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Mount Chalmers
Queensland
Rural landscape, Mount Chalmers, 2016.jpg
Rural landscape, Mount Chalmers, 2016
Population 216 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4702
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Livingstone
State electorate(s) Keppel
Federal Division(s) Capricornia
Localities around Mount Chalmers:
Ironpot Cawarral Cawarral
Mount Archer Mount Chalmers Tungamull
Mount Archer Nankin Nankin

Mount Chalmers is a town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Queensland, Australia. In the 2011 census, Mount Chalmers had a population of 216 people.

History

StateLibQld 2 68015 Panoramic view of the Fitzroy Copper Mine, Mount Chalmers, 1907
Fitzroy Copper Mine, Mount Chalmers, 1907

Gold was found in Mount Chalmers in 1860 but gold mining did not commence in the area until 1869. It was named after Mr Chambers who established a battery. In 1899 copper mining commenced.

StateLibQld 1 103107 Panoramic view of Mount Chalmers, ca. 1909
Panoramic view of Mount Chalmers, circa 1909

A provisional school opened on 23 January 1901; it was proclaimed Mount Chalmers State School in 1909.

In 1908 the Yeppoon railway line was established from Sleipners Junction on the North Rockhampton to Emu Park railway line and then through to Yeppoon railway station. Mount Chalmers railway station (23°18′04″S 150°38′28″E / 23.30111°S 150.64111°E / -23.30111; 150.64111 (Mount Chalmers railway stations)) served the town.

In 1911, the census recorded a population of 1181. However, the mining ended in 1914 and people moved away; the 1921 census showed the population had fallen to 95 people.

Railway bridge, Mount Chalmers, Shire of Livingstone, Queensland, 2016
Railway bridge on the Yeppoon railway line, Mount Chalmers, 2016

The Yeppoon railway line ceased passenger services in 1978 and closed completely in 2004.

The school was mothballed on 31 December 2005 and its closure finalised on 31 December 2006.

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