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Millmerran
Queensland
Rams Head Hotel, Millmerran.jpg
Rams Head Hotel, Millmerran
Population: 1566
Established: 1881
Postcode: 4357
Location:
LGA: Toowoomba Region
County: Derby
Parish: Domville
State District: Southern Downs
Federal Division: Maranoa

Millmerran /mɪlˈmɛrən/ is a town in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia. The town is on the Gore Highway, 208 kilometres (129 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane. At the 2011 census, Millmerran had a population of 1,566.

History

Millmerran is near a lookout commonly used by the local Aboriginal population prior to European settlement and the town's name is believed to be derived from two words - "meel" meaning "eye" and "merran" meaning "to look out". European settlement in the Millmerran area began in 1841 when the Gore brothers established the vast Yandilla station. Yandilla station covered an estimated 1,780 square kilometres (690 sq mi) and hosted its own school with 20 to 30 students, telegraph station and store. Closer settlement began after the passing of the Crown Lands Alienation Act in 1876, which allowed Edward Walpole to select a portion of Yandilla station. In 1881, Walpole established a general store on the site of what was known at the time as Back Creek, and a receiving office was opened with that name on 8 July 1883. It was elevated to the status of a post office, and the name changed to Domville, on 1 June 1889. The name was again changed to Millmerran on 16 November 1894.

In 1911, the Millmerran railway line reached the town.

Facilities

The Millmerran Library is operated by the Toowoomba Regional Council. It is located on Herbert Street and is open five days a week (Monday through Friday).

Millmerran also has a vibrant town center with two large grocery outlets (IGA and Foodworks), two large hardware stores (Mitre 10 and Home Hardware), a bakery, a 24 bed public hospital, medical centre, modern large equipped sports center and Olympic-sized swimming pool, and a large community centre complete with ballroom. For visitors, there are two caravan parks and an independent camping area for self-contained travelers.

The Bi-Annual Australian Camp Oven Festival is a nationally known even attracting visitors from all over Australia. Next event Oct 2018.


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