The Gemfields

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The Gemfields
Rubyvale, one of towns in The Gemfields
The Gemfields is located in Queensland
The Gemfields
The Gemfields
Coordinates23°32′33″S 147°48′39″E / 23.5425°S 147.8108°E / -23.5425; 147.8108Coordinates: 23°32′33″S 147°48′39″E / 23.5425°S 147.8108°E / -23.5425; 147.8108
Population1,449 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1.2269/km2 (3.1777/sq mi)
Gazetted13 August 2010
Area1,181 km2 (456.0 sq mi)
LGA(s)Central Highlands Region
State electorate(s)Gregory
Federal Division(s)Flynn
Localities around The Gemfields:
Argyll Fork Lagoons Fork Lagoons
Willows The Gemfields Emerald
Lochington Lochington Gindie

The Gemfields is a locality in the Central Highlands Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, The Gemfields had a population of 1449 people.[1]


The locality contains three small towns: Anakie, Rubyvale, and Sapphire.[3]

The nearest major town is Emerald.[3]

As the name suggests, the main industry in The Gemfields is sapphire mining, supported by tourism.


Anakie Provisional School opened on 27 July 1885. It became Anakie State School on 1 January 1909. Due to low attendances it opened and closed at times, but continues to operate to the present day.[4]

At the 2011 census, The Gemfields had a population of 1630.[5]

At the 2016 census, The Gemfields had a population of 1,449.[1]


The Central Highlands Regional Council operate a public library at 7 Burridge Road, Rubyvale.[6]


Anakie State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Cook Street (23°33′14″S 147°44′45″E / 23.5540°S 147.7458°E / -23.5540; 147.7458 (Anakie State School)).[7][8] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 83 students with 7 teachers (6 full-time equivalent) and 7 non-teaching staff (4 full-time equivalent).[9]


GemFest is an annual festival in the region, attracting large numbers of visitors.[10]

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  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "The Gemfields: Code SSC32819 (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 April 2019. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "The Gemfields - locality in Central Highlands Region (entry 46978)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  4. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "The Gemfields: Code SSC31613 (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 November 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ "Locations". Central Highlands Regional Council. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  7. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Anakie State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  9. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
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