Mount Etna, 1979. Slide by John Boult. Collection of the Centre for the Government of Queensland.

Copyright ©John Boult and the Centre for the Government of Queensland

Before Mount Etna was mined, from the 1930s to the 1962, G.M.Pilkington & Co quarried lime on Limestone Ridge, producing burnt lime which was used in processing sugar. The quarry where stone was hewn by hand, four kilns, ore shutes, compressor housing, sheds and tram tracks remain as evidence of an operation which in 1939 employed 26 men. The kilns were wood burning, lit at night, when dense smoke filled the valley, undisturbed by environmental concerns. A picturesque ruin remains of this pioneer industry. Pilkington’s Quarry, 2009.  Kilns are at the base of the structure.

Collection of Carol Gistitin

Mount Etna; quarry face after work ceased. Collection of Carol Gistitin.

Collection of Carol Gistitin

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