Mount Molloy, Queensland

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Mount Molloy
Mt Molloy
Mount Molloy is located in Queensland
Mount Molloy
Mount Molloy
Coordinates 16°32′S 145°20′E / 16.533°S 145.333°E / -16.533; 145.333Coordinates: 16°32′S 145°20′E / 16.533°S 145.333°E / -16.533; 145.333
Population 273 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4871
LGA(s) Shire of Mareeba
State electorate(s) Cook
Federal Division(s) Leichhardt

Mount Molloy is a historic mining and timber town lying 55 kilometres (34 mi) north of Cairns. It is within the local government area of Shire of Mareeba (between 2008 and 2013, it was within the Tablelands Region). At the 2011 census, the town and surrounding area had a population of 273.[1]


At its height Mount Molloy was a copper mine in the 1890s. It was commonly used as camping grounds and Chinese market gardeners used to grow grain and other foodstuffs for the miners nearby.

A private railway was constructed to Mount Molloy, junctioning from the Cairns to Mareeba line at Biboohra, opening in August 1908. It was built by Mount Molloy Limited to serve its smelters. The line was transferred to Queensland Railways on 1 March 1917 following the liquidation of the company and was extended to Rumula on 5 December 1926. The branch closed on 1 May 1964.[2]

Molloy Post Office opened by July 1905 and was renamed Mount Molloy in 1982.[3]

Mount Molloy was named after Patrick Molloy, an early teamster for a stock route and the person who discovered copper at what was to become Mount Molloy.

Today the dominant industry of Mount Molloy is now cattle grazing and consists of a few shops and an old hotel.


Nearby towns are Julatten, Mount Carbine and Mount Mulligan. Quaid Road terminates south of Mount Molloy. A majority of the eastern half of Mount Molloy is protected within Kuranda National Park. Mount Molloy lies within both the Mitchell River and Barron River water catchment areas.

Heritage listings[edit]

Mount Molloy has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Mount Molloy (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  2. ^ The Rumula Branch Milne, Rod Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, October, 1993 pp243-248
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "James Venture Mulligan's Grave, Mt Molloy Cemetery (entry 600684)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "JM Johnston's Sawmill (former) Steam Plant (entry 602776)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 

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