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Irvinebank
Queensland
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Population: 311
Established: 1884
Postcode: 4887
Elevation: 750 m (2,461 ft)
LGA: Shire of Mareeba
State District: Dalrymple
Federal Division: Kennedy
Localities around Irvinebank:
Dimbulah Mutchilba Watsonville
Petford Irvinebank Silver Valley
Munderra Mount Garnet Silver Valley

Irvinebank is a town and locality in the western foothills of the Atherton Tablelands of Far North Queensland, Australia. It is within the local government area of Shire of Mareeba (between 2008 and 2013, it was within the Tablelands Region).

History

StateLibQld 1 390501 View of Irvinebank, Queensland, ca.1906
Irvinebank with Wades Royal Hotel, National Bank, School of Arts and other buildings, circa 1906

First known as Gibbs Camp, the town was founded in 1884 by John Moffat, who had purchased the mining leases from the original prospectors. He built a dam, a mill, smelters and other infrastructure that attracted settlers and miners to the area. Irvinebank Post Office opened on 1 June 1885 (a receiving office had been open from 1884). It became a thriving town with an economy based on mining, milling and smelting.

In the ten years up to the 1911 census the population had swelled from 619 to 1264, but another 10 years saw it reduced back to only 607 and continued to fall.

At the 2006 census, Irvinebank had a population of 311.

Heritage listings

Irvinebank has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • Jessie Street: Queensland National Bank
  • off Jessie Street: Irvinebank State Treatment Works
  • 16 O'Callaghan Street: Loudoun House
  • Mareeba Mining District: Vulcan Mine
  • McDonald Street: Irvinebank School of Arts Hall
  • Stannary Hills-Irvinebank Road: Stannary Hills Tramways

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