Sneak peak at Mount Isa’s centenary celebrations

Prospector John Campbell Miles knew he was onto something when he tried his luck in Mount Isa in 1923. He soon discovered what lay beneath the soil and took out a lease. He named the area Mount Isa, later selling it for 10,000 pounds to Mount Isa Mines (owned by Glencore today).

Events Calendar

The Mount Isa City Council has nearly three quarters of a million dollars in funding for the Mt Isa centenary celebrations. About two-thirds of this funding was provided by the federal government in October 2021. The remainder will be contributed by the Council.

Here is an outline of the events that are currently being planned. Some are on-off events, while others will inject the centenary celebrations into our annual flagship events.

  • Date TBC: Founders Day Underground Experience (Outback at Isa). This event will feature stories from the Traditional Owners of the region about the land, its people and history.
  • Date TBC: Local Indigenous art displays.
  • February 23: Mount Isa Day (venue and details TBC).
  • May 6: Mount Isa 100 Year Reunion Dinner and Ball (venue to be confirmed).
  • May 10/11: MPX mining conference and expo (Mount Isa Civic Centre).
  • June 10: North Queensland ABA Field Archery Titles (Mount Isa Bowhunters Club).
  • June 16/17: Mount Isa Agricultural Show (Buchanan Park).
  • July 7: Mount Isa State High School 1970 Junior Year Reunion (venue TBC).
  • July 21 to 23: Outback Queensland Masters Golf (featuring the Million Dollar Hole in One Challenge at Mount
  • Isa Golf Club)
  • August 9: Mount Isa Street Festival (the CBD).
  • August 11-13: Mount Isa Mines 100 Years Rodeo (Buchanan Park).
  • August 25: Drovers Camp Festival (Camooweal).
  • September 23: Book Launch and Sport Star Dinner (venue TBC).
  • November 4: Northern Outback Business Awards Gala (Buchanan Park Entertainment Centre).

Getting involved in the 2023 Mount Isa Centenary Celebrations

If you want to register a centenary event or get involved with one that is currently being planned, you can contact the Mount Isa City Council’s 100 Year Event Coordinator Ross Prowd ( or mobile 0412 712 181).

How to keep up to date with the 2023 Mount Isa centenary celebrations

You can keep up to date with the 2023 Mt Isa centenary celebrations on the dedicated Facebook page that has been set up for it, or via the Mount Isa City council’s website. If you ever post on social media about any of the centenary events, use the hashtag #ISA100 to spread the word.

The Mount Isa centenary logo

The Mount Isa centenary logo includes artwork by local Indigenous artist Glenda McCulloch. The first zero on the logo was designed by Glenda and features kangaroo tracks, a star, Kalkadoon headwear (the traditional owners of the land) and an Indigenous meeting place.

The logo also features a visual representation of Mount Isa’ skyline, our smelter stacks, firework and the local landscape.

The bottom line

Next year really will be a once in a century event in Mount Isa. It can be as memorable as we want to make it. Why not get involved, celebrate and have some fun in this great place we call home? Plenty of people who no longer live in Mount Isa will likely want to return to be part of the celebrations as well.

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