Cameron Corner, Queensland

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Cameron Corner
Bulloo ShireQueensland
Cameron Corner.jpg
Cameron Corner, 2001
Cameron Corner is located in Queensland
Cameron Corner
Cameron Corner
Coordinates28°30′55″S 141°31′45″E / 28.5154°S 141.5292°E / -28.5154; 141.5292 (Cameron Corner (centre of locality))Coordinates: 28°30′55″S 141°31′45″E / 28.5154°S 141.5292°E / -28.5154; 141.5292 (Cameron Corner (centre of locality))
Population5 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.00034/km2 (0.00089/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4492
Area14,554.8 km2 (5,619.6 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Bulloo Shire
CountyCarruthers
State electorate(s)Warrego
Federal division(s)Maranoa
Suburbs around Cameron Corner:
Innamincka (SA) Durham Noccundra
Bollards Lagoon (SA) Cameron Corner Bulloo Downs
Bollards Lagoon (SA) Tibooburra (NSW) Tibooburra (NSW)

Cameron Corner is a rural locality in the Shire of Bulloo, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Cameron Corner had a population of 5 people.[1]

On 17 April 2020 the Queensland Government reorganised the nine localities in the Shire of Bulloo, resulting in six localities. It included Cameron Corner gaining a small portion of land from the west of the locality of Bulloo Downs.[3][4][5] It increased the area of the locality from 12,866.0 square kilometres (4,967.6 sq mi) to 14,554.8 square kilometres (5,619.6 sq mi).[6]

Geography[edit]

Cameron Corner is located about 1,400 kilometres (870 mi) west-southwest of Brisbane, Queensland and is the point in the outback of eastern Australia where the boundary lines of the states of Queensland, South Australia, and New South Wales meet (the area immediately to the north and east of the intersection of the state boundaries). The noted Dingo Fence passes through Cameron Corner along the New South Wales border.

History[edit]

AUS map with named state corners

This general area, which includes Sturt Stony Desert in the Lake Eyre Basin, was first explored by Captain Charles Sturt, who in 1844 went in search of a supposed inland sea in the centre of Australia.

The corner and locality are named for the surveyor, John Brewer Cameron, from the New South Wales Lands Department, who spent two years during 1880–1882 marking the border between New South Wales and Queensland.[2] Cameron erected a post there in September 1880 to mark its intersection with the border of South Australia. He placed a wooden marker every 1 mile (1.6 km) eastwards along the interstate boundary.

In the 2016 census, Cameron Corner had a population of 5 people.[1]

On 17 April 2020 the Queensland Government reorganised the nine localities in the Shire of Bulloo, resulting in six localities. It included Cameron Corner gaining a small portion of land from the west of the locality of Bulloo Downs.[3][4][5] It increased the area of the locality from 12,866.0 square kilometres (4,967.6 sq mi) to 14,554.8 square kilometres (5,619.6 sq mi).[6]

Heritage listings[edit]

Cameron Corner Marker: Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia

Cameron Corner Survey Marker which marks the corner is a heritage-listed site, being listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2012.[7]

Dingo Fence[edit]

Dingo Fence on the 29th parallel of latitude. Sturt National Park (right of fence) – looking east from Cameron Corner after a heavy rainfall

The 2,500 km (1,553 mi) section of the Dingo Fence in Queensland is also known as the Great Barrier Fence or Wild Dog Barrier Fence 11. It is administered by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. The Wild Dog Barrier Fence staff consists of 23 employees, including two-person teams that patrol a 300 km (186 mi) section of the fence once every week. There are depots at Quilpie and Roma.[8]

The Queensland Border Fence stretches for 394 km (245 mi) westwards along the border with New South Wales, into the Strzelecki Desert. The fence passes the point where the three states of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia meet (Cameron Corner). At this point, it connects with the South Australian Border Fence, which runs for 257 km (160 mi) southwards along the border with New South Wales.[9] It then joins a section known as the Dog Fence in South Australia, which is 2,225 km (1,383 mi) long.[10]

Events[edit]

Cameron Corner in the intersection of Australian time zones during daylight-saving

New Year's Eve is celebrated three times each year in Cameron Corner (also in Poeppel Corner and Surveyor Generals Corner), because the three states that meet at the corner are in three time zones.

Facilities[edit]

The Cameron Corner Store was established in 1990 by a Vietnam War veteran, Sandy Nall, and his wife Cathrine.[11] As of 2014, the store was operated by the sole permanent residents of Cameron Corner, Fenn and Cheryl Miller.[11] The store reportedly has a Queensland liquor licence, a New South Wales postal code and a South Australian telephone number.[12]

The locality also features a desert golf course.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cameron Corner (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Cameron Corner – locality in Shire of Bulloo (entry 42943)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Job number 19-068: Bullawarra, Bulloo Downs, Cameron Corner, Dynevor, Noccundra, Nockatunga, Norley, Thargomindah". Recent place name decisions. Queensland Government. 17 April 2020. Archived from the original on 23 April 2020. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Proposed Locality names and boundaries for the Shire of Bulloo" (PDF) (Map). Queensland Government. 22 November 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 April 2020. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Locality names and boundaries for the Shire of Bulloo" (PDF) (Map). Queensland Government. 17 April 2020. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 April 2020. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Cameron Corner (entry 602806)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  8. ^ Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines (29 September 2005). "History of barrier fences in Queensland" (PDF). Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  9. ^ "Wild Dog Destruction Act 1921 – Sect 3 (updated)". New South Wales Consolidated Acts. Australasian Legal Information Institute. 6 July 2009. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  10. ^ Downward, R.J.; Bromell, J.E. (March 1990). "The development of a policy for the management of dingo populations in South Australia". Proceedings of the Fourteenth Vertebrate Pest Conference 1990. University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  11. ^ a b Cherie von Hörchner (11 April 2014). "It's not so lonely in the corner". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  12. ^ Cameron Corner, Qweekend (The Courier Mail), 3–4 December 2005.
  13. ^ ABC staff (2 February 2007). "Remote golf course sees first ever grass". ABC online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 29 September 2012.

External links[edit]

Media related to Cameron Corner, Australia at Wikimedia Commons

Corners in Australia
Name Surveyor Generals Poeppel Haddon Cameron MacCabe
States WA/NT/SA NT/SA/Qld SA/Qld SA/Qld/NSW SA/Vic/NSW