Oak Tree Cairns Visit Irvinebank
Some Oak Tree Cairns residents spent the day at Irvinebank, the old mining town past Herberton. It was once a major mining town, founded in 1882 and at one stage had a population of 300 people. It was responsible for 25% of Australia's base metal exports. Today there is no mining and the population is only 104.
The happy group from Oak Tree Cairns travelled by coach thanks to a local company called “Reef and Hinterland”.
One of the highlights was the School of Arts building, built of red cedar, in 1901. There is also the interesting Loudoun House Museum and Brian's Shed which has a fine collection of motor vehicles and mining machinery for the past, some of it still in working order.
The local P & C Committee provided our group with an excellent lunch, served in the School of Arts hall.