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In the 1870s a telegraph station was built on the site of the present town of Karumba -
The Queensland Government at one time considered the undersea cable, eventually laid to Darwin, might come ashore at Karumba. In fact the contractors building the famous overland telegraph from Darwin to Adelaide sailed to Karumba to transmit messages requesting materials and assistance during their contract.
Some ships were able to navigate the river to Normanton -
The name changed to Kimberley in 1876 for a short time, however the confusion with the Kimberley region in Western Australia brought about another change -
In 1937 the Flying Boat service operated by Qantas and BOAC established a base in Karumba to accommodate and refuel the Short Sunderland aircraft on their routes to London. The port then served as an RAAF Catalina base during WWII -
After the war the base was taken over by a Melbourne identity -
By the 1950s Karumba was fast becoming a popular spot for people eager for a fishing adventure in the Gulf of Carpentaria. There were also the crocodile hunters who pursued these prehistoric reptiles for their valuable skins.
When large quantities of shrimp were discovered in the Gulf of Mexico, an Australian -
In spite of opposition from the then Queensland treasurer, Craig Mostyn took over Karumba Lodge and went about building a packing factory on the burnt out site of the old meat-
By the 1960s and 1970s Karumba had become the centre for the Gulf fishing industry. Today the prawn fishing and barramundi industry earn over $130 million each year.
In 1974 the biggest flood in living memory occurred and caused major damage -
In the early days road access was as you would expect -
Air travelers had been using a large saltpan area near what is now Karumba Point -
Sea transport in the early days was the most essential and reliable way to travel -
Courtesy of Karumba Queensland History