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Brandon
Queensland
Brandon
Brandon
Coordinates19°33′15″S 147°21′17″E / 19.5541°S 147.3547°E / -19.5541; 147.3547 (Brandon (centre of locality))
Population1,094 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density9.900/km2 (25.642/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4808
Area110.5 km2 (42.7 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Burdekin
State electorate(s)Burdekin
Federal division(s)Dawson
Localities around Brandon:
Barratta Colevale Alva
Barratta Brandon Ayr
Barratta Airville McDesme

Brandon is a rural town and locality in the Shire of Burdekin, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Brandon had a population of 1,094 people.[1]

History

Brandon was surveyed as a site for a township in 1882 and the first allotments were sold later that year.[4] The town is named after Henry Brandon a sugar pioneer in the Mackay and Lower Burdekin regions.[5] Henry Brandon was also the son-in-law of the colonist, Korah Halcomb Wills.[6]

Brandon Post Office opened on 6 September 1883.[7]

Brandon Provisional School opened in the town on 9 April 1888. It became Brandon State School on 11 July 1898.[8]

Kalamia State School opened beside the Kalamia Sugar Mill on 18 July 1928.[8]

At the 2006 census, Brandon had a population of 783.[9]

In the 2011 census, Brandon had a population of 1,267 people.[10]

In the 2016 census, Brandon had a population of 1,094 people.[1]

Heritage listings

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

Economy

Kalamia Sugar Mill, 1901
Kalamia Sugar Mill, 1901

Brandon is a sugarcane growing area with underground water supplies to irrigate crops. Wilmar Sugar Australia operates two sugar mills in Brandon, the Kalamia Sugar Mill in the north-east of the locality on Lilliesmere Road beside the Lilliesmere Lagoon (19°31′22″S 147°24′59″E / 19.5229°S 147.4163°E / -19.5229; 147.4163 (Kalamia Sugar Mill)) and the Pioneer Sugar Mill in the west of the locality on Pioneer Mill Road (19°33′30″S 147°19′51″E / 19.5583°S 147.3309°E / -19.5583; 147.3309 (Pioneer Sugar Mill)).[12]

Education

Brandon State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Drysdale Street (19°33′13″S 147°20′55″E / 19.5537°S 147.3485°E / -19.5537; 147.3485 (Brandon State School)).[13][14] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 45 students with 4 teachers and 6 non-teaching staff (4 full-time equivalent).[15]

Kalamia State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Lilliesmere Road (19°31′07″S 147°25′03″E / 19.5185°S 147.4176°E / -19.5185; 147.4176 (Kalamia State School)).[13][16] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 14 students with 1 teacher and 5 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).[15]

There are no secondary schools in Brandon. The nearest government secondary school is Ayr State High School in neighbouring Ayr to the east.[17]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Brandon (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Brandon – town in Shire of Burdekin (entry 4348)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Brandon – locality in Shire of Burdekin (entry 44667)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  4. ^ "BURDEKIN RICHEST GEM OF THE NORTH". Townsville Daily Bulletin. LXIX. Queensland, Australia. 1 September 1948. p. 2. Retrieved 24 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Brandon". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  6. ^ Hall, Glen. "Korah Halcomb Wills". Mackay Mayors. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  8. ^ a b Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  9. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Brandon (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  10. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Brandon". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 January 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ "St Patrick's Catholic Church (former) (entry 600372)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Wilmar Sugar Mills - Our Mills". www.wilmarsugarmills.com. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  13. ^ a b "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Brandon State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  15. ^ a b "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Kalamia State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 10 August 2021.