map of Irvinebank
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picture of outback dunny
A classic Aussie 'dunny' or out-house at Mango Cottage
Mango Cottage
Mango Cottage 1906. A typical small miners' cottage in Irvinebank.
Chevrolet Blitz
Chevrolet Blitz. WWII vehicles were perfect for mining and logging in the rugged terrain of the tropical outback
Freethinker Cottage
Freethinker Cottage

Irvinebank Town Tour

1 Loudoun House Museum (1884)

Take a guided tour through Loudoun House, one of the oldest buildings in the north and former home of famous entrepeneur John Moffat. Share John Moffat's vision to develop Irvinebank into the industrial capital of Queensland.

2 School of Arts Town Hall (1900)

At the turn of the century Irvinebank was a thriving town with a hinterland population of about 6 000 people. In 1900 the local School of Arts committee built a large hall to serve as a meeting place, theatre and entertainment complex. By 1903 it was showing cinematographs. The area in front of the hall, which now contains a memorial to John Moffat, once served as the 'Town Square'. The building is constructed mostly of red cedar and was described as 'the most grandiose outside of Brisbane when it was completed only 5 days before federation day 1-1-1901.

3 Qld National Bank Building (1905)

Not open to public. For the first 20 years the 'bank' in Irvine-bank was the huge safe at Loudoun House which contained the payroll for over 1000 workers. In 1905 a branch of the Queensland National Bank was built to serve this purpose and to help administer what had grown into a vast industrial and financial empire. Private residence, please keep out and respect the privacy of residents.

4 Irvinebank State School (1888)

Visitors are welcome to drop in at the Irvinebank State School. This school has been operating continuously since 1888 and today is a model bush school with the latest technology and happy smiling kids.

5 Old Post Office and Telegraph Office (1910)

Not open to the public. Today the post office is at the Irvinebank Tavern (7). Please respect the privacy of residents.

6 Old Police Station and Courtroom (1886)

Visitors Welcome. Courtroom and Police displays and the stories of justice and injustice, restored lock up and local crafts and products for sale.

7 Irvinebank Tavern & Cabins

Everything you need including cold drinks, hot food and free camping. You can sit in the beer garden and enjoy the 'Tin Miners lunch' - the biggest toasted sandwich you will ever see was designed for a hard working miner. More info here....

8 Freethinker

Not open to the public. One of the many workers cottages situated in the township. Please respect the privacy of residents.

9 Mango Cottage

This is possibly one of the tiniest houses in the world and was named after the mango trees which flourish beside it.

10 Henry Dalziel Sportsground

This has been the home to many generations of cricketers, footballers and other sports and was named in honour of local Victoria Cross winner Henry (Harry) Dalziel.

11 Graveyard Gully

Sad tales and some of the personalities from Irvinebank's past have found their final resting place here among the bloodwoods and the eucalypts. Among the headstones you will find such prominent former resident's as surgeon, missionary and astronomer Dr MacFarlane and Constable Edward Lannigan - 'Shot while in execution of his duty'.

12 Loudoun Mill (1884)

Not open to the public, please Keep Out. The heart of Irvinebank's economy thumped along until the mid 1990's. Good views from the dam wall.

13 Tramway Station (1907)

Five trains per day left Irvinebank for Stannary Hills carrying passengers and ingots of 'the purest metal in the world'. The tramway was a 2 ft guage track with steam locomotives.

14 Vulcan Mine (1889)

Once known as 'the Mighty Vulcan', this mine was the deepest tin mine in Australia and the mainstay of Irvinebank's economy. The shaft goes down 1400 ft (440 m). Red Ted Theodore worked there in 1907 and began his political career here.

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