Childers, Queensland

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Childers
Queensland
Childers Main Street.jpg
Childers Main Street
Childers is located in Queensland
Childers
Childers
Coordinates 25°17′S 152°17′E / 25.283°S 152.283°E / -25.283; 152.283Coordinates: 25°17′S 152°17′E / 25.283°S 152.283°E / -25.283; 152.283
Population 1,410 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1885
Postcode(s) 4660
Elevation 109.0 m (358 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Bundaberg Region
State electorate(s) Burnett
Federal Division(s) Hinkler
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
26.9 °C
80 °F
15.4 °C
60 °F
1,056.8 mm
41.6 in
The rebuilt Palace Hotel
Childers local businesses
Federal Hotel

Childers is a town in the Wide Bay-Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, situated on the Bruce Highway and lies 325 kilometres (202 mi) north of the state capital Brisbane and 52 kilometres (32 mi) south-west of Bundaberg. Childers is located within Bundaberg Region local government area. At the 2011 census, Childers had a population of 1,410.[1]

The township is set on a ridge overlooking fields of rich volcanic soil. Childers is renowned for its heritage character and is classified a National Trust town. The historic colonial buildings of the main street (Bruce Highway) are set amongst large, shady leopard trees. The sugar cane industry features prominently in Childers and has sustained the town over the years. Fruit and vegetable cropping is common on the lands around town. Tourism is a growing industry in Childers, with a number of the preserved historic buildings in town becoming tourist attractions.

History[edit]

Europeans first arrived in the area in the 1850s. Pastoralists established properties soon after to raise cattle on the fertile lands. Back then, sugar was (as it is now) the key crop grown in the Isis. The town was established in 1885. The Isis railway line to Childers opened in 1887 and was pivotal in the early development of the area. Childers Post Office opened on 14 November 1887.[2] The town is reportedly named after Hugh Childers, British statesman, who was the Auditor-General of Victoria in the 1850s.[3] The railway line closed in 1964.

Childers has seen a number of serious fires over the years. The 1902 fire destroyed much of the town centre. The town made international headlines in June 2000, when an arsonist set fire to the Palace Backpackers Hostel, claiming the lives of 15 tourists. The Palace Building reopened in 2002, and includes a memorial to those lost in the blaze, a Regional Art Gallery and an Information Centre.

Childers acts as a major economic centre in the Wide Bay-Burnett Region and is undergoing considerable growth.

Childers retains much of its historic significance, although many of the streets were redeveloped under a 'Streetscape' project that continues today.

Historic Picture

Heritage listings[edit]

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

Services[edit]

The Isis Town and Country is the town's local newspaper, available once a week on Thursday. Childers is also served by a monthly community newspaper, the Childers Chit Chat, as well as its own radio station, 88.0FM Red Dirt Radio and commercial radio station Rebel 106.7.

Education in Childers consists of several primary schools, as well as the local high school, Isis District State High School. In addition, the town services the surrounding areas with its small hospital. Childers has its own courthouse. The town has several emergency service faculties including a police station, ambulance station and fire station housing Fire and Rescue Queensland Staff and Queensland Rural Fire Service volunteers. It also hosts a branch of the State Emergency Service and PCYC Emergency Services Cadets program

Childers has many general local services including a branch of Bundaberg Regional Libraries, an art gallery (Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery- BRAG) and Information Centre. Cultural entertainment facilitated through the Childers Cultural Centre- a town hall hired through the Bundaberg Regional Council.

Festivals[edit]

Childers holds a Multicultural Festival once a year on the final weekend in July.[31] The town also hosts an agricultural show; which in the past was held in early August, but is now hosted in late May or early June.

As a celebration of its cultural heritage, Childers also hosts events in October to celebrate the Crush Festival- a region-wide event to mark the end of the sugar-cane crushing season.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Childers (Urban Centre)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Place Name Details" (PHP). Natural Resources and Water (Queensland). 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Childers Post Office (former) (entry 600619)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Childers Court House (entry 600620)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Christ Church, Childers (entry 601994)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Old Butcher's shop complex (entry 600631)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Isis Masonic Lodge (entry 602123)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Isis District War Memorial and Shire Council Chambers (entry 601507)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Queensland National Bank (former) (entry 600610)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Shops and Cafe 54-58 Churchill Street (entry 600612)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Childers RSLA Club (entry 600613)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Hotel Childers (entry 600614)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Chemist 60 Churchill St (entry 600615)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "National Australia Bank (entry 600616)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Ellwood & Co Drapery (former) (entry 600617)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Clock - Pizzey Memorial (entry 600618)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Jeffery's Building (entry 600609)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Childers QATB (former) (entry 600621)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Federal Hotel (entry 600622)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Palace Hotel (entry 600623)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Hardware Store (former) (entry 600624)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Paragon Theatre (entry 601618)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Lloyd's Barber Shop (former) (entry 600625)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "Bakery (entry 600626)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "Kerr's Building (entry 600627)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  27. ^ "Childers Pharmaceutical Museum & Tourist Information Centre (entry 600628)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "Dittmer's Store/Isis Town and Country (entry 600630)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  29. ^ "Shops at 102-108 Churchill St (entry 600629)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  30. ^ "Grand Hotel (entry 600608)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  31. ^ "Childers Festival of Cultures". RACQ. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 

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