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A large gibber (stone) mounted on a gatepost commemorates the details of Jupiter Mosman's gold discovery.
CHARTERS TOWERS. December 28.— Alderman R. H. Davies has dedicated a memorial to the founders of Charters Towers, Messrs Jupiter Mosman, H. Mosman. Fraser and Clarke. In dedicating the memorial Alderman Davies spoke particularly on the actual finding of gold in Charters Towers by Jupiter Mosman. Alderman Davles stated the memorial provided a record for the memory of the finders of Charters Towers. Up until now, he said, the city's founders had been practically unrecognised and it had been left to a private citizen. Mr. Syd Williams, to erect the memorial. It was a fulfilment of a promise by Mr. Williams to Jupiter Mosman in 1943. It was fltting said Alder man Davies, that a representative of the aboriginal community in the person of King Kiara, should unveil the plaque on the memorial.
Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld.) 29 December 1953.
|Address:||198 Gill Street, Charters Towers, 4820|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -20.077022|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Thursday 24th December, 1953|
This gibber was removed from the site near " The Gap" where Jupiter, (1861 - 1945 ) an aboriginal, first discovered gold on Charters Towers Goldfields.
Proclaimed 31st August 1872. Fine gold won 6,785,281 ounces to August 1947.
Erected by Syd.N.Williams. Mining Engineer
Prospectors - Hugh Mosman, George Clarke, J. Fraser and horseboy Jupiter were camped behind Towers Hill.
During a heavy thunderstorm the packhorses bolted and Jupiter tracked them to a gully near the gap. He stopped for a drink and when he put his head in the water he saw very rich specimens of gold ore. About 2000 ounces of gold were found around the surface.
Unveiled by King Kiarra - Dedicated by Ald. R. Davies 24.12.1953