Berserker, Queensland facts for kids
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North Rockhampton Borough Chambers, 2009
|Population||7,241 (2011 census)|
|Location||6 km (4 mi) NE of Rockhampton|
|LGA(s)||Rockhampton Regional Council|
|State electorate(s)||Rockhampton and Keppel|
Berserker is a suburb of Rockhampton in the Rockhampton Region, Queensland, Australia, situated about six kilometres north east of the central business district. At the 2011 census, Berserker had a population of 7,179.
The eastern boundary is aligned with Frenchmans Creek and the western boundary follows Moores Creek.
In the northeast of the suburb is the Stockland Rockhampton shopping centre. North Rockhampton State High School and Berserker Street State School are also in the suburb.
The suburb was named after the Berserker Range, which, in turn, was named by Rockhampton pioneer pastoralist Charles Archer after the Norse warrior "Baresark", who fought without armour in the Norwegian sagas. Although born in Scotland, the Archer family lived for many years in Larvik, Norway and members of the family moved between Queensland and Norway throughout their lives.
Berserker State School opened in 1917 but was renamed later in the year to Berserker Street State School. In 1956 North Rockhampton State High School was opened in Berseker. On 18 February 1957, a separate Berserker Street Infants State School was opened but it was closed on 1 July 1994.
Berserker has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
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