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The park on the main street of Murgon
|Population||2,092 (2011 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 2011 Australian Census the town recorded a population of 2,092.
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.
The South Burnett Regional Council operates a library in Murgon.
Notable residents of Murgon include:
- Gavin Cooper, Australian rugby league player born in Murgon
- John Michel, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly born in Murgon
- Steve Renouf, Australian rugby league player born in Murgon
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Murgon (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- "Murgon - town (entry 23555)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
- "Murgon - locality (entry 46250)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- "Murgon War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- "A WAR MEMORIAL.,.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 16 November 1921. p. 4. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
- "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.
- "Locate a Library - South Burnett Regional Council". South Burnett Regional Council. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
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