Mount Huxley (Tasmania)
Taken from the Queenstown airport
|Elevation||926 m (3,038 ft)|
|Location||West Coast, Tasmania, Australia|
|Parent range||West Coast Range|
|Topo map||Owen: 3833|
Mount Huxley is a mountain located on the West Coast Range in the West Coast region of Tasmania, Australia. With an elevation of 926 metres (3,038 ft) above sea level, the mountain was named by Charles Gould in 1863 in honour of Professor Thomas Henry Huxley.
One of the smaller peaks in the West Coast Range, the mountain comprises a large 200-metre (660 ft) outcrop and 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.
Between April and June 1894 there was a goldfield 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, charged with fraud. On 1 July the Crown Solicitor told a magistrate that while the mine had undoubtedly been salted, there was insufficient evidence, and the charges were withdrawn.
Location and access
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.
Mount Huxley showing rocky outcrop on the south face above the King River Gorge.
Mount Huxley from the air - from the west northwest from above the old Queenstown landing strip, circa 1975.
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- Owen (Map) (2 ed.). 1:25,000. 3833. Tasmap. 2001.
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