Main street of Esk, the Brisbane Valley Highway
|Population||1,698 (2016 census)|
|• Density||28.49/km2 (73.79/sq mi)|
|Area||59.6 km2 (23.0 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10:00)|
Esk is approximately 64 kilometres (40 mi) northwest of Ipswich on the Brisbane Valley Highway. It was named after the River Esk in Scotland and England. It is the administrative centre of the Somerset Region.
The town of Esk is contained in the Queensland electoral district of Nanango.
Jagara (also known as Jagera, Yagara, Yugarabul, Yuggera and Yuggerabul) is one of the Aboriginal languages of South-East Queensland. There is some uncertainty over the status of Jagara as a language, dialect or perhaps a group or clan within the local government boundaries of Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Regional Council and the Somerset Regional Council.
Esk formed part of the southern border of the Garumga clan of the Dalla tribe.
The land around Esk was first explored by Captain Patrick Logan in 1830. The town was established to service the short-lived copper mines of Eskdale and Cressbrook Creek. Settlers moved into the region during the 1840s.
In July 1941, a Lutheran church was opened.
Dairying slowed from the 1960s onwards, which has eventually led to the decline of the town's importance as a major rural centre.
The Esk Library opened in 2009.
Esk has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Ipswich Street: Esk War Memorial
- Ipswich Street: St Agnes Anglical Church and Rectory
- Ipswich Street: St Andrews Presbyterian Church
War memorial and memorial park
On 30 November 1920, Dr Graham Butler laid the foundation stone of the Esk War Memorial. The finished memorial was unveiled by General Lachlan Chisholm Wilson on 27 August 1921. The memorial records the names of 462 Shire residents who enlisted during the First World War. It also contains bronze honour rolls bearing the names of 83 local men who died during the war. Four commemorative plaques have subsequently been added to the structure. The war memorial stands in Esk Memorial Park, which also contains a memorial to Captain Logan, who was murdered while exploring the Brisbane Valley in 1830.
The small town serves as a centre for a rich farming area.
Esk State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 49 East Street ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 172 students with 15 teachers (13 full-time equivalent) and 9 non-teaching staff (6 full-time equivalent).).
As there is no high school in Esk, students from the Esk State School typically attend Toogoolawah State High School in Toogoolawah, Lockyer District High School in Gatton or Lowood State High School in Lowood or private schools in and around Ipswich.
Nearby attractions include Lake Somerset and Lake Wivenhoe, both lakes created by dams which provide a number of camping areas with facilities and opportunities for water-based recreational activities including boating, canoeing, fishing and skiing and Ravensbourne and Crows Nest National Parks.
The historic Bellevue Homestead is located in the area. Also close by are the peaks Glen Rock and Mount Esk.
Esk is serviced by a Christian radio station on FM 87.6 MHz.
Notable people from Esk
- Douglas Berry (1907–1957), butcher and Liberal MP in the 1950s
- Roderic Dallas (1891–1918), First World War fighter ace
- The Kransky Sisters, a comedy musical trio who claim to be "from Esk, in Queensland" before every show
- Henry Newton (bishop) (1866–1947), Anglican colonial bishop
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