Alberton, Queensland

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Alberton
Gold CoastQueensland
StateLibQld 2 253588 View of the Alberton Sugar Mill, 1922.jpg
Alberton Sugar Mill, 1922
Population 576 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s) 4207
LGA(s) Gold Coast City
State electorate(s) Albert, Coomera
Federal Division(s) Forde
Suburbs around Alberton:
Eagleby Carbrook Carbrook
Eagleby Alberton Woongoolba
Stapylton Stapylton Woongoolba

Alberton is a locality in the City of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.[2] According to the 2011 census it had a population of 576.[1] It is bounded in the north by the Logan River and in the west by its tributary, the Albert River.

History[edit]

The Aboriginal name for the area was Wobbomerijee (where Wobum means mud and Mudtheri means sticky).[2]

European settlement began in 1863 when the first settlers arrived, mostly German immigrants.[3] A town reserve was established in 1865 on the souther bank near the junction of the Logan and Albert Rivers.[4]

In 1869, the first Lutheran church was established near the Lutheran cemetery on Zipfs Road. The area was known as Elkana (meaning "God has created and blessed").[3][5] Later the area was called Alberton after Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria, but the name Elkana is preserved in Elkana Road.[6]

In 1870 a ferry service across the river was introduced with the first bridge being built in 1876 at Yatala.[3]

Alberton State School and students, circa 1892

A German school was established early in the 1870s beside the church. The Alberton Provisional School opened on 13 May 1876 with children attending German school on only one day a week. On 13 October 1884 the provisional school became the Alberton State School.[3][7]

St Peter's Lutheran Church, Alberton, 2014

In 1886, a new larger Lutheran church (the present St Peter's at 187 Alberton Road) was built. It was consecrated in 1887 by Rev Hellmuth.[3]

The Gem Hotel, 2014

The Gem Hotel was established prior to 1911,[6] but it was destroyed by fire on 27 June 1933 but fortunately was insured.[8] By December 1933, the hotel had been rebuilt and is still operating at April 2014 on the corner of Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road and Rotary Park Road.[9][10]

The German school was demolished in 1919.[3] The Alberton State School closed in 1966.[7][11]

Economy[edit]

Prawn farming, Alberton, 2014

Alberton is primarily a rural area with sugar cane plantations and prawn farms.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Alberton (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Alberton (entry 48111)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "History". Alberton Lutheran Parish. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "THE ALBERT RIVER.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 16 November 1865. p. 3. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "LOGAN PIONEERS.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 30 May 1914. p. 17. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Alberton History". Gold Coast City Council. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Agency ID6326, Alberton State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "FIRE AT ALBERTON.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 28 June 1933. p. 4. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Classified Advertising.". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 11 November 1933. p. 5. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Welcome". The Gem Hotel. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Alberton, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 27°42′25″S 153°16′08″E / 27.7069°S 153.2689°E / -27.7069; 153.2689