The History of the Former Gold Mining Town of Mt Chalmers Is One of Those Great Stories from the Rockhampton District. Anne O'connor Took the Mt Chalmers Guided Walking Tour a Few Weeks Ago and Here Shares the Experience with You
THE history of Mt Chalmers has been faithfully preserved by knowledgeable dedicated residents.
Sue Hutchinson and fellow volunteers guided our large group around what was once a thriving mining town of 2000 people.
This was a considerable population at that time.
The town boasted seven boarding houses, five hotels, banks, churches, billiards room and a roller rink. Films were shown in the local hall.
Through her knowledge and skill Sue conjured up images of the town and its characters.
Walkers were able to imagine the everyday life of the community and the hustle and commerce of Harold Rd in the early 20th century.
The last passenger train went through 1976, mining continued until the 1980s.
Many buildings have been relocated throughout the region to towns that include Baralaba, Emu Park, Moura, Tungamull, Wowan and Yeppoon. Time and nature has claimed the rest.
Where there was once a bustling gold and copper mining town there is now a tranquil hamlet of about 120 residents. …