A mining town located in the coal-abundant region of Bowen Basin in central Queensland, Collinsville is located 88 kilometres south of Bowen, 125 kilometres northeast of Mount Coolon, 273 kilometres northwest of Mackay and 1,140 kilometres northwest of Brisbane. It is under the administration of the Whitsunday Region local government area. European settlement in the area began in 1861, with lands opened to pastoralists and a number of cattle stations. The town was originally called “Moongunya,” an Aboriginal word that roughly means “place of coal.” In 1866, coal was found in the region, but large-scale mining operations only began in 1912. Collinsville officially became the town’s name in September 1921 in honour of Charles Collins, the Labor Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for the Electoral district of Bowen from 1915 to 1936. The town still thrives on coal mining to this day and houses several coal mines, including Collinsville Coal Mine and Sonoma Mine.
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