Chillagoe Smelters, Chillagoe

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Chillagoe smelters is a heritage-listed refinery at Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park, Mareeba Mining District, Chillagoe, Shire of Mareeba, Queensland, Australia. It operated in the early 1900s. It is also known as Chillagoe State Smelters. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.In its heyday the Chillagoe Smelters were the centre of a thriving mining industry that brought wealth and development to the Chillagoe area. By June 1901, when the railway was completed, Chillagoe was a flourishing town. The railway enabled equipment for the large, innovative Chillagoe Smelters to become operative by September 1901. The Chillagoe Railway & Mining Company equipped its work sites with the most up-to-date machinery and the surrounding mines at Mungana, Zillmanton and Redcap worked on a large scale. At times, the mines, railway and smelter provided employment for up to 1,000 workers.Chillagoe Smelter operated until 1943 and in its 40 odd year lifetime treated 1.25 million tons of ore, yielded 60,000 tons of copper, 50,000 tons of lead, 181 tons of silver and 5 tons of gold. By 1943, other smelters were built closer to the then major ore producing areas such as Mount Isa. Easy access to these areas outweighed the economic usefulness of the state run Chillagoe Smelter. In 1950, the buildings and equipment were auctioned. Today the site is managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.
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  • October 11, 2017
    This place was amazing. The barriers kept you a fair ways back, but wow - so much to see! The signs dotted around the place were really educational - our kids (ages 9, 11 and 11) loved reading. them!  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    We stopped here as part of our tour with Billy Tea Bush. This part of the tour was THE MOST BORING part of the entire excursion. While I enjoy learning about history, a quick 5-10 min stop AT MOST was...  more »
  • May 1, 2017
    Dirt road from the township , can walk if you like walking as not far from the town . cannot get up close to the smelter site for safety reasons . A few information boards explaining the history of th...  more »

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