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Tin Discovery + Pioneers
Tin Discovery + Pioneers

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The monument commemorates the discovery of tin and the pioneers who settled the district. It was unveiled during the 75th anniversary celebrations. 

Herberton came to importance when, on 19 April 1880, a party of prospectors led by Willie Jack and John Newell discovered tin in the area. They named the settlement Herberton because it was at the headwaters of the Herbert River. In 1882 the two men established a store in Herberton (Jack sold his interest in the mine to John Moffat ) under the banner of `General Merchants and Forwarding and Shipping Agents.` Over the next decade they became the most successful merchants in the area. Eventually there were Jack and Newell stores in Mareeba, Irvinebank, Watsonville, Mount Garnet, Cairns, Port Douglas and a number of other smaller towns. It is important to remember that the discovery of tin at Herberton was largely responsible for the development of the other towns on the Atherton Tablelands.

Herberton is to have a Back to Herberton Week this year. Cr. C. Holdcroft, Chairman of the Herberton Shire Council, explained to a public meeting that 1955 would mark Herberton's 75th year. The finding of tin in Herberton was an historic event, at a time when many hardships were endured in opening up the country for settlement in the days when Port Douglas was the main port.
Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld)  13 January 1955.


Address:Perkins Street, Herberton, 4887
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -17.384722
Long: 145.386667
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 10th September, 1955
Front Inscription

In memory of Messrs. Newell, Jack, Brown and Brandon who discovered tin near here on 20th April, 1880

And of the founders of Herberton the prospectors and pioneers who opened up this District between - 1876 and 1910

Unveiled during the 75th Anniversary Celebrations 10th September, 1955 by Hon. H. H. Collins, M.L.A. Minister for Agriculture and Stock

C. St. L. Holdcroft Chairman, Herberton Shire.

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