For four years he mined it on his own, expording the copper from Port Douglas to Europe.
Later the lease was taken over by others, including James Venture Mulligan at one stage.
Venture later bought the pub of the town, which he run and in which he accidentally died while breaking up a fight at the age of 70.
His grave is in the nearby
cemetery - his main claim of fame is that he
is the guy who
found the gold deposits
and Hodgkinson gold
lead to the establishment
of Cooktown, Cairns and Port
Today the pub is still there, and also has accommodation.
Now that the mining is gone the main industry is cattle, and the small Mt Molloy also has a church and a memorial hall,
... a general store and an opal shop,
... and if you get hungry,
apart from the pub there is also a bakery
and a cafe.
If your hunger is mighty big, get the famous Mt Molloy Burger of the Lot
that occasionally makes it to the local newspapers.
Or buy one and share, or else you may fall asleep and not be able to drive any further :-)
NEW There is now
also a newer cafe with all the
healthy choices, across the road from the pub:
Very friendly with big smiles :-)
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