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Kirwan is a suburb of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Kirwan is a primarily residential suburb but includes some commercial property, primarily concentrated along Thuringowa Drive. At its southern end are the retail and entertainment precincts of Thuringowa Central, which include the Willows Shopping Centre and the Riverway complex, the latter of which lines the northern bank of the Ross River and includes parkland, swimming pools, barbecue facilities and an arts centre. It also plays home to night markets. Also situated near the southern border of Kirwan is the Cannon Park complex in Condon, which offers a range of restaurants, a cinema and other leisure providers, and a military memorial in the form of a WWII era cannon, dedicated to the 18 servicemen lost when two Blackhawk helicopters collided on a night exercise in 1996, on the nearby Hervey Range.
Several leisure facilities are also situated within Kirwan itself, including the Willows Golf Club, the Townsville and District Junior Rugby League Grounds and the Townsville Brothers Leagues Club. Kirwan is also well known as the home of the National Rugby League team, the North Queensland Cowboys, and is the site of 1300SMILES Stadium.
A number of schools are situated in Kirwan. Kirwan State School opened in 1977 and Kirwan State High School opened in 1979. Ryan Catholic College, which serves both primary and secondary students, was founded in the same year, and The Willows State School was established in the suburb in 1997.
The suburb of Kirwan was established in 1968 as the northernmost of a series of new suburbs along the western side of the Upper Ross River. It took its name from an early farming family in the region. Prior to suburban development, Kirwan had been farmed and had also been the site of air force activity during the Second World War.
- University of Queensland: Queensland Places: Kirwan
- Defence Force commemoration of the 1996 disaster
- Australian Bureau of Statistics
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