County of Ward, Queensland facts for kids
Location within Queensland
The County of Ward is a county (a cadastral division) in the south-eastern corner of Queensland, Australia. The main urban area within the county is the city of the Gold Coast, and it also extends to include the southern parts of the West Moreton region centred on Beaudesert and Boonah.
Ward was first created by an Order in Council by the Governor of New South Wales on 30 December 1848. It was then described in the following terms:
County of Ward, containing about 1105 square miles. Bounded on the south by the range which runs from Point Danger to Mount Lindesay, and thence to Wilsons Peak on the Great Dividing Range; on the north-west by the range which divides the waters of the Teviot from those of the Bremer, until it meets the 28th parallel of south latitude; on the north by that parallel; and on the east by the sea-coast to Point Danger.
The Stanley–Ward boundary was somewhat imprecise — the 28th parallel met the sea near Southport, but gazettals and newspaper reports in the Moreton Bay Courier of land sales in the 1850s noted land between the Logan and Albert rivers as being within Ward, and numerous reports from 1863 onwards identified Boyd, Moffatt and Logan parishes to be part of Ward.
Upon the separation of Queensland from New South Wales in 1859, the southern boundary of Ward became part of the southern boundary of the new colony. On 7 March 1901, the Governor of Queensland proclaimed new boundaries under the Land Act 1897, which were described as follows:
Commencing at Point Danger, and bounded thence on the south by the southern boundary of the State; on the west by the western boundaries of the parishes of Alford, Coochin and Dugandan; on the north by Woollaman Creek and the Logan River; and on the east by Moreton Bay, the Broadwater and the Pacific Ocean.
Like all counties in Queensland, Ward is divided into parishes. The parishes current LGA and mapping coordinates to the approximate centre of each location is as follows:
|Albert||Gold Coast||Alberton, Ormeau (East), Woongoolba|
|Barrow||Gold Coast||Paradise Point, Oxenford|
|Beaudesert||Scenic Rim||Beaudesert, Laravale|
|Boyd||Logan||Beenleigh, Bethania, Windaroo|
|Cedar||Gold Coast||Tamborine Mountain, Upper Coomera|
|Coochin||Scenic Rim||Boonah, Mount Alford|
|Currigee||Gold Coast||South Stradbroke Island|
|Darlington||Gold Coast||Ormeau (West)|
|Gilston||Gold Coast||Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads|
|Moffatt||Logan||Logan Village, Waterford|
|Nerang||Gold Coast||Nerang, Southport, Carrara|
|Numinbah||Gold Coast||Numinbah Valley, Springbrook|
|Tallebudgera||Gold Coast||Palm Beach, Coolangatta|
|Witheren||Scenic Rim||Beechmont, Witheren|
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