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Mining Heritage

Jul 13, 2016
US spy infiltrated Roma oil operation

US spy infiltrated Roma oil operation

  The year was 1924 when an undercover American geologist managed to weed his way onto an Australian oil drilling project on the outskirts of Roma with the intention of leaking information back to the United States. The year prior, The Lander Oil Company had landed on the scene and had set up the first… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland members only.Log In Register ...

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Jul 13, 2016
Gas hub springs from pioneers’ search for water

Gas hub springs from pioneers’ search for water

More than 100 years ago a search for water pushed the small Queensland town of Roma into an unexpected boom and saw the birth of Australia’s oil and gas industries. In 1900 the town began drilling a well named QG No.2 (QG No.1 had been unsuccessful) as a solution to water shortages in the region…. This content is for iQ Industry Queensland members only.Log In Register ...

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Jul 13, 2016
Pioneer prospectors set up shop

Pioneer prospectors set up shop

They were drawn to Far North Queensland by news of gold finds on the Palmer River, but it was a retail empire that helped Scotsman William Jack and Irishman John Newell become household names throughout the region. The pair played a key role in the birth of the Herberton tin mining district in the 1880s… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland members only.Log In Register ...

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Jul 04, 2016
History in the making – the commissioning of the Burdekin Dam

History in the making – the commissioning of the Burdekin Dam

In a trip down memory lane we bring you the speech given by then Prime Minister Bob Hawke at the commissioning of the Burdekin Dam in 1988. A ‘confluence of support’ ensured the dam’s future after nearly a century of unsuccessful lobbying. It was largely underwritten by the efforts of then Member for Herbert Ted Lindsay MP… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland member...

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Jun 04, 2016
Man on a mission for hotel history

Man on a mission for hotel history

Meet the man who has been to every Railway Hotel in Queensland. Railway enthusiast, enjoyer-of-beer and amateur historian Scott Whitaker is working his way through pubs of that name nationwide as he puts in the research for a bar-hopping book series. Whitaker said he had started out including pubs with railway-related names such as Terminus… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland member...

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Jun 04, 2016
The publican, the prospector and a very angry adder

The publican, the prospector and a very angry adder

A duel between a publican’s pet death adder and a prospector’s dog was among the tales author Scott Whitaker uncovered from the gold mining town of Ravenswood. The Railway Hotel at Ravenswood had its beginnings in 1886 and still trades today. “Gold was discovered on the Ravenswood Pastoral Run in 1869.  A rush ensued and… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland members only.Log In Regist...

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