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Georgetown
Queensland
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Entry into Georgetown
Population: 243
Postcode: 4871
Elevation: 292 m (958 ft)
Location:
LGA: Shire of Etheridge
State District: Mount Isa
Federal Division: Kennedy
Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Annual Rainfall
32.6 °C
91 °F
18.4 °C
65 °F
817.7 mm
32.2 in
Localities around Georgetown:
Strathmore Abingdon Downs Talaroo
Gilbert River Georgetown Einasleigh
Gilbert River Northhead Forsayth

Georgetown is a town and locality in the Shire of Etheridge, Queensland, Australia. In the 2011 census, Georgetown had a population of 243 people.

Geography

Georgetown is on the Etheridge River in Far North Queensland, Australia. The Gulf Developmental Road passes through the town, linking Cairns - 380 kilometres (240 mi) to the east - and Normanton - 301 kilometres (187 mi) to the west. Georgetown is the administrative headquarters of the Shire of Etheridge, a local government area encompassing the nearby settlements of Mount Surprise, Forsayth and Einasleigh.

History

The Etheridge River was the site of a gold rush in the 1870s; the town of Georgetown was established on the site of the diggings. Originally known by the name Etheridge, the town's name was changed in 1871 to honour an early gold commissioner, Howard St George. Georgetown Post Office opened on 15 January 1872. Georgetown State School opened on 14 Sep 1874.

By 1900 grazing had replaced gold mining as the region's primary source of income.

At the 2006 census, Georgetown had a population of 254.

Heritage listings

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

  • Gulf Developmental Road: Aspasia Mine and Battery
  • South Street: Antbed House

Facilities

Georgetown has a public library, racecourse, swimming pool and a tourist information centre and camping/caravan park.

In 2014, Georgetown State School had an enrolment of 57 students with 3 teachers.

Climate

Climate data for Georgetown
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 43.5
(110.3)
41.0
(105.8)
39.2
(102.6)
38.3
(100.9)
36.8
(98.2)
34.8
(94.6)
35.4
(95.7)
37.0
(98.6)
39.5
(103.1)
42.6
(108.7)
43.3
(109.9)
43.5
(110.3)
43.5
Average high °C (°F) 34.4
(93.9)
33.5
(92.3)
33.4
(92.1)
32.5
(90.5)
30.4
(86.7)
28.2
(82.8)
28.2
(82.8)
30.0
(86)
33.0
(91.4)
35.8
(96.4)
36.6
(97.9)
36.1
(97)
32.7
(90.9)
Average low °C (°F) 22.9
(73.2)
22.7
(72.9)
21.5
(70.7)
19.4
(66.9)
16.1
(61)
13.1
(55.6)
12.0
(53.6)
13.1
(55.6)
16.2
(61.2)
19.7
(67.5)
21.7
(71.1)
22.8
(73)
18.4
(65.1)
Record low °C (°F) 10.6
(51.1)
15.1
(59.2)
11.1
(52)
5.0
(41)
2.2
(36)
-0.6
(30.9)
-3.0
(26.6)
-1.1
(30)
2.2
(36)
6.7
(44.1)
8.9
(48)
11.1
(52)
-17.8
Precipitation mm (inches) 224.9
(8.854)
212.9
(8.382)
123.1
(4.846)
28.8
(1.134)
9.3
(0.366)
10.4
(0.409)
6.7
(0.264)
4.3
(0.169)
6.4
(0.252)
16.7
(0.657)
50.7
(1.996)
127.8
(5.031)
822
(32.362)
Avg. precipitation days 13.7 12.9 8.3 2.7 1.2 1.2 0.8 0.4 0.7 2.0 5.3 9.5 58.7
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

In popular culture

Georgetown is one of the real locations mentioned several times in the novel "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil Shute.


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