Georgetown, Queensland

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Georgetown
Queensland
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Georgetown is located in Queensland
Georgetown
Georgetown
Coordinates 18°18′S 143°33′E / 18.300°S 143.550°E / -18.300; 143.550Coordinates: 18°18′S 143°33′E / 18.300°S 143.550°E / -18.300; 143.550
Population 254 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 4871
Elevation 292 m (958 ft)[2]
LGA(s) Shire of Etheridge
State electorate(s) Mount Isa
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
32.6 °C
91 °F
18.4 °C
65 °F
817.7 mm
32.2 in

Georgetown is a town on the Etheridge River in Far North Queensland, Australia. The Gulf Developmental Road passes through the town, linking Cairns - 412 kilometres (256 mi) to the east - and Normanton - 301 kilometres (187 mi) to the west. Georgetown is the administrative headquarters of the Shire of Etheridge, a local government area encompassing the nearby settlements of Mount Surprise, Forsayth and Einasleigh. At the 2006 census, Georgetown had a population of 254.[1]

The Etheridge River was the site of a gold rush in the 1870s; the town of Georgetown was established on the site of the diggings. Originally known by the name Etheridge, the town's name was changed in 1871 to honour an early gold commissioner, Howard St George.[3] Georgetown Post Office opened on 15 January 1872.[4] By 1900 grazing had replaced gold mining as the region's primary source of income.

Georgetown is one of the real locations mentioned several times in the novel "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil Shute.

Heritage listings[edit]

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

Facilities[edit]

Georgetown has a public library, racecourse, swimming pool and a tourist information centre and camping/caravan park.[8]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Georgetown
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 43.5
(110.3)
41.0
(105.8)
39.2
(102.6)
38.3
(100.9)
36.8
(98.2)
34.8
(94.6)
35.4
(95.7)
37.0
(98.6)
39.5
(103.1)
42.6
(108.7)
43.3
(109.9)
43.5
(110.3)
43.5
(110.3)
Average high °C (°F) 34.4
(93.9)
33.5
(92.3)
33.4
(92.1)
32.5
(90.5)
30.4
(86.7)
28.2
(82.8)
28.2
(82.8)
30.0
(86)
33.0
(91.4)
35.8
(96.4)
36.6
(97.9)
36.1
(97)
32.7
(90.9)
Average low °C (°F) 22.9
(73.2)
22.7
(72.9)
21.5
(70.7)
19.4
(66.9)
16.1
(61)
13.1
(55.6)
12.0
(53.6)
13.1
(55.6)
16.2
(61.2)
19.7
(67.5)
21.7
(71.1)
22.8
(73)
18.4
(65.1)
Record low °C (°F) 10.6
(51.1)
15.1
(59.2)
11.1
(52)
5.0
(41)
2.2
(36)
−0.6
(30.9)
−3.0
(26.6)
−1.1
(30)
2.2
(36)
6.7
(44.1)
8.9
(48)
11.1
(52)
−3.0
(26.6)
Precipitation mm (inches) 224.9
(8.854)
212.9
(8.382)
123.1
(4.846)
28.8
(1.134)
9.3
(0.366)
10.4
(0.409)
6.7
(0.264)
4.3
(0.169)
6.4
(0.252)
16.7
(0.657)
50.7
(1.996)
127.8
(5.031)
822
(32.36)
Avg. precipitation days 13.7 12.9 8.3 2.7 1.2 1.2 0.8 0.4 0.7 2.0 5.3 9.5 58.7
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Georgetown (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  2. ^ Bureau of Meteorology
  3. ^ "Georgetown". Place Name Details. Queensland Government. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ortona Mine and Battery (entry 16593)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Aspasia Mine and Battery (entry 17051)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  7. ^ "Antbed House (entry 16389)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  8. ^ "Georgetown". Centre for the Government of Queensland. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Climate statistics for Georgetown". Bureau of Meteorology. 

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