Gold Discovery SitePrint Page Print this page

Gold Discovery Site : 23-April-2011
Gold Discovery Site : 23-April-2011

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

Cairn commemorates the site of gold discovery in 1871 and marks the centenary of the official confirmation of the site in January 1872. 

In December 1871, at a spot near the gap in Towers Hill, Hugh Mosman, James Fraser, George Clarke and Jupiter Mosman - who is unofficially credited with the first discovery -uncovered what was to become one of Australia`s premier gold fields. In January they registered claims and the rush which established Charters Towers began.

Jupiter an aboriginal, was given his forename because of his large luminous eyes, and his surname from his `owner` Hugh Mosman. Innocently, Jupiter showed Hugh Mosman the piece of gold bearing quartz and thus enabled the miners to discover, tons of gold-bearing quartz and peg their claims.


Address:Mosman Street, Towers Hill, Charters Towers, 4820
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -20.086077
Long: 146.250236
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
View Google Map


Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:25-December-1871
Approx. Event Start Date:
Actual Event End Date:25-December-1871
Approx. Event End Date:


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 28th June, 1972
Front Inscription

         1872 - 1972
This Cairn Marks The Location
Of The Finding Of Gold By
Jupiter Mosman, Accompanying
H. Mosman, J. Fraser, and G. Clarke,
December 1871, And Official
Confirmation January 26th 1872.

Erected By The Charters Towers
And Dalrymple Historical Society.

This Cairn Was Unveiled
On The 28th June, 1972
The Governor of Qld,
Sir Colin Hannah, KBE CB

Source: NRUM, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au