Godwin Beach, Queensland

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Godwin Beach
Queensland
Godwin Beach is located in Queensland
Godwin Beach
Godwin Beach
Coordinates27°05′09″S 153°06′05″E / 27.0858°S 153.1013°E / -27.0858; 153.1013Coordinates: 27°05′09″S 153°06′05″E / 27.0858°S 153.1013°E / -27.0858; 153.1013
Population462 (2016 census)[2]
 • Density121.6/km2 (315/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4511
Area3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Moreton Bay Region
State electorate(s)Pumicestone
Federal Division(s)Longman
Suburbs around Godwin Beach:
Ningi Ningi Sandstone Point
Beachmere Godwin Beach Sandstone Point
Beachmere Moreton Bay Moreton Bay

Godwin Beach is a coastal rural locality in the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Godwin Beach had a population of 462 people.[2]

History[edit]

The locality is named after Charles Godwin who owned a fish cannery by the beach from 1897 to 1907. In January 1911 the steamer Eastern was stranded on the Salamander Bank (27°04′01″S 153°19′01″E / 27.067°S 153.317°E / -27.067; 153.317 (Salamander Bank)),[4] 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north-west of Bulwer on Moreton Island, and barrels of oil had drifted off into the sea. Godwin was employed to salvage these barrels and transport them to Brisbane. While doing so, on 20 February 1911 he was thrown from his boat in rough seas off Toorbul Point and he drowned.[3][5][6][7]

Circa 1999 a monument commemorating Godwin was erected on the beachfront.[8][9]

In the 2011 census Godwin Beach had a population of 444 people.[10]

Attractions[edit]

There is a memorial to Charles Godwin along the beachfront.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 census, Godwin Beach recorded a population of 444 people, 49.1% female and 50.9% male.[10] The median age of the Godwin Beach population was 41 years, 4 years above the national median of 37. 77.3% of people living in Godwin Beach were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 7%, New Zealand 5.4%, Cambodia 0.7%, Hong Kong 0.7%, Germany 0.7%. 92.3% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.1% Thai, 0.9% Tagalog, 0.9% German, 0.9% Greek, 0% Gaelic (Scotland).[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unknown, Unveiling Charles Godwin memorial plaque, Godwin Beach, ca 1999, retrieved 29 November 2019
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Godwin Beach (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b "Godwin Beach - locality in Moreton Bay Region (entry 50068)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Salamander Bank - marine bank (entry 29443)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  5. ^ "EASTERN AGROUND". The Brisbane Courier (16, 550). Queensland, Australia. 26 January 1911. p. 5. Retrieved 29 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "A Drowning Accident". The Brisbane Courier (16, 573). Queensland, Australia. 22 February 1911. p. 4. Retrieved 29 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Recent Drowning Fatality,". The Brisbane Courier (16, 578). Queensland, Australia. 28 February 1911. p. 7. Retrieved 29 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ Unknown, Unveiling Charles Godwin memorial plaque, Godwin Beach, ca 1999, retrieved 29 November 2019
  9. ^ Unknown, Commemorative plaque for Charles Godwin, Godwin Beach foreshore, ca 2000, retrieved 29 November 2019
  10. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Godwin Beach (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 March 2014. Edit this at Wikidata