Ravenswood Queensland

Ravenswood Queensland is an interesting outback town.

The little Ravenswood between Townsville and Charters Towers has been an on and off mining town for the last one and a half centuries.

There is a whole lot of interesting mining history, as well as a working gold mine.

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The town by robstephaustralia via Flickr.com

History of Mining in Australia
The first rush started in 1868 when local pastoralists found gold, and the first crushings were very rich but the success of the mine was over by 1872. In 1893, the mine manager A. L. Wilson managed to convince British investors to the mine. They used new processing methods that proved incredibly successful. Ravenswood’s population grew to 5000 and boasted over 50 pubs! After producing about 12½ tonnes of gold, the rush was over again in 1917.

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Museum by John Skewes via Flickr.com

Miner's Cottage in Remote Australia
There is an old miner’s cottage at the entrance of the town. It’s hard to imagine how the owner John Stuffard lived here with his wife and 10 kids. The rooms are dark and tiny, the floor is bare earth, the ceilings and doorways are so low that anyone taller than five feet could not stand straight inside the house. Outback winters are freezing cold, the shower is outside, and the corrugated iron walls stand up without a nail in them. Nothing but a lot of gold would get anyone to live in these conditions.

Modern Mining in Australia
Today, the mining is back in Ravenswood. With new methods producing gold is viable again and so in 1987, 1994 and 2000, new mines opened. But today’s miners fly in and out so this hasn’t changed the town’s population of 100.

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Old building by robstephaustralia via Flickr.com

Buildings of Classic Outback Towns

Other things to see in town are the Courthouse Museum in Macrossan street, St Patrick’s Church, a school, an old railway station, a cemetery, an old post office, the ruins of the Marble Mill, and six chimney stacks from the old mining days.

The Town's Two Pubs

Two historical pubs remain, both with a nice old bar, and hotel rooms upstairs. Imperial Hotel is most impressive but is said to be haunted and gets noisy during the weekend nights, so if you prefer to be left alone, try Railway Hotel instead. There is also a caravan park and a camping ground in town if you prefer camping.

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Imperial Hotel. by robstephaustralia via Flickr.com

Here's a map of Ravenswood Australia - you can double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

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It wasn't john stuffered who lived in the cottage it was a man named George butler born about 1890 he did have the 10 kids who used to scratch around for …

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I live in Ravenswood and alot of people think that all of the gold has been taken away from here. In fact that is wrong I am a part time prospector …

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