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(3 pictures)
Picture relating to Charters Towers - titled 'Small mining camp at Charters Towers, ca. 1890'
Picture relating to Camp Oven Creek - titled 'Camp Oven Creek on the Cairns Railway, ca. 1890'
Picture relating to Croydon - titled 'Railway workers in a bush camp on the Croydon to Normanton railway line, ca.1890'

Small mining camp at Charters Towers, ca. 1890

contributed by QldPics, taken in 1890
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Due to the gold mining boom between 1872 and 1899, Charters Towers operated the only Stock Exchange outside of a capital city. During this period, the population was approximately 27,000, making Charters Towers Queensland's largest city outside of Brisbane. The decline of mining following World War I saw the population shrink and the town become the supply centre of the Dalrymple Shire as well as the educational centre for students from all over North Queensland.

This picture is also part of the following Bonzle photo collections: