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Postcode(s) 4871
LGA(s) Shire of Mareeba
State electorate(s) Cook
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Localities around Thornborough:
Mount Mulligan Mount Mulligan Glen Russell
Chillagoe Thornborough Glen Russell
Chillagoe Dimbulah Arriga
StateLibQld 1 390509 Queensland National Bank, Thornborough, ca. 1888
Queensland National Bank, Thornborough, ca. 1888

Thornborough is a town and locality in Shire of Mareeba in Queensland, Australia. It rose to prominence in the 1870s as a gold mining town in the Hodgkinson Minerals Area. Today, there are very few buildings remaining in the town. It is within the local government area of Shire of Mareeba (between 2008 and 2013, it was within the Tablelands Region).


The town of Kingsborough, another former mining town, is located to the north-east of the town of Thornborough.


Thornborough was named in 1876 after George Henry Thorn, the then Queensland Premier.

By May 1877, the streets were laid out and named after pioneers of north Queensland, such as James Venture Mulligan and William (Billy) McLeod and Muirson.

Heritage listings

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

  • off Dimbulah-Mount Mulligan Road, Kingsborough: General Grant Mine
  • off former East Street (now Kingsborough-Thornborough Road), Kingsborough: Kingsborough Battery
  • Kingsborough-Thornborough Road: Tyrconnel Mine and Battery
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