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Amby
Queensland
Amby sign September 2019.jpg
Sign located at the entrance to Amby
Population 86 (2016 census locality)
 • Density 0.4322/km2 (1.119/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4462
Elevation 340 m (1,115 ft)
Area 199.0 km2 (76.8 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s) Maranoa Region
State electorate(s) Warrego
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Amby:
Mitchell Walhallow Walhallow
Mitchell Amby Eurella
Eurella Eurella Eurella

Amby is a rural town and locality in the Maranoa Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census the locality of Amby had a population of 86 people.

Geography

The town is roughly in the centre of the locality. The Warrego Highway passes through the locality from east to west, passing through the main street of the town. The Western railway line also passes through the locality from east to west, serving the Amby railway station in the town. Amby Creek flows through the location from north to south, eventually a tributary of the Maranoa River. The Amby Downs homestead is located in the north-east of the locality.

History

Amby takes its name from the Amby Creek; Amby is possibly a word meaning "little girl" in Kogai dialect of Mandandanji language.

The Amby Downs pastoral station is believed to have been established before 1860.

A postal receiving office opened at Amby around 1883, and became a post office around 1900; it continues to operate out of the Amby Store.

Amby State School circa 1921
Amby State School, circa 1921

Amby Provisional School opened on 26 February 1894 and became Amby State School in 1901. It closed on 19 September 1997.

Economy

Amby airstrip, Queensland
The town's unregistered and unsealed (1,200 m) landing ground is located 3 kilometers to the south on the western side of Springfield Road (26°34′30″S 148°10′39″E / 26.5749°S 148.1774°E / -26.5749; 148.1774 (Amby International Airport (unofficial))). Elevation 1,128 feet.

There are a number of homesteads in the locality:

Notable residents

  • Robert Dunsmure, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Maranoa
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