Clock at Rotary park, Ingham, NQ.
|Elevation||11.8 m (39 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Hinchinbrook|
Ingham is a town in the Great Green Way region of North Queensland, Australia. The town was founded in 1864, gazetted a shire in 1879, and is the service centre for many sugarcane plantations, pioneered in the 1870s by William Ingham, for whom the town is named. It is the administrative centre for the Shire of Hinchinbrook.
Ingham is approximately 110 kilometres (68 mi) north of Townsville and 1,437 kilometres (893 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane.
Ingham is known mainly for sugar cane farming. Victoria Sugar Mill, the largest sugar mill in Australia and one of the largest in the southern hemisphere, owned by CSR Limited, is located close to the town. Much of the cane is transported to the mills by light tramlines.
Other industries in the Ingham area include cattle, farming, fishing, timber and tourism.
CSR no longer owns the Sugar Mills in Ingham because they sold them to Sucrogen, an offshore based company.
The Australian-Italian Festival is held in Ingham in May each year and is one of the most popular events in the region, with thousands of people attending the event. The festival celebrates Ingham's cultural background, dating from the 1890s when the first Italian immigrants came to the region. More than half the population of the town are of Italian descent. The town is known as "Little Italy".
The annual festival, held at the Ingham Showgrounds, began as an idea from a community workshop. Many Italians visit from Italy to celebrate the event, reinforcing the cultural ties between the inhabitants of Ingham and Italy.
Ingham has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Old Bruce Highway: Gairloch Bridge
- 5 Lynch Street: 5 Lynch Street
- 35-39 Palm Terrace: Ingham Court House
Notable individuals born in Ingham include Tracey Curro (journalist), Greg Dowling (rugby league), Sam Backo (rugby league), Laurie Spina (rugby league), Nick Euclid (rugby league), Arthur Fadden (13th Prime Minister of Australia), Francis Patrick Donovan (Ambassador) and Keith Payne (Victoria Cross recipient).
|Climate data for Ingham|
|Average high °C (°F)||32.3
|Average low °C (°F)||22.9
|Precipitation mm (inches)||388.6
Following the devastation caused by cyclone Yasi in Far North Queensland in February 2011, Ingham is one of a number of towns where a cyclone shelter was built. The Ingham cyclone shelter is capable of withstanding winds of more than 300 kilometres per hour, as experienced in a category five cyclone. The building serves as a multi-purpose sports facility for the Ingham State High School while in a cyclone it provides shelter for up to 800 people. The shelter was opened by Premier Campbell Newman in January 2013.
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- "Historical Towns Directory: Ingham". Heritage Australia Publishing. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- The Tramways of the Ingham District Verhoeven, G Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, June, 1971 pp122-131
- Australian Italian Festival Ingham. Retrieved on 17 May 2012.
- "Gairloch Bridge (entry 3944)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
- "5 Lynch Street (entry 17014)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
- "Ingham Court House (entry 3847)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
- "Climate statistics for Ingham". Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
- "World class cyclone shelter for Ingham". Department of the Premier and Cabinet (Queensland Government). January 16, 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
- University of Queensland: Queensland Places: Ingham
- Ingham region - Great Green Way
- Hinchinbrook Shire Council
- Hinchinbrook Shire Libraries
- Australian-Italian Festival