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Corfield
Queensland
Corfield Pub.jpg
The historic Corfield Pub. A sign promoting the Corfield Cup can also be seen.
Population 380 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4733
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Winton
State electorate(s) Mount Isa
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Corfield:
Albion
Kynuna
Stamford Tangorin
Middleton Corfield Prairie
Tablederry
Opalton
Winton
Chorregon Bangall

Corfield is a town and locality in the Shire of Winton in north-western Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 census, Corfield and the surrounding area had a population of 380.

Geography

The town is on the Kennedy Developmental Road—the road linking Winton and Hughenden—1,438 kilometres (894 mi) north west of the state capital Brisbane and 513 kilometres (319 mi) south east of regional centre of Townsville.

History

In its earlier incarnation as a Cobb & Co changing station along the Hughenden to Winton mail route, the locality was named Manuka—after a nearby sheep station. When the railway linking Hughenden and Winton was built in 1899, the town was moved 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) west to the line and renamed Corfield after William Henry Corfield—a local carrier and businessman and later, a politician. The population of the town peaked at around thirty to forty residents and facilities included "five railway houses, plus the station master’s house, a post office, two petrol depots, a hotel and a school and teacher’s house ... a goods shed and railway building."

Corfield Post Office opened on 5 October 1898 and closed in 1991.

Corfield State School opened on 4 February 1957 and closed on 31 January 1975. It reopened on 27 January 1976 but closed again on 15 December 1989.

At the 2006 census, Corfield and the surrounding area had a population of 162.

Facilities

Corfield has since declined and now has a permanent village population of seven. The Corfield Pub is the main community facility in the village.

Events

The major social event in Corfield is the Corfield Cup—a pun on the better known Caulfield Cup run in Melbourne—run in early August.

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