Early view of Mount Isa township, 1929

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    • 28/Feb/2023 07:16:57

    Looking North West from Southern end of what became known as Water Tank Hill. Marian Street, now known as Rodeo Drive, running diagonally right to upper left.

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    • 16/Apr/2023 00:00:40

    In May 1929 the railway was extended from the old mining town of Duchess to Mount Isa, causing a five-fold population increase to about 3000 by Christmas. The Catholic church building was transported from Duchess in 1929. MIM built a town dam on Rifle Creek, started building well-designed miners' houses, laid out sports facilities and roads and planned a tree-lined park. The locating of the railway station on the east side of the river persuaded many west side businesses to move to the new town, but within a year it was found that the company town was a better appointed settlement than the official east side town under the management of Cloncurry Shire. MIM's hospital, sensibly located near the site of potential mining accidents, caused considerable discontent when compared with the less well-appointed cottage hospital in town. The emerging divide between town and mine settlements was physically manifested when the Leichhardt River occasionally flooded. Source: www.queenslandplaces.com.au/mount-isa