Helidon, Queensland

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Helidon
Queensland
Helidon.jpg
Helidon, Queensland
Helidon is located in Queensland
Helidon
Helidon
Coordinates 27°33′02″S 152°07′32″E / 27.55056°S 152.12556°E / -27.55056; 152.12556Coordinates: 27°33′02″S 152°07′32″E / 27.55056°S 152.12556°E / -27.55056; 152.12556
Population 1,053 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4344
Location
LGA(s) Lockyer Valley Region
County Cavendish
Parish Helidon
State electorate(s) Lockyer
Federal Division(s) Blair
Localities around Helidon:
Upper Lockyer White Mountain
Seventeen Mile
Seventeen Mile
Lockyer
Helidon Spa
Helidon Grantham
Iredale Iredale
Carpendale
Carpendale

Helidon is a town in the Lockyer Valley region of southeast Queensland, Australia. Helidon is located on the Warrego Highway, 106 kilometres (66 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane, and 21 kilometres (13 mi) east of Toowoomba. The town had a population of 1,053 at the 2011 census.[1]

Helidon is known in Queensland for its high quality sandstone, used extensively in private and public buildings in the state and elsewhere, including Brisbane City Hall, and sought after internationally for its quality, especially in China.[2] Helidon is also the location of a natural mineral spring[3] whose products were sold by the Helidon Spa Water Company.

Geography[edit]

The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will join the Warrego Highway at Helidon and is expected to open in 2018.[4] Parts of the hilly, undeveloped north of Helidon have been protected within Lockyer National Park.

History[edit]

The Country Women's Association Rest Room opened in 1957 (Photo taken in 2009)

Helidon Post Office opened on 1 August 1866.[5]

Richard Kettle (born in Whissendine, England in 1838), together with his family, were amongst the early pioneering farming families to establish Helidon.

Flooding[edit]

On 10 January 2011, Helidon was hit by a wall of flood water which had previously struck Toowoomba, part of the 2010–2011 Queensland floods.[6] Few houses were affected directly; those that were inundated sat directly on the creek bank, lower than the rest of the town. The main creek bank did not break, and the town was used as an evacuation centre for nearby Grantham.[7]

Heritage listings[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Helidon (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Morley, Peter (12 May 2008). "Helidon sandstone helps build China by the block". Courier-Mail. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Places to Visit:Helidon". queenslandholidays.com.au, Retrieved 12 January 2011
  4. ^ Queensland Treasury and Trade (28 January 2014 Projects Queensland). "Toowoomba Second Range Crossing - Project Fact Sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 5 November 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Kerin, Lindy "Wall of water hits Helidon". ABC Radio, AM. 11 January 2011, Retrieved 12 January 2011
  7. ^ Amber Jamieson (11 January 2011), ‘Situation continues to deteriorate’: QLD floods 
  8. ^ "Bank of New South Wales premises and attached residence (former) (entry 15287)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Helidon, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons