Eimeo, Queensland

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Eimeo
MackayQueensland
Mango Avenue, Eimeo.jpg
Mango Avenue, Eimeo
Eimeo is located in Queensland
Eimeo
Eimeo
Coordinates21°02′10″S 149°10′35″E / 21.0362°S 149.1763°E / -21.0362; 149.1763 (Eimeo (town centre))
Population3,230 (2016 census suburb)[1]
 • Density950/km2 (2,460/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4740
Area3.4 km2 (1.3 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s)Mackay Region
State electorate(s)Whitsunday
Federal division(s)Dawson
Suburbs around Eimeo:
Bucasia Coral Sea Dolphin Heads
Bucasia Eimeo Blacks Beach
Rural View Rural View Blacks Beach

Eimeo is a coastal town and suburb in the Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census the suburb of Eimeo had a population of 3,230 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

Eimeo has a headland that extends north into the Coral Sea. The point of the headland is rocky but the eastern and western sides of the headland have sandy beaches. Sunset Bay is to the west of the headland extending into neighbouring Bucasia (21°02′05″S 149°10′15″E / 21.0346°S 149.1709°E / -21.0346; 149.1709 (Sunset Bay)). Eimeo Creek flows into Sunset Bay and forms the boundary between the Eimeo and Bucasia (21°02′17″S 149°10′17″E / 21.0381°S 149.1713°E / -21.0381; 149.1713 (Eimeo Creek)).[4][5][6]

History[edit]

Eimeo Hotel, circa 1935

The name Eimeo was derived from selection name used by Jeremiah Downs Armitage, an early settler in the 1870s, after his birthplace Moorea (also called Eimeo) in Tahiti. His father Elijah Armitage was a missionary in the South Seas.[2][7][8]

Armitage engaged in many occupations, including timber cutting, fruit growing and operating a boarding house and/or hotel.[9] Armitage's lasting legacy to the area is the avenue of mango trees he planted, probably in the 1880s, to delineate the track leading from the main Mackay access road, through his property, to his boarding house/hotel.  These trees survive to the present day and are listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.  Palm Avenue is also a significant and well known feature of the suburb.[10]

Roller skating rink, 1939

Eimeo Road State School opened on 5 February 1934.[11] It is the largest primary school in the Whitsunday Region, Mackay Region and Isaac Region but is no longer within the boundaries of the Eimeo but within the neighbouring suburb of Rural View.

In the 1930s a roller skating rink was established next to the hotel.[9]

Eimeo Post Office opened on 24 January 1949 and closed in 1972.[12]

Palm Avenue, 1950

The present Eimeo Pacific Hotel was built in 1954 on the site of Armitage's boarding house.[9]

At the 2011 census, Eimeo had a population of 3,309.[13]

In the 2016 census the suburb of Eimeo had a population of 3,230 people.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

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

Education[edit]

There are no schools in Eimeo. The nearest primary and secondary schools are Eimeo Road State School and Mackay Northern Beaches State High School, both in neighbouring Rural View to the south.[6]

Amenities[edit]

Enjoying Eimeo Beach

Eimeo Pacific Hotel is on the northern tip of the headland at 1 Mango Avenue (21°01′58″S 149°10′34″E / 21.0329°S 149.1762°E / -21.0329; 149.1762 (Eimeo Pacific Hotel)).[15][16]

Eimeo Surf Lifesaving Club is a surf life saving club on the beach immediately east and below the hotel (21°01′59″S 149°10′36″E / 21.0331°S 149.1768°E / -21.0331; 149.1768 (Eimeo Surf Lifesaving Club)).[15][17]

Seven lads in a boat at Eimeo Creek

There is a boat ramp at Sunset Boulevard into Eimeo Creek (21°02′14″S 149°10′26″E / 21.0373°S 149.1738°E / -21.0373; 149.1738 (Eimeo, Sunset Boulevard boat ramp)). It is managed by the Mackay Regional Council.[18]

There are a number of parks in the area, including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Eimeo (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Eimeo – town in Mackay Region (entry 11412)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Eimeo – suburb in Mackay Region (entry 49724)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Bays - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 12 November 2020. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Eimeo Creek – watercourse in Mackay Regional (entry 11413)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  7. ^ "How Eimeo Got Its Name". Daily Mercury. 70 (42). Queensland, Australia. 18 February 1936. p. 8. Archived from the original on 7 February 2021. Retrieved 8 February 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "NOMENCLATURE OF QUEENSLAND.—117". The Courier-mail (767). Queensland, Australia. 13 February 1936. p. 12. Archived from the original on 7 February 2021. Retrieved 8 February 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ a b c Randall, Brian (28 August 2012). "Queensland Place Histories - Eimeo, Mackay". State Library of Queensland. Archived from the original on 3 August 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Queensland Place Histories - Eimeo, Mackay | State Library Of Queensland". www.slq.qld.gov.au. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  12. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Archived from the original on 15 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  13. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Eimeo". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 July 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  14. ^ "Mango Avenue (entry 602553)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  15. ^ a b "Building points - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 17 November 2020. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  16. ^ "HOME". Eimeo Pacific Hotel. Archived from the original on 25 October 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  17. ^ "Eimeo Surf Lifesaving Club". Eimeo Surf Lifesaving Club. 28 August 2017. Archived from the original on 4 December 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  18. ^ "Recreational Boating Facilities Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 12 November 2020. Archived from the original on 22 November 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Land for public recreation - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 20 November 2020. Archived from the original on 22 November 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.

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