A stroll down Gill and Mosman Streets in Charters Towers will reveal some lovely surprises and details in the looking up and looking down. Beyond the commercial realities of current businesses in the town are the remnants of previous design including painted glass, lead light work, iron lace and pressed tin.
Charters Towers began its life as a town when a 12 year old Aboriginal boy by the name of Jupiter Mosman found a nugget of gold in 1871. Thus sparked a growth spurt of banks, hotels and other businesses supporting this modest rush in the scheme of gold mining in Australia.
Many of those buildings are still in use today. For some of them, it’s hard to imagine their glory days as the advertising logos, hoardings and awnings take away some of the shine.
The Northern Miner newspaper’s building is still there. I love the reuse of the Excelsior Hotel as the local library. The old bank pictured is now a pharmacy.
I hope we can actually get inside some of these establishments tomorrow now that we know that many of the attractions in Charters Towers have limited opening hours. We started our walk around the town at 2.00 pm. The Zara Clark Museum opens only 4 hours each day. The Miner’s Cottage closes ‘mid-afternoon’ and the World Theatre closes at 1.00 pm on a Wednesday.