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Mission River
Queensland
Population 987 (2016 census)
 • Density 0.17614/km2 (0.4562/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4874
Area 5,603.5 km2 (2,163.5 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)
  • Shire of Cook
  • Aboriginal Shire of Napranum
State electorate(s) Cook
Federal Division(s) Leichhardt
Suburbs around Mission River:
Gulf of Carpentaria Mapoon Wenlock
Weipa & suburbs Mission River Wenlock
Gulf of Carpentaria Aurukun Archer River

Mission River is a coastal rural locality split between the Shire of Cook and the Aboriginal Shire of Napranum in Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census Mission River had a population of 987 people.

Geography

Within Mission River are the enclaves of Evans Landing, Nanum, Rocky Point, Trunding, and Weipa Airport, all of which are part of Weipa Town.

History

Linngithigh (also known as Winda Winda and Linginiti) an Australian Aboriginal language spoken by the Linngithigh people. The Linngithigh language region includes landscape within the local government boundaries of the Cook Shire Council: Western Cape York, Winda Winda Creek, Mission River, and Archer River.

Thaynakwith (also known as Awngthim, Tainikuit and Winduwinda) is an Australian Aboriginal language spoken on Western Cape York in the Weipa area taking in Albatross Bay and Mission River. The language region includes areas within the local government boundaries of Weipa Town Council and Cook Shire.

The locality was probably named during 1895 by missionary J. Nicholas Hey and administrator John Douglas (Government Resident of Thursday Island from 1885 to 1904).

In the 2016 census Mission River had a population of 987 people.

Education

There are no schools in Mission River. The nearest pimary and secondary school is Western Cape State College in Rocky Point in Weipa.

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