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Robert Towns
Robert Towns

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An obelisk commemorates Robert Towns, one of the founders of Townsville.

In partnership with J. M. Black he took up land on Cleveland Bay, Queensland, in 1865; by mid-year they had a woolstore, wharf and boiling-down works there and owned the adjoining land. Towns soon reported that the `Government have paid me the compliment to call the town “Townsville”`. Disillusioned with cotton, he now concentrated on Townsville and his Queensland stations, envisaging his own ships carrying his own wool out of his own harbour.

The monument erected to the memory of the late Captain Robert Towns, founder of Townsvtlle, has now been erected as a permanent memorial on Castle Hill.  Originally sited in Sydney, the monument was presented to the City Council and removed to Townsville in recent years. Its new location in a commanding position overlooking the city is appropriate to its purpose. 
Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld.), 26 November 1949. 


Address:Castle Hill Road, Castle Hill, Townsville, 4810
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -19.258505
Long: 146.803345
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:Late 1940s
Front Inscription
      This Stone
Was Originally Erected
      In Sydney
Over The Grave Of
After Whom Townsville Was Named.
Source: MA,ADB
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