A tiny settlement that is little more than a pub and a couple of
houses in an absolutely desolate landscape on the banks of the
frequently dry Leichhardt River.
Location: 118 km north east of Mount Isa; 100 km north west of Cloncurry.
Places of interest: Leichhardt River; Lake Julius (25 km west, a
freshwater dam for Mount Isa Mines Ltd); Battle Hill (site of the
battle of 1884); Kalkadoon Hotel; mining relics
Brief history: it was near Kajabbi that the Kalkadoon Aborigines fought
a pitched battle against the white cattlemen who had invaded their
tribal lands. Government troops met the Kalkadoons at Battle Mountain
in 1884. The predictable result was that nearly all of the Kalkadoons
were slaughtered. Kajabbi was little more than a supply centre for the
local cattle stations until the nearby mines at Dobbyn and Mount
Cuthbert attracted copper miners to the area. A railhead was
established in the 1920s for the shipment of cattle to the coast.
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Origin of name: originally a railway station name given by Railways
Department in 1915, it is an Aboriginal word for the kite hawk, however
the language and dialect were not recorded.