Belgian Gardens, Queensland
Flooding in Belgian Gardens during Cyclone Yasi, 2011
|LGA(s)||City of Townsville|
Belgian Gardens is located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the central business district in Townsville. It is a suburban area and has restricted zoning laws to reduce the amount of corporate buildings and apartments. It is adjacent to Rowes Bay and many kilometres of beach front parkland.
Before the advent of World War I, the suburb was named German Gardens after a vineyard owned in 1867 by German settler, Heinrich Fredrich Alfred Robinson. However, during the course of the war, the suburb was renamed to Belgian Gardens.
Townsville North State School was opened on 4 July 1887. On 20 June 1930, the school was renamed Belgian Gardens State School. During the influenza epidemic in 1919, schools were closed and Belgian Gardens school was converted into an isolation hospital with the army erecting tents in the grounds; 195 patients were hospitalised at the school with 6 deaths. In 1954, 246 students were enrolled.
Belgian Gardens is home to the Belgian Gardens State School.
The Belgian Gardens Cemetery were once in the suburb but boundary changes means the cemetery is now in the neighbouring suburb of Rowes Bay.
Belgian Gardens has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Belgian Gardens". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- "Belgian Gardens (entry 44570)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- "Biography of Ruby Mary Mclean". rootsweb.com. October 2006. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
- "Agency ID4834, Belgian Gardens State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- Fielding, Trisha. "Belgian Gardens School & the 1919 Influenza epidemic". North Queensland History: Discover the rich history of our region. Blogger. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- "Bishop's Lodge (entry 15658)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
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