Pioneers of Townsville

A brief history of the women and men who helped shape Townsville as we know it today.

Robert TownsRobert Towns

1794 - 1873

Townsville was officially named in February 1866 after merchant and speculator, Robert Towns. Born in England in 1794, Towns went to sea at an early age and was master of a brig trading throughout the Mediterranean before he was 20. From 1827 Towns sailed between England and Australia in his own vessel, Brothers, with emigrants and general cargo. Settling in Sydney as a mercantile agent, he subsequently acquired his own fleet and wharves at Millers Point.

For more information, download the Pioneers Walk – Robert Towns information sheet (PDF, 1.6 MB).

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Bibliography of selected South Sea Islander information contained in Townsville Citylibraries Collection and other online sources.

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