Atherton, Queensland

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Atherton
Queensland
Mainstathertondm.jpg
The main street of Atherton
Atherton is located in Queensland
Atherton
Atherton
Coordinates 17°15′45″S 145°28′37″E / 17.26250°S 145.47694°E / -17.26250; 145.47694Coordinates: 17°15′45″S 145°28′37″E / 17.26250°S 145.47694°E / -17.26250; 145.47694
Population 7,068 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 4883
Elevation 752 m (2,467 ft)
LGA(s) Tablelands Regional Council
State electorate(s) Dalrymple
Federal Division(s) Division of Kennedy
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.6 °C
78 °F
15.3 °C
60 °F
1,387 mm
54.6 in

Atherton is a town on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia.[2] At the 2006 census, Atherton had a population of 7,068.[1]

History[edit]

The town was named after John Atherton, a pioneer pastoralist who settled at Mareeba (then known as Emerald End) in 1875. The area was formerly known Priors Pocket or Priors Creek.[2]

Atherton Post Office opened by 1903 (a receiving office had been open since 1889).[3]

Atherton War Memorial in the main street, 1928

The Atherton War Memorial commemorates local residents who died in World War 1. It was dedicated on 1 May 1924 by the Tinaroo Shire chairman, Frederick Grau. It is the only war memorial in Queensland of a digger in an animated pose.[4][5]

Heritage listings[edit]

Atherton has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Climate[edit]

Atherton has a humid subtropical climate that differs from the surrounding tropical savannah climate due to the town's elevation high on the Atherton Plateau. Temperature extremes have ranged from 36.7 °C (98.1 °F) to -0.6 °C (30.9 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,379.8 mm (54.3 in)


Climate data for Atherton (1992-2009)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 36.0
(96.8)
33.5
(92.3)
32.6
(90.7)
31.1
(88)
29.0
(84.2)
30.0
(86)
30.3
(86.5)
30.0
(86)
34.9
(94.8)
36.7
(98.1)
36.6
(97.9)
36.4
(97.5)
36.7
(98.1)
Average high °C (°F) 28.4
(83.1)
27.8
(82)
26.4
(79.5)
25.0
(77)
23.4
(74.1)
21.5
(70.7)
21.4
(70.5)
22.4
(72.3)
25.6
(78.1)
27.5
(81.5)
28.7
(83.7)
29.0
(84.2)
25.6
(78.1)
Average low °C (°F) 18.8
(65.8)
19.3
(66.7)
18.3
(64.9)
16.7
(62.1)
14.0
(57.2)
12.8
(55)
10.2
(50.4)
11.1
(52)
12.6
(54.7)
15.2
(59.4)
16.7
(62.1)
18.3
(64.9)
15.3
(59.5)
Record low °C (°F) 8.2
(46.8)
13.8
(56.8)
11.0
(51.8)
8.4
(47.1)
3.0
(37.4)
−0.6
(30.9)
−0.5
(31.1)
1.7
(35.1)
3.0
(37.4)
6.0
(42.8)
7.9
(46.2)
8.0
(46.4)
−0.6
(30.9)
Rainfall mm (inches) 235.5
(9.272)
347.7
(13.689)
224.7
(8.846)
118.7
(4.673)
59.6
(2.346)
42.0
(1.654)
40.0
(1.575)
34.5
(1.358)
19.2
(0.756)
35.2
(1.386)
72.0
(2.835)
150.7
(5.933)
1,379.8
(54.323)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2mm) 19.8 20.6 17.4 20.8 16.6 16.1 12.5 11.9 8.3 9.4 11.0 15.5 179.9
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[13]

Roads[edit]

Atherton is joined by the Gillies Highway to Yungaburra, the Kennedy Highway north to Mareeba and south to Ravenshoe and Mount Garnet, the Malanda Road to Malanda and the Herberton Road to Herberton.

Public transport[edit]

  • Trans North offers a number of return services during a seven day week between Atherton, Tolga, Walkamin, Mareeba, Kuranda, and Cairns including drop-offs to airport, railway station, hospitals and bus depots. There are connections available between Ravenshoe and Herberton and along the Wheelbarrow Way to Chillagoe.
  • There is an Atherton taxi service.

Economy[edit]

The land around Atherton is used to grow a variety of crops, including sugar cane, peanuts, mangoes, maize (corn), potatoes, avocados and macadamia nuts. Dairy and beef cattle are also reared in the area.

Culture[edit]

Each year towards the end of August, Atherton celebrates the Maize festival, which features a parade with decorated floats, the Maize Queen pageant, children's amusement rides and activities including tug of war and wood chopping. There are also shop window displays and artwork competitions, as well as a prize given to the best float.

Education[edit]

Atherton has two primary schools, one secondary school, one independent Prep - Grade 12 school and a TAFE campus. There are also two day care centres in the town.

Health[edit]

Atherton Hospital is in the Tablelands Health District. It hospital provides obstetric, medical, surgical, operating theatre, accident and emergency services.

Notable people from Atherton[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Atherton (Atherton Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Atherton (entry 951)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Atherton War Memor[?].". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 8 May 1924. p. 4. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Atherton War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chinatown (entry 14786)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  7. ^ "Hou Wang Miau (entry 14785)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  8. ^ "Atherton War Memorial (entry 14787)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  9. ^ "Atherton War Cemetery (entry 28859)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  10. ^ "Principal's Residence (former) (entry 14788)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  11. ^ "Barron Valley Hotel (entry 16522)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  12. ^ "Merriland Hall (entry 16752)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  13. ^ "Atherton". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 

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