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Mining Heritage

Jun 16, 2018
‘Forgotten’ father of NQ mining

‘Forgotten’ father of NQ mining

John Moffat is sometimes referred to as the “father of Irvinebank”, yet very few people would know of him and the enormous contribution he made to north Queensland and its mining industry. Queensland historian Ruth Kerr long ago recognised Moffat’s role in NQ history and has done much to keep his name alive. Dr Kerr’s… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland members only.Log In Register ...

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Oct 05, 2017
Big birthday bash for Blackwater coal mine

Big birthday bash for Blackwater coal mine

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) is celebrating 50 years of operations at Blackwater Mine, marking the milestone with a free community event at Blackwater Crushers Rugby League Fields on Saturday, October 7. The mine was established by the Utah Development Company, following the discovery of a coal deposit about 20km south of the township of… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland...

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Oct 03, 2017
Golden milestone for alumina giant

Golden milestone for alumina giant

A processing business dubbed ‘the giant that never sleeps’ celebrates 50 years of operation in 2017. Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) opened in Gladstone in 1967, with the first shipment of alumina sailing from the wharf on June 9. An international consortium of Alcan Aluminium, Conzinc Rio Tinto (CRA), Pechiney and Kaiser Aluminium and Chemical Corporation… This content is for iQ Industry ...

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Jul 16, 2017
A pioneer in open-cut coal mining

A pioneer in open-cut coal mining

Blair Athol coal mine is poised to enter a new chapter under its latest owners, TerraCom subsidiary Orion Mining. But its story has some age and the operation has a claim to fame as the first mine in Australia to adopt open-cut methods. The region’s coal was discovered by accident in 1864 on Robert McMaster’s… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland members only.Log In Register ...

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Dec 14, 2016
Miners Memorial Monument to be built in Redbank next year

Miners Memorial Monument to be built in Redbank next year

The sacrifices made by Queensland’s miners and their contribution to the State’s economy will be permanently honoured at new memorial in Redbank. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said construction of Miners Memorial Monument would get under way in the new year. “I’m proud to announce the Palaszczuk Government will soon honour both… This content is for iQ Industry Queen...

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Sep 19, 2016
Queensland remembers lost miners

Queensland remembers lost miners

Miners Memorial Day has been commemorated in Moranbah on the anniversary of Queensland’s worst mine disaster. More than 1500 people have lost their lives working in Queensland’s coal and metalliferous mines since the 19th century. The Mount Mulligan mine disaster occurred on September 19 1921 in Mount Mulligan, in Far North Queensland. A series of explosions in the local coal mine, audible a...

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Aug 24, 2016
Game in the name for early miners

Game in the name for early miners

Near the town of Ewan in Queensland there is a cluster of old mines named after fish.  Sardine, Groper, Tinfish Trevally, Barramundi, and Mackerel are just a few examples. The ironic thing about this is that Oakey Creek (the river that runs through the centre of this cluster) is not known for its good fishing,… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland members only.Log In Register ...

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Aug 23, 2016
Gympie – the town that saved Queensland

Gympie – the town that saved Queensland

In 1867 one man’s search for personal fortune made the history books when he discovered 75 ounces of gold in the place that later became known as ‘the town that saved Queensland’. English prospector James Nash was travelling the bankrupt state of Queensland when he arrived at Gympie, 150km north of central Brisbane, and struck… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland members only.Log In ...

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Aug 21, 2016
Flash of lightning gave birth to ‘The World’

Flash of lightning gave birth to ‘The World’

It was a flash of lightning on Christmas Eve 1871 that led to a young aboriginal boy named Jupiter discovering gold in Charters Towers. Jupiter was prospecting for gold with a group of men when a thunderstorm scared off the group’s horses. While searching for the startled animals Jupiter spotted a specimen of quartz studded… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland members only.Log In Reg...

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