The view around the Royal Mail Hotel
|LGA(s)||Shire of Bulloo|
Hungerford is a locality in outback South West Queensland, Australia, immediately north of the border with New South Wales and the Dingo fence. At the 2006 census, Hungerford and the surrounding area had a population of 59. Surrounding the town is the Currawinya National Park.
The town is named after Thomas Hungerford who once camped at the site. The town developed from a border customs post on a stock route alongside the Paroo River. In 1874, the first hotel in the opened and the following year the town was gazetted. For a number of years, before a proper survey was conducted the town was thought to be located in New South Wales.
In 1892-3, Henry Lawson visited the town and wrote a short story named after it. In the story he wrote:
The town is right on the Queensland border, and an inter-provincial rabbit-proof fence -- with rabbits on both sides of it -- runs across the main street. ...
Hungerford consists of two houses and a humpy in New South Wales, and five houses in Queensland. Characteristically enough, both the pubs are in Queensland. We got a glass of sour yeast at one and paid six pence for it -- we had asked for English ale.
Hungerford has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Hungerford (Bulloo Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
- Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2002). Heritage Trails of the Queensland Outback. State of Queensland. p. 114. ISBN 0-7345-1040-3.
- Peter Pierce, ed. (1987). The Oxford Literary Guide to Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. p. page 47.
- "Royal Mail Hotel (entry 3975)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
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