In making a dash across north Queensland to the coast, we came to a grinding halt when we learnt the history of some of the outback towns. The first one being Mount Isa, Underground Hospital Museum in the far west of the state.
In 1942 during a time of war and after Darwin Hospital had been bombed, Mount Isa Medical Superintendent discussed the need to have an air raid shelter for patients at Mount Isa. With the assistance of the Mines, Mr Wally Onton, along with volunteers, an E shape structure carved into the hill was created, which was fitted out as a full Emergency Hospital.
Fortunately, it never had to be used for the purpose for which it was built, though for the rest of the war and some years after, it provided a cool place for the nurses on night shift to rest and a storehouse for the above ground hospital.
Our journey continued and we were once again, very surprised at Charters Towers.
A chance discovery of gold in 1871 by a young Aboriginal horse boy named, Jupiter Mosman, soon turned Charters Towers into a bustling metropolis boasting the second largest city in Queensland at the time!
The ‘World Theatre’ originates from when Charters Towers was the second largest city in Queensland and was affectionately referred to as ‘The World’.
The Stock Exchange Arcade was the first Stock Exchange in Australia and trading commence on Saturday 20 April 1889.
Members of the Stock Exchange had private review of the stocks twice a day at 10am and noon. The public and non-members were allowed to buy and sell stock at 8pm every evening when ‘cards’ were ‘called’ from a lectern in the centre
We then came across the Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade (QATB) Museum still in Charters Towers.
Well, I learnt a lot of Australian history this week!
I hope you leant something new too 🙂
I’ll keep writing to a minimum and give you links to places so it’s easy reference for you to look up if you’re interested in a particular location.
As we’re travelling around Australia for X amount of months, I’ll keep the Hump Day Post (HDP) (on Wednesdays) for our journey and will continue to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenge (on Saturdays) – where possible. I’ll repeat this every week, just in case you’ve just joined me 🙂