Queensland places

Spearritt, Peter and Stell, Marion (2009) Queensland places. Brisbane, QLD, Australia, Centre for the Government of Queensland, The University of Queensland.

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Author Spearritt, Peter
Stell, Marion
Title Queensland places
Place of publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher Centre for the Government of Queensland, The University of Queensland
Publication date 2009-12
Total pages 1 Curated web exhibition
Language eng
Subject CX
21 History and Archaeology
Curated or Produced Substantial Public Exhibition/Event - Web based exhibition
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Queensland Places includes over 1100 entries on settlements in Queensland that now have or once had populations of 500 or more. The entries include cities, towns, villages and suburbs. Some of the entries are on gold rush or other mining towns where the population proved quite short-lived, from Ravenshoe to the Palmer River. Others are on settlements where the population has varied remarkably over time, and in some cases gone up rapidly, gone down rapidly, and then increased again, as in the case of Port Douglas and Cooktown.

We include entries on the suburbs of our major cities and regional towns. Such entries will need regular updating as the population grows or declines, reflecting demographic changes in both well established and recently established suburbs. Most place databases only include suburbs which have become notable for some reason, but in Queensland Places we have tried to include all suburbs with populations of over 500. Today well over two thirds of Queensland's population lives in the suburbs of Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

These entries reflect the European occupation of Queensland from the nineteenth century. The cities, towns, villages and suburbs in this database are largely the creation of European settlers, but of course many of the settlements appropriated Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander lands. We also include entries on all of the major mission stations, many of which are now municipal councils in their own right. We do not attempt to outline the Indigenous history of the landscape before European occupation, but we point to a number of sources that readers can consult about this, including the Atlas of Indigenous Australia (2005) and the Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia (1994). We do attempt, where current sources allow, to comment on Indigenous/European relations, especially in those towns that were near missions, from Murgon and the nearby Cherbourg Mission to Cooktown and the Hopevale Mission.
Keyword Queensland - History
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Website: http://www.queenslandplaces.com.au/home

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