This tiny settlement is all that remains of one of Queensland's most famous goldmining towns.
Location: 122 km south west of Cooktown; 54km north north west of Mareeba.
Places of interest: Desailly Range; Palmer River; Palmer River
Roadhouse; locality of Lakeland; Bob's Lookout; goldmining relics;
Maytown former mining settlement
The Palmer River goldrush began when William Hann who, while
exploring the interior of Cape York Peninsula in 1872, noticed evidence
of gold in one of the rivers he crossed. The following year, prospector
James Venture Mulligan led a party to the river and returned with 102
ounces. He received £1000 reward and his discovery sparked an
influx of around 17,000 miners that was the catalyst to the
establishment of the ports of Cairns, Cooktown and Port Douglas. Many
of the miners were Chinese, and a bitter series of battles ensued
between the Macao and Canton Chinese. Like similar feuds between
members of different Chinese societies on the Californian Goldfields in
Chinatowns across the US, they became known as the Tong Wars.
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Origin of name: the name is taken from the Palmer River, which was
named by explorer William Hann after the Queensland Chief Secretary,