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John Campbell Miles Memorial Clock Tower

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Published August 16th 2018
A piece of history that links the past, present and future
When you passed between Rodeo Drive and Miles Street in the city centre of Mount Isa, you can see a big clock on top of a decorative tower. It's not only an unusual town clock but it has a meaningful history.





This clock is a monument which commemorates John Campbell Miles, who uncovered the mineral deposits of silver-lead-zinc, which led to the opening of the Mount Isa Mine. John Campbell Miles lived to 82 years old and died on 4th December 1965 in Ringwood, Melbourne. Three years later, Miles' ashes were brought back to Mount Isa and buried under the clock tower.

Mount Isa, John Campbell Miles, memorial, outback, mining town
Brief of history for this memorial


An architect from Brisbane was commissioned to work alongside Val Pinkster (Mount Isa Mine artist). They put a lot of thought into this project and have produced a fine piece of architecture for Mount Isa which incorporates copper, silver and lead.



John Campbell Miles' ashes are buried underneath this large clock tower with three pillars representing Mount Isa Mines, Mount Isa Shire Council and the Chamber of Commerce. John Campbell Miles Memorial Clock Tower not only honours John Campbell Miles but this structure also has a practical function as welll. It is a lasting memorial which will be admired and enjoyed by future generations.





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Where: Mount Isa
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