Gold Coast, Queensland
Mudgeeraba Creek, 2016
|Area||21.3 km2 (8.2 sq mi)|
|LGA(s)||City of Gold Coast|
Austinville is located in a valley through which flows Mudgeeraba Creek and the rugged Nimmel Range looms in the distance. Significant rainforest exists in the area. Areas in the south are protected within Springbrook National Park.
Austinville settlement was established as a banana plantation in 1934, making it one of the Gold Coast's oldest suburbs. It was started as an attempt to resettle unemployed people on the land following the Great Depression, and therefore lift the economy. It was named after Under-Secretary for Labour at the time, William Henry Austin, who encouraged the building of many of these plantations throughout the state. Land was cleared and divided into blocks and 50 or so small homes were built too. Mudgeeraba Creek flowed behind the homes along the valley floor, and the rugged Nimmel Range bordered on the settlement's western side. The settlement was very short lived. By 1939, within just 5 years, most families had left the area. Rainforest has crept back into much of the once banana farming valley, and the area remains dwarfed by the surrounding conservation area.
Austinville State School opened on 25 June 1934 and closed on 9 June 1939.
At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 361.
- "Austinville - locality in Gold Coast City (entry 46026)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
- "Austinville". Gold Coast Stories. City of Gold Coast. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
- Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Austinville (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
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- "Gold Coast Inner Hinterland". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. — includes Austinville
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