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CHARTERS TOWERS TO-DAY
THE City of Charters Towers is situated 82 miles in a south westerly
direction from Townsville:
is approximately 1000 feet above sea level and the city enjoys a
dry healthy climate.
An old gold mining town which in its hey-day had a population of
approximately 30,000. Charters Towvers once was regarded as one
of the richest gold fields of the world. Over £30,000,000 worth
of gold has been produced from the fields.
At the present time the only gold mine worked on a large scale is the
Black Jack Mine which employs about 50 men. Other smaller mines are
also being worked and the average monthly gold yield for the past
twelve months wvas 5,192 ounces.
Venus State Battery
Quite recently the State Mines Department have reconditioned the
Venus Crushing Mill. This mill consists of a ten-head stamper battery
with cyanidation plant and serves the requirements of some of the
mines producing on the field and many small prospectors. Ores from the
far North and West are also sent to this mill for treatment.
As an educational centre, Charters Towvers is proud of its secondary
colleges and schools, there being six secondary schools for boys
and girls and a State High School and Technical College; in
addition there are six State Primary Schools,
New Mental Home
Nearly two miles from the city, work of ground levelling is now
completed on the new Mental Home, which is being built on 2,600 acres.
Over £1,000,000 will be spent on the project and when finished it
will be one of the most up-to date institutions in Australia.
Situated in Sayers Park, Hackett Terrace, Charters Towers
The City Council have provided a very fine camping area in Sayer's Park
for the convenience and use of the travelling public. Among the
facilities provided are Bathrooms, Laundry, Lavatories, Water, Light,
Power Point and Cooking facilities.
The area set aside for the purpose of the Camping of Caravans will
acommodate one hundred caravans. This has proved a boom to the
travelling public and many have availed themselves of this camping area,
Charters Towers To-day
Among its now recognised glories is the growing of wonderful citrus
(oranges, lemons, mandarins), grapes,
grapefruit, melons, mangoes, papaws, passion fruit, custard apples,
granadillas, bananas, almonds, olives, dates, coconuts, first
quality, vegetables and mixed farming, dairying, grazing of cattle of
finest breeds, horses, pigs, etc.
The city possesses one of the finest ww.iers in the Commonwealth, built
in 1900 on the Burdekin River, at a point approximately 10 miles from
the city and an abundant water supply second to none is available all
the year around.
The City of Charters Towers is served by gas and electricity and
regular daily bus services are operated to all parts of the town. A
newspaper service, the "Northern Miner," is issued daily.
Fine sporting is available not too far distant from the city along the
wvonderful Burdekin River. The Fletcher River, Cape River,
Powlathanga Lakes, and many other such places provide excellent
fishing and shooting.