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Photo of Mount Isa by Michael Rogers, who retains copyright and releases the image under the GFDL.

In 1867 Ernest Henry discovered copper on the Cloncurry River, a find which heralded the establishment of the Mount Isa - Cloncurry region as a focus of mining activities in European Australia. In his explorations Henry paid Aborigines of the local Kalkadoon tribe to take him to outcrops of copper ore. What Henry probably failed to recognise was that his informants were themselves miners and the descendants of miners. Indeed, at the time of Henry's discoveries Aboriginal miners were at work in the hills surrounding Mount Isa, extracting rocks and manufacturing stone axes to supply extensive trade systems as they had done for perhaps a thousand years.

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Lake Moondarra.

Twenty kilometres north of the town is Lake Moondarra, a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, where water sports are available, along with barbeque facilities .Barra fishing is extremely popular and Mt.Isa has it's own fishing club. This area is a Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Mount Isa is in the remote outback of Queensland and it's area is regarded as the largest of any City or Town in the world. Mining is the town's reason for existance,


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Mount Isa is the administrative centre of North West Queensland. Silver-lead is a major mining industry for Mount Isa Mines, as is also to a lesser extent copper and zinc.The third largest rodeo in the world is held here every year , doubling the towns population for the duration of the event.


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