There are many historically marked locations of former mining towns and Cooktown still has some historical buildings. Fossicking still goes on at the old gold rush areas of the Palmer and Hodgkinson Rivers – the later being the site of Tyrconnell about 150kms west of Cairns where a mining venture began over 130 years ago. It is my opinion that the Tyrconnell gold mine and battery is the most significant landmark still existing from those ‘boom and bust’ years in the late 1800’s.The battery was established in the 1870’s but unlike the nearby towns of Kingsborough and Thornborough, was not only a mine but also a well run battery that crushed the gold rich quartz. Because of the nature of mining in those days, buildings and machinery were readily dismantled and moved onto other areas of mineral discoveries so Tyrconnell’s survival was something of a miracle due to the remote location, ongoing discoveries of small amounts of gold and the passion of the current owners. Tyrconnell has survived to be an excellent example of those early days and is now open to the public as a remote accommodation facility. Like Chillagoe, Herberton and Irvinebank, I have seen many shafts in the immediate area and if you have an interest in such things, most have a written history report describing depth and amount of mineral produced.