Cinnabar, Queensland

Cinnabar, Queensland

Cinnabar, near Kilkivan, was an important locality in the mining era in the late 1870’s. Mercury was mined at Cinnabar. When the railway was extended to the South Burnett in 1899, a siding was established in the vicinity. The sale of land from Kilkivan Pastoral Run resulted in an increase of the rural population. The area around Cinnabar Siding was surveyed into town blocks in 1909. The siding was used by dairy farmers, who railed cream to factories and during the First World War a cheese factory was opened close to the railway station.

Steam engines at Cinnabar quicksilver mine Mr J Len

Steam engines at Cinnabar quicksilver mine Mr J Len

Retort's were used to process the Cinnabar ore to produce metal

Cinnabar mine: Retort’s were used to process the Cinnabar ore to produce metal

Cinnabar mine site, note the miners tent

Cinnabar mine site, note the miners tent

Erection of mining equipment at Cinnabar

Erection of mining equipment at Cinnabar

Brisbane Courier, 27 February 1932, p 21

Cinnabar, Brisbane Courier, 27 February 1932, p 21

Gympie Times and Mary River Mining Gazette, 25 February 1911, p 1

Cinnabar at Kilkivan

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. 1860 - 1947), Tuesday 28 December 1915, page 8

Cinnabar

Shareholders in Cinnabar Mining Co under the awning of Kilkivan Federal Hotel

Shareholders in Cinnabar Mining Co under the awning of Kilkivan Federal Hotel

The Gympie Times, Saturday, October 7, 1916 p. 6 Cinnabar Cheese Factory

Cinnabar Cheese Factory

The Gympie Times Saturday, July 20, 1918 p.3 Kilkivan Land for Soldier Settlement

Kilkivan Land for Soldier Settlement

The Gympie Times Saturday, July 13, 1918 p. 3 Kilkivan Soldier Settlement

Kilkivan Soldier Settlement

GT Saturday, August 12, 1916 p. 6 Cinnabar Cheese Factory

Cinnabar Cheese Factory

 

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