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Irvinebank

Like sage old friends, old fig trees lining the town into Irvinebank always provide a place of welcome. These hospitable old gentlemen are happy to provide shade and shelter for a picnic or a cool spot of relaxation. They also have witnessed the activity of this small historic village, west of Herberton on the Atherton Tablelands. Founded in 1882 as Gibbs Camp, mining magnate John Moffat lived here and invested in the town. He even named it in honour of his native Scotland - it is difficult to be a wealthy magnate without an ego. His house, Loudoun House, is now a museum, reflecting much of the present town's status. Walk around town to see architectural styles from the late 1800s with the School of Arts building, the restored Old Police Station and Courthouse, the tramway station for the Stannary Hill line (no longer in existence) and the Queensland National Bank building. Other historic sites include Mango Cottage and The Free Thinkers Cottage and the old Treatment Works where tin was processed for more than 100 years. This town provided a pathway to greatness. Two former Queensland premiers worked in the mines here including Ted 'Red' Theodore who later became Federal Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister. Facilities today include art gallery in the old post office building, a hotel offering meals and some accommodation and camping. A large water impoundment close to town is always full of water and gives a lakeside ambience.

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