Grantham, Queensland

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Grantham
Queensland
Grantham Hotel in Grantham, Qld.jpg
Grantham Hotel, located in Anzac Ave
Grantham is located in Queensland
Grantham
Grantham
Coordinates27°35′S 152°12′E / 27.583°S 152.200°E / -27.583; 152.200Coordinates: 27°35′S 152°12′E / 27.583°S 152.200°E / -27.583; 152.200
Population634 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)4347
Elevation109 m (358 ft)
Location
LGA(s)Lockyer Valley Region
CountyCavendish
ParishLockyer
State electorate(s)Lockyer
Federal Division(s)Wright

Grantham is a town in the Lockyer Valley region of Queensland, Australia. The town is located 100 kilometres (62 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane. At the 2016 census, Grantham and the surrounding area had a population of 634.[1]

History[edit]

The area was first settled in 1841, by George Mocatta.[2] In 1866 a railway siding from the main Toowoomba line was opened which assisted in the development of a small settlement. It wasn't until the mid-1879s that a railway station was built.[2] A butter factory was established in 1907. The building was replaced in 1926 by a brick building which operated until 1971.[2]

Grantham Post Office opened on 1 January 1890 (a receiving office had been open from 1876).[3]

2011 flash floods[edit]

On 10 January 2011, Grantham was severely damaged in a huge flash flood. 12 people lost their lives and a large number of houses and other buildings were destroyed.[4]

Following the floods, Grantham received visits by politicians including Queensland Premier Anna Bligh on numerous occasions. Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce also visited the town.[5]

In May 2011, it was announced that the town would be moved to higher ground to prevent future damaging floods.[6] A 935-acre site was purchased so that landholders could be provided a voluntary swap of equivalent-sized blocks. The new site is situated on a hill overlooking Grantham and has permission from the state government to bypass the normal development approval process.[7] Resident of nearby Murphys Creek, Postmans Ridge, Withcott and Helidon have been included in the fast-tracked plan.

Population[edit]

In the 2016 Census, there were 634 people in Grantham. 81.1% of people were born in Australia and 90.9% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 24.3%, Catholic 17.8% and Anglican 15.5%.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "2016 Community Profiles: Grantham (SSC) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 9 February 2019. Edit this at Wikidata CC-BY icon.svg Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  2. ^ a b c Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 61. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  4. ^ Walter Sofronoff (October 2015). "Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry" (PDF).
  5. ^ Tom Threadingham (24 May 2011). "Power and passion". Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Star. APN News & Media Ltd. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  6. ^ Georgia Waters (5 May 2011). "Flooded Queensland town to be relocated". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  7. ^ Matt Wordsworth (8 June 2011). "Flood-ravaged Grantham moves to higher ground". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 June 2011.

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