Memerambi, Queensland

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Memerambi
Queensland
MemerambiShop.JPG
The "Stop Shop"
Memerambi is located in Queensland
Memerambi
Memerambi
Coordinates 26°27′S 151°49′E / 26.450°S 151.817°E / -26.450; 151.817Coordinates: 26°27′S 151°49′E / 26.450°S 151.817°E / -26.450; 151.817
Population 541 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4610
Location
LGA(s) South Burnett Region
State electorate(s) Nanango
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Memerambi:
Wooroolin Wooroolin Corndale
Gordonbrook Memerambi Corndale
Crawford Kingaroy Kingaroy

Memerambi is a town in the South Burnett region of Queensland, Australia. The name 'Memerambi' is an Aboriginal word for Sugargum tree. The town is located in the South Burnett Region Local government area and on the Bunya Highway, 239 kilometres (149 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane. At the 2006 census, Memerambi and the surrounding area had a population of 541.[1]

History[edit]

Memerambi was once a bustling centre with a hotel, two general stores, saddlery, butcher, bank, mobile sawmill and cheese factory. Today businesses in Memerambi include 'Stop Shop' general store; clock repairs; large machinery & engineering works; pharmaceutical manufacturing; stock feed store; graziers; concreting & pool construction.[2]

Memerambi Post Office opened by September 1910 (a receiving office had been open from 1909) and closed in 1978.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Mr Kingston and his wife with their four children. Mr and Mrs Kingston were the first storekeepers in Memerambi[4]
  • Arthur Benjamin Postle, a professional sprinter known as "The Crimson Flash", was acclaimed "the fastest man in the world" in 1906. He moved to Memerambi in 1913 and operated his own auctioning business there.[5]
  • Ben and Harry Young, of Memerambi, pioneers of the South Burnett peanut industry, planted the first commercial crop of peanuts in the South Burnett in 1919. These brothers were sons of a Chinese immigrant, Ah Young. Harry Young later designed the first peanut thresher in Queensland and Ben became a director of the Peanut Marketing Board.[6]

See also[edit]

Kingaroy Peanut Silos

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Memerambi (Kingaroy Shire)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  2. ^ Locafy: Local Area Marketing, accessed on 2011-11-13.
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia, Image sourced from Picture Queensland, State Library of Queensland This image is free of copyright restrictions.
  5. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography, accessed on 2011-11-13.
  6. ^ "History of the Australian Peanut Industry". Peanut Company of Australia. Retrieved 2009-10-17.