


Gold was also found at Morinish in 1866 with miners working in the area by December 1866,[2] and a "new rush" being described in the newspapers in February 1867[3] with the population being estimated on the field as 600.[4]

There were at least three major mines in the period of 1880s to 1900s: Welcome Reef, Alliance Mine and Mount Morinish Mine.[5]

The Morinish Post Office opened on 1 July 1867 and closed on 4 November 1872.[6]

Perhaps reflecting the changing fortunes on the goldfields, schooling in Morinish was provided on a somewhat erratic basis. A provisional school was opened in 1882 but closed in 1890. Another provisional school opened in 1894 but closed in 1897. In 1902, two provisional schools opened on a part-time basis, but merged into Morinish State School in 1915 and then closed in 1928.[7]

Morinish was within the Shire of Fitzroy until 2008 when amalgamation of local government areas resulted in it becoming part of the newly created Rockhampton Region.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Morinish (entry 46481)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Rockhampton", The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933), 25 December 1866, p. 2
  3. ^ "Queensland", South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 – 1900), 22 February 1867, p. 2
  4. ^ "Rockhampton", Warwick Argus and Tenterfield Chronicle (Qld. : 1866 – 1879), 15 February 1867, p. 2
  5. ^ "Gold occurrences in Central Queensland". Treasure Enterprises of Australia. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  6. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  7. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0

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