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Kajabbi
Queensland
Postcode(s) 4824
Location
  • 1,805 km (1,122 mi) NW of Brisbane
  • 118 km (73 mi) NE of Mount Isa
  • 100 km (62 mi) NW of Cloncurry
LGA(s) Shire of Cloncurry
State electorate(s) Mount Isa
Federal Division(s) Kennedy

Kajabbi is a town in the locality of Three Rivers, Shire of Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia.

Geography

The town is on the Leichhardt River in the remote north-west of Queensland, 1,805 kilometres (1,122 mi) north west of the state capital Brisbane. The town is small, described by a travel writer as "no more than a pub and a couple of houses". The Kalkadoon Hotel is the only commercial business in the town.

History

The town takes its name from its former railway station, which was named by Railways Department on 29 April 1915. It is reportedly an Aboriginal word, but the language and dialect were not recorded, indicating kite hawk.

Nearby Battle Mountain was the scene of an armed conflict between local Kalkadoon people and European cattlemen supported by the armed forces. Many of the local Aborigines were killed.

In the 1920s Kajabbi was a service centre for nearby copper mines at Dobbyn and Mount Cuthbert. The town was a railhead on the Mount Cuthbert and Dobbyn railway lines and cattle from a wide area of north west Queensland were brought to the town to be railed to Cloncurry and onwards. Kajabbi Post Office opened on 13 June 1927 (a receiving office had been open from 1917) and closed in 1973.

In 2009 the Kalkadoon Hotel closed citing problems with meeting regulatory requirements.

Heritage listings

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

  • North-West of Kajabbi Township: Mount Cuthbert Township and Smelter
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