Alberton, Queensland

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Alberton
Gold CoastQueensland
StateLibQld 2 253588 View of the Alberton Sugar Mill, 1922.jpg
Alberton Sugar Mill, 1922
Population576 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density33.88/km2 (87.8/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4207
Area17.0 km2 (6.6 sq mi)
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)Coomera
Federal Division(s)Forde
Suburbs around Alberton:
Eagleby Carbrook Carbrook
Eagleby Alberton Woongoolba
Stapylton Stapylton Woongoolba

Alberton is a locality in the City of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.[2] According to the 2011 census it had a population of 576.[1] It is bounded in the north by the Logan River and in the west by its tributary, the Albert River.

History[edit]

The Aboriginal name for the area was Wobbomerijee (where Wobum means mud and Mudtheri means sticky).[2]

Alberton State School and students, circa 1892

European settlement began in 1863 when the first settlers arrived, mostly German immigrants.[3] A town reserve was established in 1865 on the southern bank near the junction of the Logan and Albert Rivers.[4]

The Ageston sugar plantation and sugar mill operated from 1866 to the 1890s and was described as "one of the finest plants in the Moreton district" in 1873.[5]

In 1869, the first Lutheran church was established near the Lutheran cemetery on Zipfs Road. The area was known as Elkana (meaning "God has created and blessed").[3][6] Later the area was called Alberton after Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria, but the name Elkana is preserved in Elkana Road.[7]

St Peter's Lutheran Church, Alberton, 2014

In 1870, a ferry service across the river was introduced with the first bridge being built in 1876 at Yatala.[3] A German school was established early in the 1870s beside the church. The Alberton Provisional School opened on 13 May 1876 with children attending German school on only one day a week. On 13 October 1884 the provisional school became the Alberton State School.[3][8] In 1886, a new larger Lutheran church (the present St Peter's at 187 Alberton Road) was built. It was consecrated in 1887 by Rev Hellmuth.[3]

In October 1886, a well-known property on the Albert River owned by W. K. Witty called "Yellowwood Estate" was advertised for subdivision into suitable sized farms and then auctioned by Simon Fraser & Son.[9] A map advertising the auction states that 40 choice farms were available and the auction was to be held on Saturday 27 November at the Palm’s Hotel, Beenleigh.[10]

The Gem Hotel, 2014

The Gem Hotel was established prior to 1911,[7] but it was destroyed by fire on 27 June 1933 but was insured.[11] By December 1933, the hotel had been rebuilt and was still operating in April 2014 on the corner of Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road and Rotary Park Road.[12][13]

The German school was demolished in 1919.[3] The Alberton State School closed in 1966.[8][14]

In the 1950s, a very notable Bora ceremonial site on the Logan river was destroyed, and replaced with a pineapple plantation owned by a Mr. Inklemann. The site bore the characteristics of the classic twin circles, with a north-south orientation, the large northern ring measuring 70-80 feet in diameter, while the smaller ring lay some 100 feet to its south. In the middle of the latter was a native stone hut, consisting of several stone slabs supporting a stone roof, not unlike the dolmen structures of prehistoric Europe.[15]

In September 2012, an archaeological dig was undertaken on the former Ageston sugar plantation, revealing stone and steel structures, a Cornish boiler and evaporating pans.[5]

Economy[edit]

Prawn farming, Alberton, 2014

Alberton is primarily a rural area with sugar cane plantations and prawn farms.[7]

Amenities[edit]

The Gold Coast City Council operates a fortnightly mobile library service which visits St Peters Hall in Alberton Road.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Alberton (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 January 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Alberton (entry 48111)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "History". Alberton Lutheran Parish. Archived from the original on 24 January 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  4. ^ "THE ALBERT RIVER". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 16 November 1865. p. 3. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Ageston Plantation Dig 2012". Gold Coast City Council. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  6. ^ "LOGAN PIONEERS". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 30 May 1914. p. 17. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Alberton History". City of Gold Coast Council. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Agency ID6326, Alberton State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Advertising". Logan Witness. IX (445). Queensland, Australia. 30 October 1886. p. 2. Retrieved 29 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Yellow Wood Estate Albert River". 29 May 2019.
  11. ^ "FIRE AT ALBERTON". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 28 June 1933. p. 4. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Classified Advertising". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 11 November 1933. p. 5. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Welcome". The Gem Hotel. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  15. ^ Ponosov 1974, pp. 2,69-70.
  16. ^ "Mobile Library 2018 timetable" (PDF). Gold Coast City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to Alberton, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 27°42′25″S 153°16′08″E / 27.7069°S 153.2689°E / -27.7069; 153.2689