Main street of Esk, the Brisbane Valley Highway
Esk is approximately 90 kilometres (56 mi) northwest of Ipswich on the Brisbane Valley Highway. It was named after the River Esk in Scotland and England. It is the administrative centre of the Somerset Region.
The town of Esk is contained in the Queensland electoral district of Nanango.
The land around Esk was first explored by Captain Patrick Logan in 1830. The town was established to service the short-lived copper mines of Eskdale and Cressbrook Creek. Settlers moved into the region during the 1840s.
In July 1941, a Lutheran church was opened.
Dairying slowed from the 1960s onwards, which has eventually led to the decline of the town's importance as a major rural centre.
Esk has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- off Cressbrook-Caboombah Road: Cressbrook Homestead
- Esk-Kilcoy Road: Caboonbah Homestead
- Ipswich Street: Esk War Memorial and Esk Memorial Park
- Ipswich Street: St Agnes Anglical Church and Rectory
- Ipswich Street: St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Esk
War memorial and memorial park
On 30 November 1920, Dr Graham Butler laid the foundation stone of the Esk War Memorial. The finished memorial was unveiled by General Lachlan Chisholm Wilson on 27 August 1921. The memorial records the names of 462 Shire residents who enlisted during the First World War. It also contains bronze honour rolls bearing the names of 83 local men who died during the war. Four commemorative plaques have subsequently been added to the structure. The war memorial stands in Esk Memorial Park, which also contains a memorial to Captain Logan, who was murdered while exploring the Brisbane Valley in 1830.
The small town serves as a centre for a rich farming area, including an ostrich farm.
Esk State School, a government primary (P-7) school, is located at 49 East Street ( In 2012, there were 168 students in 8 classes, mostly with multi-aged groups. As there is no high school in Esk, students from the Esk State School typically attend Toogoolawah State High School in Toogoolawah, Lockyer District High School in Gatton or Lowood State High School in Lowood or private schools in and around Ipswich.).
The historic Bellevue Homestead is located in the area. Also close by are the peaks Glen Rock and Mount Esk.
Notable persons from Esk
- Douglas Berry (1907–1957), butcher and Liberal MP in the 1950s
- Roderic Dallas (1891–1918), First World War fighter ace
- The Kransky Sisters, a comedy musical trio who claim to be "from Esk, in Queensland" before every show
- Henry Newton (bishop) (1866–1947), Anglican colonial bishop
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Esk (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Esk (town) (entry 44224)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Esk (locality) (entry 45517)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 47. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Agency ID5200, Esk State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
- "LUTHERAN CHURCH.". Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) (Ipswich) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 22 July 1941. p. 2 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
- Earley, David (11 May 2009). "Fire destroys Caboonbah Homestead". couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
- Korner, Andrew (11 January 2011). "Floods hit Esk". The Queensland Times. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
- "Cressbrook Homestead (entry 15278)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Caboonbah Homestead (entry 15912)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Esk War Memorial and Esk Memorial Park (entry 15269)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "St Agnes Rectory and Church (entry 15268)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "St Andrews Presbyterian Church (entry 19527)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "ESK SOLDIERS' MEMORIAL.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 2 December 1920. p. 7. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
- "ESK SHIRE MEMORIAL.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 1 September 1921. p. 10. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
- "Esk War Memorial and Esk Memorial Park (listing QLD600494)". Australia Heritage Places Inventory. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Retrieved 18 September 2009.
- "Esk War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- "Queensland State and Non-State Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Annual Report 2012". Esk State School. Archived from the original on 26 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Esk (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
Media related to Esk, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons
- University of Queensland: Queensland Places: Esk
- Esk Shire Council
- Esk Tourism Association
- "THE TOWN OF ESK.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 13 March 1929. p. 10. Retrieved 9 May 2014. – a detailed description of Esk in 1929