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°34′37″S 152°12′08″E / 27.5769°S 152.2022°E / -27.5769; 152.2022Coordinates: 27°34′37″S 152°12′08″E / 27.5769°S 152.2022°E / -27.5769; 152.2022
Population634 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density12.860/km2 (33.31/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4347
Elevation109 m (358 ft)
Area49.3 km2 (19.0 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s)Lockyer Valley Region
CountyCavendish
ParishLockyer
State electorate(s)Lockyer
Federal Division(s)Wright
Localities around Grantham:
Helidon Seventeen Mile Ringwood
Helidon Grantham Gatton
Placid Hills
Carpendale Veradilla
Winwill
Lower Tenthill

Grantham is a rural town and locality in the Lockyer Valley Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] 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]

Geography[edit]

The Warrego Highway passes through from east to west. The north-west corner is occupied by part of the Lockyer State Forest.

History[edit]

The area was first settled in 1841, by George Mocatta.[4] He named his pastoral run Grantham, which became the name of the town.[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 the Grantham railway station was built.[4]

In August 1895 tenders were called for the erection of a provisional school at Grantham Scrub.[5] In January 1896 teacher Catherine M. Ludeman was appointed to the Grantham Scrub Provisional School, suggesting it opened around that time.[6][7] On 1 January 1909 it became Grantham Scrub State School. It closed circa 1950.[8]

Grantham Provisional School opened on 23 January 1905. On 1 January 1909 it became Grantham State School.[9]

A butter factory was established in 1907. The building was replaced in 1926 by a brick building which operated until 1971.[4]

Grantham Post Office opened on 1 January 1890 (a receiving office had been open from 1876).[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

In May 2011, it was announced that the town would be moved to higher ground to prevent future damaging floods.[13] 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.[14] Resident of nearby Murphys Creek, Postmans Ridge, Withcott and Helidon have been included in the fast-tracked plan.

Education[edit]

Grantham State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 15 Victor Street (27°34′26″S 152°12′07″E / 27.5740°S 152.2020°E / -27.5740; 152.2020 (Grantham State School)).[15][16] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 95 students with 6 teachers and 6 non-teaching staff (4 full-time equivalent).[17]

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 WikidataCC-BY icon.svg Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  2. ^ a b "Grantham - town in Lockyer Valley Region (entry 14609)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Grantham - locality in Lockyer Valley Region (entry 44957)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "TENDERS INVITED". Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald And General Advertiser. XXXVI, (5322). Queensland, Australia. 17 August 1895. p. 5. Retrieved 17 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  6. ^ "The Education Department". Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald And General Advertiser. XXXVI, (5390). Queensland, Australia. 25 January 1896. p. 5. Retrieved 17 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  7. ^ "The Department of Public Instruction". Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald And General Advertiser. XXXVI, (5454). Queensland, Australia. 23 June 1896. p. 3. Retrieved 17 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  8. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  9. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  10. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  11. ^ Walter Sofronoff (October 2015). "Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry" (PDF).
  12. ^ Tom Threadingham (24 May 2011). "Power and passion". Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Star. APN News & Media Ltd. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  13. ^ Georgia Waters (5 May 2011). "Flooded Queensland town to be relocated". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  14. ^ Matt Wordsworth (8 June 2011). "Flood-ravaged Grantham moves to higher ground". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  15. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Grantham State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  17. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.

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