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The park on the main street of Murgon
|Population||2,378 (2016 census)|
|LGA(s)||South Burnett Region|
|Federal Division(s)||Wide Bay|
Murgon is a town and locality in the South Burnett Region, Queensland, Australia. It is situated on the Bunya Highway 270 kilometres (170 mi) north-west of the state capital, Brisbane. At the 2016 Australian Census, the town recorded a population of 2,378.
Murgon is in the region of Queensland known as the South Burnett, the southern part of the Burnett River catchment. Attractions of Murgon include winemaking, fishing on the nearby Bjelke-Petersen Dam and gem-fossicking. Industries include peanuts, dairy farming, beef and cattle production and wine. The Indigenous Australian settlement of Cherbourg is just south of Murgon.
The foundation stone of the Murgon War Memorial was laid on 25 April 1920 (ANZAC Day) by Lieutenant Colonel Wilder Neligan. On 11 November 1921, the digger memorial was dedicated by RSL chairman, Major General Spencer Browne.
Murgon has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Macalister Street: former South Burnett Co-operative Dairy Association Factory
- 62-70 Lamb Street: Murgon Civic Centre
Murgon is also close to a famous fossil site. The Murgon fossil site is the only such site in Australia with a diverse vertebrate fauna dating to the early Eocene epoch, around 55 million years ago, only 10 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Murgon State School opened on 24 February 1908.
There was also a Murgon Special School that closed on 31 December 1980.
St Joseph's Catholic School opened 27 February 1937.
Murgon State High School opened on 27 January 1959.
Notable residents of Murgon include:
- Gavin Cooper, Australian rugby league player born in Murgon
- John Mickel, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly born in Murgon
- Steve Renouf, Australian rugby league player born in Murgon
- Leah Purcell, Australian actress, director and writer was born in Murgon.
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- "South Burnett Co-operative Dairy Association Factory (former) (entry 602811)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Murgon Civic Centre (entry 602812)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
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