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Amiens
Queensland
Pikedale soldier settlement information board, Amiens, 2015.JPG
Information board about the Pikedale soldier settlements, Amiens, 2015
Population: 435
Postcode: 4380
Localities around Amiens:
Goldfields Passchendaele Bapaume
Pikedale Amiens Cannon Creek
Pikedale Greenlands Broadwater

Amiens is a rural locality in the Southern Downs Region, Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 Australian Census Amiens recorded a population of 435.

History

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Amiens settlement, 1920

Following World War I, Amiens was one of the Pikedale soldier settlements established in the Granite Belt area of the Darling Downs.

The name Amiens refers to the World War I battlefield in northern France, of special importance to the Australian Imperial Force in March–April 1918. The name was suggested by surveyor George Grant in 1920.

Construction of the Amiens railway line commenced in 1919 and the line was opened on 7 June 1920. Edward, Prince of Wales travelled the length of the Amiens branch in a royal train to officially open the line on 26 July 1920.

Although the intention of the soldier settlement farms in the district was fruit growing, the fruit trees required a number of years before they would bear fruit and the government loans on the farms required immediate interest payments. Many soldier settlers turned to vegetable growing, both for their own use and to enable them to sell for a short-term income.

The Amien State School opened in 1919.

The railway line closed on 28 February 1974. Fruit and vegetables are carried by road to the markets.

Heritage listings

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

  • 17 Trevethan Lane: St Denys Anglican Church

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