Rams Head Hotel, Millmerran
|Population||1,566 (2011 census)|
|State electorate(s)||Southern Downs|
Millmerran // is a town in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia. The town is on the Gore Highway, 208 kilometres (129 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane. At the 2011 census, Millmerran had a population of 1,566.
Millmerran is near a lookout commonly used by the local Jarowair Nation Aboriginal population prior to European settlement and the town's name is believed to be derived from two words - "meel" meaning "eye" and "merran" meaning "to look out". European settlement in the Millmerran area began in 1841 when the Gore brothers established the vast Yandilla station. Yandilla station covered an estimated 1,780 square kilometres (690 sq mi) and hosted its own school with 20 to 30 students, telegraph station and store. Closer settlement began after the passing of the Crown Lands Alienation Act in 1876, which allowed Edward Walpole to select a portion of Yandilla station. In 1881, Walpole established a general store on the site of what was known at the time as Back Creek, and a receiving office was opened with that name on 8 July 1883. It was elevated to the status of a post office, and the name changed to Domville, on 1 June 1889. The name was again changed to Millmerran on 16 November 1894.
In 1911, the Millmerran railway line reached the town.
The Millmerran Library opened in 1998 with a major refurbishment in 2017.
Millmerran also has a vibrant town centre with two large grocery outlets (IGA and Foodworks), two large hardware stores (Mitre 10 and Home Hardware), a bakery, a 24-bed public hospital, medical centre, modern large equipped sports centre and Olympic-sized swimming pool, and a large community centre complete with ballroom. For visitors, there are two caravan parks and an independent camping area for self-contained travelers.
The Bi-Annual Australian Camp Oven Festival is a nationally known event attracting visitors from all over Australia. Next event Oct. 2018.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Millmerran (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
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- Frew, Joan (1981) Queensland Post Offices 1842-1980 and Receiving Offices 1869-1927, p. 346. Fortitude Valley, Queensland: published by the author, ISBN 0-9593973-0-2
- "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 16. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Millmerran". Toowoomba Regional Council. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
- "Australian Camp Oven Festival". Retrieved 8 March 2017.
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