Captains Flat Caravan Park in Captains Flat New South Wales

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Captains Flat is a town in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia, in Palerang Shire. It is south of Queanbeyan.

Captains Flat has a permanent population of 400 these days.

It is suggested that a bullock named “Captain” from Foxlow station, 12 km away, grazed here and hence the place name.

The area was originally inhabited by Ngarigu Aboriginals prior to European settlement. The town formed as a result of mining for gold, silver, lead, zinc, copper and iron pyrites in the hills surrounding the upper reaches of the Molonglo River. The town boomed from 1881 to 1899 then went into a rapid decline until 1939 when rail access revived mining activity for another 23 years.

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