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Wolfram
Queensland
Postcode: 4872
LGA: Shire of Mareeba
State District: Cook
Federal Division: Kennedy
Main Street Wolfram
Historic photo of Main street, Wolfram
Thermo Electric Ore Reduction Corporation Mill (2003)
Foundations of Thermo Electric Ore Reduction Corporation Mill (2003)

Wolfram was a mining town in Queensland, Australia. It was about 90 kilometres (56 mi) west of Cairns and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Thornborough. It was also known as Wolfram Camp. It is at an altitude of approximately 538 metres. It is within the locality of Dimbulah in the Shire of Mareeba.

History

The mineral wolfram (from which the town derives its name) was discovered in the area in 1891 and attracted miners from neighbouring mining regions such as Thornborough and the Palmer River, forming a settlement known initially as Wolfram Camp.

Wolfram today

Today there are few visible remains of the settlement. There are some concrete foundations of long-gone buildings, headstones in the cemetery, and a row of mango trees that mark where the school used to be.

Heritage listings

Wolfram has a number of sites listed on the Queensland Heritage Register including:

  • Main Street: La Société Française des Métaux Rares treatment plant
  • Wolfram Road: Thermo Electric Ore Reduction Corporation Mill

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