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Joseph Kipling's rice mill in Freshwater, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, circa 1890
|Population||1,976 (2006 census)|
|LGA(s)||Cairns Regional Council|
|State electorate(s)||Barron River|
Freshwater is a suburb of Cairns, Queensland in Australia. The suburb once belonged to the Shire of Mulgrave but was amalgamated into the City of Cairns. At the 2006 census, Freshwater had a population of 1,976.
The European history of Freshwater is a long one dating back to 1877. Chinese market gardeners moved into the area, after exhausting their chances on the Hodgkinson Goldfields, leased small plots from the landowners, successfully growing rice, bananas, pineapples and other tropical crops. Freshwater Post Office opened by April 1925 (a receiving office, earlier named Stratford, had been open from 1897).
The Kuranda Scenic Railway has a stop in the suburb.
- Bunny Adair, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly and publican at the Freshwater Hotel
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Freshwater (Cairns City) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- Benfer, John; Benfer, Val (1995), A history of Freshwater, The author, retrieved 3 February 2014
- "Enterprise in Cairns.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1884 - 1893) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 18 May 1892. p. 3. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
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