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Mount Morgan

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Mount Morgan is a town located in central Queensland, Australia. It is situated on the Dee River, 38km south of the city of Rockhampton, and is 680km north of the state capital, Brisbane. The Burnett Highway passes through the town. At the 2006 census, Mount Morgan had a population of 2,447.The town was the administrative centre of the Mount Morgan Shire until March 2008, when it was amalgamated with neighbouring local government areas to form the Rockhampton Regional Council.HistoryMount Morgan was founded as a gold mining town in 1882, and over time the Mount Morgan Mine has produced gold, silver and copper. Among those making a fortune from this mine was William Knox D'Arcy. D'Arcy used his fortune to finance oil exploration in Iran, which led to the formation of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (now BP).Mount Morgan Post Office opened on 18 May 1885 (a receiving office had been open from 1884).The town of Mount Morgan grew in a haphazard fashion around the entrance to the mining lease near the Dee River from the early 1880s. By 1889 a number of the major religions had established congregations and erected churches including the Primitive Methodists (1885), the Catholics (1887) and the Anglicans (1889). That year the town's name was formally changed from 'South Calliungal' to 'Mount Morgan', and by 1891 the Queensland census recorded a population of 3514.
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