Greenmount Homestead, Walkerston
|Population||3,089 (2011 census)|
|LGA(s)||Mackay Regional Council|
Palms is a neighbourhood within Walkerston, located to the east of the town ().
This town was commonly known as Scrubby Creek from as early as 1866, and sometimes as Baker’s Creek; later these two names were interchangeable with Walkerston and, to a lesser degree, Alsatia. Scrubby Creek was definitely not a nickname for Walkerston; there were no inverted commas included when the words were printed in newspapers or almanacs. The name was well deserved, for the wild bush scrub grew luxuriantly on the banks of Baker’s Creek.
In May 1860, Scots-born John Mackay was only 21 years old when he left Armidale, New South Wales in January 1860 with men, horses and provisions in search of land for cattle runs in north Queensland. They travelled up the east coast, taking a mainly inland route until they came to the junction of Cattle Creek and the Pioneer River, in an area about 15 miles west of present-day Walkerston. They then followed the river, firstly named by Mackay’s companions as the Mackay River but now known as the Pioneer.
The Walkerston public library opened in 1977.
The town has two primary schools, a post office, three bars (including a sports club), and a supermarket.
Walkerston State School caters for students from Prep to Year 6. It opened on 24 April 1880. St John's Catholic Primary School is on Creek Street, Walkerston. It accepts enrolments for students from Prep to Year 6. The Catholic primary opened 29 January 1924.
Walkerston has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Walkerston". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
- "Walkerston - town (entry 44221)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
- "Walkerston - locality (entry 46846)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
- "Palms - neighbourhood (entry 39308)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- Hamilton, Pat (1994). Sugar from the scrub : a pictorial history of Walkerston. Boolarong Press. p. 1. ISBN 0-646-21710-0.
- Recollections of the Netherdale Line Scott, Glen Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, February, 1992 pp27-41
- "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 14. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Walkerston (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
- "Walkerston State School". Archived from the original on 17 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
- "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
- "St John's Catholic Primary School". Archived from the original on 20 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
- "Libraries: Contact/Opening Hours". Mackay Regional Council. Archived from the original on 4 May 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
- "Walkerston Library". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 29 April 2015. Archived from the original on 15 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "Greenmount Homestead (entry 600987)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- "Walkerston State Butcher's Shop (former) (entry 602659)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
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