Miners' quarters at Mount Isa Mines, ca. 1936

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Creator: APE-85 Mount Isa Photograph Album 1935-1937

Location: Mount Isa, Queensland.

Description: Mount Isa is situated next to the Selwyn Ranges on the Leichhardt River. Mount Isa owes its prosperity to the huge Mount Isa Mine, the world's largest single producer of copper, silver, lead and zinc. In 1923 John Campbell Miles found a silver-lead ore outcrop and made a claim for two mining leases. Mount Isa Mines took over operations in 1924. This rich deposit is still producing high volumes of ore and is classed as one of the world's great mines.

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    • 01/Mar/2023 00:40:52

    Mineside looking West. In the foreground the two story buildings were called "Tradesmen's Dormitories", on left were barracks for single men. The next building was also single men's quarters. Centre right was the kitchen and dining hall. The houses were for married men. The following is an extract from the Daily Mercury, Mackay, 10th December 1929. "Permanent quarters are being built on a very large scale. The buildings will have forty bedrooms, each nicely furnished and containing a duchess, a wire stretcher, and wash stand. The buildings are enclosed all round with wire gauze netting to make them fly proof. I believe the Company intends to charge five shillings a week rent for these rooms."