Atherton, Queensland

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Atherton
Queensland
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The main street of Atherton
Atherton is located in Queensland
Atherton
Atherton
Coordinates 17°15′45″S 145°28′37″E / 17.26250°S 145.47694°E / -17.26250; 145.47694Coordinates: 17°15′45″S 145°28′37″E / 17.26250°S 145.47694°E / -17.26250; 145.47694
Population 7,331 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4883
Elevation 752 m (2,467 ft)
LGA(s) Tablelands Region
State electorate(s) Hill
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.6 °C
78 °F
15.3 °C
60 °F
1,387 mm
54.6 in
Localities around Atherton:
Watsonville Tolga Kairi
Watsonville Atherton East Barron
Carrington Wongabel East Barron

Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia.[2][3] At the 2011 census, Atherton had a population of 7,287.[1]

History[edit]

The town was named after John Atherton, a pioneer pastoralist who settled at Mareeba (then known as Emerald End) in 1875. The area was formerly known as Priors Pocket or Priors Creek.[2]

Atherton Pioneer Cemetery opened in 1897 and closed in 1927 when the Rockley Road Cemetery was opened.[4]

Atherton Post Office opened by 1903 (a receiving office had been open since 1889).[5]

Atherton War Memorial in the main street, 1928

The Atherton War Memorial commemorates local residents who died in World War I. It was dedicated on 1 May 1924 by the Tinaroo Shire chairman, Frederick Grau. It is the only war memorial in Queensland of a digger in an animated pose.[6][7]

The Atherton Courthouse was used as a wartime hospital for officers during World War II and has air raid bunkers beneath the building.[8]

The Atherton Public Library was opened in 1978.[9]

Heritage listings[edit]

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

Climate[edit]

Atherton has a humid subtropical climate that differs from the surrounding tropical savannah climate due to the town's elevation high on the Atherton Plateau. Temperature extremes have ranged from 36.7 °C (98.1 °F) to –0.6 °C (30.9 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,379.8 mm (54.3 in)

Climate data for Atherton (1992-2009)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 36.0
(96.8)
33.5
(92.3)
32.6
(90.7)
31.1
(88)
29.0
(84.2)
30.0
(86)
30.3
(86.5)
30.0
(86)
34.9
(94.8)
36.7
(98.1)
36.6
(97.9)
36.4
(97.5)
36.7
(98.1)
Average high °C (°F) 28.4
(83.1)
27.8
(82)
26.4
(79.5)
25.0
(77)
23.4
(74.1)
21.5
(70.7)
21.4
(70.5)
22.4
(72.3)
25.6
(78.1)
27.5
(81.5)
28.7
(83.7)
29.0
(84.2)
25.6
(78.1)
Average low °C (°F) 18.8
(65.8)
19.3
(66.7)
18.3
(64.9)
16.7
(62.1)
14.0
(57.2)
12.8
(55)
10.2
(50.4)
11.1
(52)
12.6
(54.7)
15.2
(59.4)
16.7
(62.1)
18.3
(64.9)
15.3
(59.5)
Record low °C (°F) 8.2
(46.8)
13.8
(56.8)
11.0
(51.8)
8.4
(47.1)
3.0
(37.4)
−0.6
(30.9)
−0.5
(31.1)
1.7
(35.1)
3.0
(37.4)
6.0
(42.8)
7.9
(46.2)
8.0
(46.4)
−0.6
(30.9)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 235.5
(9.272)
347.7
(13.689)
224.7
(8.846)
118.7
(4.673)
59.6
(2.346)
42.0
(1.654)
40.0
(1.575)
34.5
(1.358)
19.2
(0.756)
35.2
(1.386)
72.0
(2.835)
150.7
(5.933)
1,379.8
(54.323)
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2mm) 19.8 20.6 17.4 20.8 16.6 16.1 12.5 11.9 8.3 9.4 11.0 15.5 179.9
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[18]

Transport[edit]

Atherton streets in 2006

Atherton is joined by the Gillies Highway to Yungaburra, the Kennedy Highway north to Mareeba and south to Ravenshoe and Mount Garnet, the Malanda Road to Malanda and the Herberton Road to Herberton.

Trans North offers a number of return services during a seven-day week between Atherton, Tolga, Walkamin, Mareeba, Kuranda, and Cairns including drop-offs to airport, railway station, hospitals and bus depots. There are connections available between Ravenshoe and Herberton and along the Wheelbarrow Way to Chillagoe. There is an Atherton taxi service.

Economy[edit]

The land around Atherton is used to grow a variety of crops, including sugar cane, peanuts, mangoes, maize (corn), potatoes, avocados and macadamia nuts. Dairy and beef cattle are also reared in the area.

Culture[edit]

Each year towards the end of August, Atherton celebrates the Maize festival, which features a parade with decorated floats, the Maize Queen pageant, children's amusement rides and activities including tug of war and wood chopping. There are also shop window displays and artwork competitions, as well as a prize given to the best float.

The annual Atherton Agricultural Show is held in the second week of July at Atherton Show grounds including Heritage Listed Merriland Hall.

The Atherton Roosters field teams in the Cairns District Rugby League.

Education[edit]

Atherton has two primary schools, one secondary school, one independent Prep - Grade 12 school and a technical and further education (TAFE) campus. There are also two day care centres in the town.

Atherton's schools and other places of education include:

Atherton State School opened on 2 March 1891 and celebrated its centenary in 1984.[20][21]

Facilities[edit]

The Tablelands Regional Council operates the Atherton Library on 16 Robert Street, Atherton.[22] The library facility opened in 1978, with a major refurbishment in 2012.[23]

Health[edit]

Atherton Hospital is in the Tablelands Health District. It hospital provides obstetric, medical, surgical, operating theatre, accident and emergency services.[24]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Atherton (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 February 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Atherton - town (entry 951)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Atherton - locality (entry 48501)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Cemetery 506 - Atherton Pioneer". Australian Cemeteries Index. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Archived from the original on 15 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Atherton War Memor[?]". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954). Qld.: National Library of Australia. 8 May 1924. p. 4. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Atherton War Memorial". Monument Australia. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Explore 150 years of Queensland courthouse history" (PDF). Queensland Government. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2 October 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
  9. ^ "Queensland Public Libraries Stat Bulletin 2016-2017" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. November 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Chinatown (entry 600011)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Hou Wang Miau (entry 600010)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Atherton War Memorial (entry 600012)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Atherton War Cemetery (entry 602765)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Head Teacher's Residence, Atherton State School (former) (entry 600013)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Barron Valley Hotel (entry 602587)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Merriland Hall (entry 602016)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Atherton Performing Arts Theatre (WWII Igloo) (entry 650001)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Atherton". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. March 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  19. ^ "About us" Archived 18 March 2018 at the Wayback Machine.. The School of Astronomy & Astrophysics Archived 13 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  20. ^ Atherton State School (1984), Atherton State School 1891-1984 : "ringing out the old", Atherton State School, 1984, retrieved 3 February 2018
  21. ^ "Opening and closing dates of schools in Queensland". Education Queensland. 1 August 2013. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  22. ^ "Atherton Library". Public Libraries Connect. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  23. ^ "Queensland Public Library Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. November 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 March 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  24. ^ "Atherton Hospital homepage". Queensland Health. 1 August 2013. Archived from the original on 31 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017.

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