Jundah, Queensland

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Jundah
Queensland
WLA hmns Fiery Opal Opalville Mine.jpg
Fiery Opal from Opalville Mine, Jundah field
Jundah is located in Queensland
Jundah
Jundah
Coordinates 24°50′0″S 143°04′0″E / 24.83333°S 143.06667°E / -24.83333; 143.06667Coordinates: 24°50′0″S 143°04′0″E / 24.83333°S 143.06667°E / -24.83333; 143.06667
Population 350 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4736
Location
LGA(s) Barcoo Shire
State electorate(s) Gregory
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Jundah:
Stonehenge Stonehenge Isisford
Farrars Creek Jundah Adavale
Windorah Windorah Eromanga

Jundah is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia. The administrative centre of the Barcoo Shire local government area, the town is located on the Thomson River, 1,122 kilometres (697 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane. At the 2011 census, Jundah and surrounds had a population of 350.[1]

The outback town was established in 1883 and given a name meaning "woman" in a local Aboriginal language. First settled by pastoralists, Jundah was home to an opal mining industry for around twenty years in the early twentieth century before it closed down due to water shortages.[2]

Jundah Post Office opened on 26 June 1877 (a receiving office named Jundah Police Barracks had been open from 1876).[3]

Jundah State School opened on 30 April, 1900. [4][5]

Today, the town now supports the surrounding sheep and cattle industry. As well as the Barcoo Shire administration centre, other facilities in the town include a state school for students up to Year 7, public library, police station, general store, post office agency and a tourist information centre.[2]

Roughly 30 km to the south east of the town is Welford National Park.

Heritage listings[edit]

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

Festivals[edit]

Each year the town celebrates German-Australian culture by holding "the world's most remote Oktoberfest".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Jundah (Windorah) (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "JUNDAH". Queensland Health - Work for us - Location Profiles. State of Queensland. 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2007. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland schools". Education Queensland. 
  5. ^ "Jundah SS". Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Welford Homestead (entry 600023)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  7. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

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