Watsonville, Queensland

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Watsonville
Queensland
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Watsonville
Coordinates 17°22′38″S145°18′47″E / 17.37712°S 145.31307°E / -17.37712; 145.31307 Coordinates: 17°22′38″S145°18′47″E / 17.37712°S 145.31307°E / -17.37712; 145.31307
Population344 (2011 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 4856
Location107 km (66 mi) SW of Cairns
LGA(s) Shire of Mareeba
State electorate(s) Hill
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Localities around Watsonville:
Mutchilba Mutchilba Tolga
Atherton
Irvinebank Watsonville Carrington
Wongabel
Silver Valley Kalunga Herberton
Moomin

Watsonville is a town and locality in North Queensland, Australia. [2] [3] It is within the local government area of Shire of Mareeba (between 2008 and 2013, it was within the Tablelands Region). At the 2011 census the town recorded a population of 344. [1]

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Location

Watsonville is 107 kilometres (66 mi) south-west of Cairns via the Bruce Highway, Gillies Range Road, State Route 25 (bypassing Atherton) and the Herberton Petford Road. From further west it can be accessed from the Burke Developmental Road at Petford.

Bruce Highway highway in Queensland

The Bruce Highway is a major highway in Queensland, Australia. Commencing in the state capital, Brisbane, it passes through areas close to the eastern coast on its way to Cairns in Far North Queensland. The route is part of the Australian National Highway and also part of Highway 1. Its length is approximately 1,679 kilometres (1,043 mi); it is entirely sealed with bitumen. The highway is named after a popular former Queensland and federal politician, Harry Bruce. Bruce was the state Minister for Works when the highway was named after him, in the mid-1930s, and was widely considered to be a good bloke. The highway once passed through Brisbane, but was truncated at Bald Hills when the Gateway Motorway became National Highway 1 upon its opening in December 1986.

Atherton, Queensland Town in Queensland, Australia

Atherton is a rural town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 census, Atherton had a population of 7,287.

Burke Developmental Road road in Queensland

The Burke Developmental Road is a Queensland (Australia) developmental road. It links Cloncurry and Normanton in a south–north direction, then continues to the east 30 km north from Normanton, till Dimbulah, where it becomes the Mareeba Dimbulah Road.

History

Watsonville is a former mining town. The town was named after Robert H. Watson, a tin prospector, who discovered a local deposit on 19 Feb 1881. The town was surveyed by William J. White on 0 March 1882. [2]

Heritage listings

Watsonville has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Rocky Bluff Battery and Township

Rocky Bluff Battery and Township is a heritage-listed former mining town at Watsonville, Shire of Mareeba, Queensland, Australia. It was built from 1902 to c. 1926. It is also known as Stannary Hills Mill. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 13 December 2002.

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References

  1. 1 2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Watsonville (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 July 2013. Blue pencil.svg
  2. 1 2 "Watsonville - town (entry 45861)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government . Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  3. "Watsonville - locality (entry 48923)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government . Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  4. "Rocky Bluff Battery and Township (entry 601861)". Queensland Heritage Register . Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.