Edmonton, Queensland

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Edmonton
CairnsQueensland
Dypsis decaryi interspecific hybrid at SugarWorld, Edmonton, north Queensland, 2008.jpg
Triangle palms at SugarWorld, Edmonton, 2008
Edmonton is located in Queensland
Edmonton
Edmonton
Coordinates17°01′08″S 145°44′40″E / 17.0188°S 145.7444°E / -17.0188; 145.7444Coordinates: 17°01′08″S 145°44′40″E / 17.0188°S 145.7444°E / -17.0188; 145.7444
Population10,753 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density500.1/km2 (1,295.4/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4869
Area21.5 km2 (8.3 sq mi)
Location10 km (6 mi) from Cairns
LGA(s)Cairns Region
State electorate(s)Mulgrave
Federal Division(s)Kennedy
Localities around Edmonton:
Bentley Park White Rock Portsmith
Lamb Range Edmonton Wrights Creek
Lamb Range Mount Peter Wrights Creek

Edmonton was an independent township supporting a sugar mill,[2] but is now a suburb of Cairns in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Edmonton had a population of almost 11,000 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

Edmonton is located approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south of the centre of Cairns. It is within the Cairns Region local government area. The Bruce Highway passes from south to north through the centre of the suburb and the North Coast railway line passes from south to north through Edmonton parallel and to the east of the highway. The suburb is served by two railway stations, Edmonton and Queerah (a former neighbourhood name), while a cane tramway network delivers harvested sugarcane to the Mulgrave Sugar Mill at Gordonvale.[4]

History[edit]

Blackfellow's Creek Provisional School opened in 1887, becoming Blackfellow's Creek State School in 1903. In 1910 it was renamed Hambledon State School.

There was railway station was known as Hambledon Junction from 1897, but in 1911 the Queensland Railways Department took over the Cairns-Mulgrave Tramway from the Cairns Divisional Board and renamed it named Edmonton, probably after Edmonton, London, England. The town then took this name.[2][3]

The Edmonton public library building opened in 1975.[5]

The primary industry in Edmonton was traditionally growing sugarcane, but as Edmonton has grown, it has become an outer suburb of Cairns. Edmonton has experienced rapid growth in new housing estates in recent years resulting in consequent population growth.

In March 2006, Tropical Cyclone Larry hit Edmonton causing minimal damage. The centre of the cyclone passed through the town of Innisfail, 75 kilometres (47 mi) south of the suburb.

At the 2006 census, Edmonton had a population of 8,035.[6]

Isabella State School opened on 1 January 2007.[7]

Schools[edit]

Hambledon State School is a primary (P-6) school for boys and girls operated by the Queensland Government at 77-83 Stokes Street. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 774 students with 66 teachers (57 full-time equivalent) and 38 non-teaching staff (24 full-time equivalent).[8]

Isabella State School is a primary (P-6) school for boys and girls operated by the Queensland Government on Walker Road. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 625 students with 45 teachers (40 full-time equivalent) and 37 non-teaching staff (21 full-time equivalent).[9]

Communications[edit]

As a suburb of Cairns, Edmonton is served by the city's broadcasting media outlets and the Cairns Post newspaper. The Southern Herald is the local independent monthly suburban newspaper which is delivered to homes in Edmonton.

Entertainment[edit]

Edmonton is home to a mid-sized water park/recreation area named Sugarworld.[10] The park includes some relics from the city's sugar cane mill.

Facilities[edit]

The Cairns Regional Council operates the Edmonton Library at 175 Bruce Highway.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Edmonton (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Edmonton - town in Cairns Region (entry 11212)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Edmonton - suburb in Cairns Region (entry 48618)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 12. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Edmonton (Cairns City) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  7. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Annual Report 2016" (PDF). Hambledon State School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ "Annual Report 2016" (PDF). Isabella State School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  10. ^ "Sugarworld". Archived from the original on 3 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  11. ^ "Edmonton Library". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 25 March 2015. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • Hambledon State School : formerly Blackfellow's Creek Provisional School : a souvenir booklet incorporating the history of the school and Edmonton-Hambledon area, Hambledon State School Centenary Committee, 1987, ISBN 978-0-7316-0809-6

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