MT MOLLOY

Situated 40 kms north of Mareeba, and 36 km west of Mossman, I have had a fascination for the history of this small township ever since we visited our friends at their farm at Mt Molloy. 

In 1885, Pat Molloy, a teamster, was looking for some missing cattle when he came across an out crop of copper 1.6km off the Port Douglas Road. He worked the diggings for 4 years, transporting the ore to Port Douglas for shipment to England and Germany. When the price of copper fell, Molloy left the claim, and in 1893 it was worked again by James Venture Muilligan and James Forsythe. They sold the claim for 6000 pounds. However the southern based company did not run the claim well, and Forsythe and a man named Buchanan took over the claim again. They sold the claim to John Moffat, who established the Mt Molloy Ltd Company. He built a smelter and employed 250 men. About 1909, Mt Molloy Ltd closed the smelters, and in 1916, Moffat liquidated the company

Forsythe built the hotel that Mulligan ran. It was at this hotel, in 1907, that Mulligan died, at the age of 70 years, after hitting his head while trying to break up a fight.

Today there is still a pub, a great bakery, a petrol station, school, some small businesses and a cemetery.

The National Hotel is situated on the main street. 

[I have other historic details about Mt Molloy and it's people for anyone interested]

 STREETS IN MT MOLLOY

 Buck Street / Brown Street / Crothers Street / Little Road / Santowski Crescent / Clacherty Street / Fraser Road / Vains Close

 MT MOLLOY CEMETERY

[I have full details of inscriptions and descriptions of each headstone. I also hold a video of the cemetery and its headstones.]

ALSTON Gordon James

ALSTON Noelene Grace

ALSTON Norman Edward

BAKER Isabel Mary & Thomas Henry

BAKER Mary Elizabeth & Thomas

BAKER Lillian

BAKER Robert Eric

BANSGROVE Dora & George

BRADLEY Charles William

BUTLER Sophia

CAIN William James

CAMPBELL Elizabeth & Neil

CHAPMAN William John & Winifred Beatrice

CHAPMAN George

CLACHARTY Allen McQuhir

CLACHERTY Elizabeth & Robert Kirkpatrick

CLACHERTY Stafford John & Wilhemina

CLARKE

CLARKE Paul and Vida

CREMIN W.J.

CROTHERS John Warren Bathe

EDWARDS Grace Maria

GERAGHTY Herbert Joseph & Margaret

GERAGHTY Honorah & James & Sarah

GRAY Walter E.

GRAY Christina Henrietta

JENKINS Leslie John

JENKINS Millicent Gladys, Lillian & William Arthur

LIANG

McDONAGH Bernard & Bridget

McGILL Thelma

McNARAMA Francis Augustine

McNARAMA Patrick Joseph

MULLIGAN James Venture

PAYNE Stephen Henry

PEDRAZZINI Michael John

PETERSEN James A.

REECE Albert Thomas

ROSS Edith & Donald

SANTOWSKI Robin Francis

SIDES John Alfred

SORENSEN Frederick

SORENSON Alexander

SWINDLEY George Charles

SWINDLEY Yvonne Kay

VAINS Eric Vivian

VAINS Alice Olive and Frederick Charles

VAINS Frederick Charles

WESSEL Douglas Hume

WESSEL Douglas Alexander  Thomas

WEST William George

 

Read my story "Ghost in the Machine" about transcribing inscriptions.

References

Old Mining Towns of North Queensland by Frank Dempstey

 

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