Home Hill, Queensland
View of Home Hill's main street, along the Bruce Highway
|Population||2,907 (2006 census)|
|LGA(s)||Burdekin Shire Council|
Home Hill, Queensland is a town in the Burdekin Shire, Queensland, Australia at the delta of the Burdekin River. It is a sugarcane growing area with underground water supplies to irrigate crops. At the 2006 census, Home Hill had a population of 2,907.
Home Hill lies approximately 98 kilometres (61 mi) south of Townsville and 1,269 kilometres (789 mi) north of the state capital Brisbane on the Bruce Highway. It is a part of the Burdekin Region which includes the neighbouring town of Ayr. Both towns are governed by the Burdekin Shire Council.
The main attractions in Home Hill are the Burdekin bridge, Inkerman Sugar Mill and Ashworth's Rock Shop. In the past few years it has become increasingly popular for backpackers, who flock to the area to earn money planting and harvesting crops.
Home Hill was originally part of the Inkerman Downs Cattle Station.
The cattle station was converted to sugar cane in 1911 and the town developed quite quickly after the establishment of the Inkerman sugar mill in 1914. This inevitably attracted workers and sugar cane farmers to the area and a small centre grew up to provide the necessary goods and services.
The town was originally going to be named Holme Hill after a battle in the Crimean War. However, the signwriter wasn't given a written spelling of the name and made an error when creating the sign that inevitably read "Welcome to Home Hill". There is an alternative version of this story which says that the town was named after a certain Colonel Holme who had distinguished himself in the Crimean War. Either way, the signwriter made the mistake. Another mystery about the town name - the town is not built on a hill. It is on a fairly flat river delta. The nearest hill is about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away.
Home Hill has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Anne Geddes, photographer
- Gordon Hookey, artist
- Rosemary Menkens, politician
- Josh Santacaterina, swimmer
- Craig Wallace, politician
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Home Hill (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
- "Home Hill (entry 16048)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- "Home Hill Powerhouse (entry 16911)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
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