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Texas
Queensland
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Aerial view of Texas, looking south with the aerodrome runway in the foreground, 2010
Texas is located in Queensland
Texas
Texas
Location in Queensland
Population 843 (2016 census)
 • Density 8.044/km2 (20.83/sq mi)
Established 1840s
Postcode(s) 4385
Elevation 297 m (974 ft)
Area 104.8 km2 (40.5 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s) Goondiwindi Region
State electorate(s) Southern Downs
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
26.9 °C
80 °F
11.3 °C
52 °F
659.1 mm
25.9 in
Localities around Texas:
Smithlea Limevale Silver Spur
Texas (NSW) Texas Silver Spur
Texas (NSW) Bonshaw (NSW) Silver Spur

Texas is a rural town and locality in the Goondiwindi Region, Queensland, Australia. It is on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. In the 2016 census, the locality of Texas had a population of 843 people.

Geography

The town is located just 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from Queensland's southern border with New South Wales, close to Bonshaw, New South Wales.

History

Texas sits on Bigambul land, the Indigenous people of the region inhabited the area for thousands of years prior to colonisation in the 1840s.

The origin of the town's name is generally regarded as a reference to a territorial dispute. The land in the area was first settled by the McDougall brothers, who found squatters there on returning from the goldfields. Once their legal right to the land was recognised, they named their property in honour of the rather more famous dispute between the United States and Mexico over territory in Texas, USA.

Texas was connected by the Texas railway line from Inglewood in November 1930 with the town being served by the Texas railway station. The line was closed in 1994.

Up until about 1986, tobacco farming was an important industry in the area and many Italian families settled the area to run and work the tobacco farms.

At the 2006 census, Texas had a population of 693.

Country Music

After a visit to Texas in 2002, and being involved in a car accident nearby, American Country/Rockabilly recording artist Jason Lee Wilson memorialised the town in a song TX, QLD, Australia. The song was included on the Cumberland Runners' 2004 debut album entitled Music to Haul By.

Previously, James Blundell had written and recorded a song entitled Texas as the B-side of his first single on the EMI label (EMI 2165), Cloncurry Cattle Song. On the single the writing credits of the two songs were inadvertently switched, but corrected on Blundell's debut, self-titled album (1989). Texas was composed by James Blundell and Doug Trevor, with Blundell and M. Hickson writing Cloncurry Cattle Song.

Lee Kernaghan also referenced the town in his 2002 hit song Texas, Qld 4385 from his Electric Rodeo album released in 2002.

Facilities

Texas has a public library, museum and cultural centre, swimming pool, bowling club, golf course, showground and a racecourse. The town also has a 809m runway.

Climate

Climate data for Texas, QLD
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 44.6
(112.3)
43.0
(109.4)
40.1
(104.2)
36.1
(97)
31.8
(89.2)
27.8
(82)
26.6
(79.9)
35.0
(95)
36.7
(98.1)
39.8
(103.6)
43.2
(109.8)
43.0
(109.4)
44.6
(112.3)
Average high °C (°F) 33.7
(92.7)
32.5
(90.5)
31.1
(88)
27.4
(81.3)
23.0
(73.4)
19.4
(66.9)
18.8
(65.8)
20.9
(69.6)
24.5
(76.1)
28.0
(82.4)
30.4
(86.7)
32.7
(90.9)
26.9
(80.4)
Average low °C (°F) 18.6
(65.5)
18.3
(64.9)
15.9
(60.6)
11.7
(53.1)
8.0
(46.4)
4.6
(40.3)
3.7
(38.7)
4.5
(40.1)
7.8
(46)
11.7
(53.1)
15.0
(59)
17.2
(63)
11.4
(52.5)
Record low °C (°F) 10.2
(50.4)
8.8
(47.8)
4.9
(40.8)
-0.4
(31.3)
-2.9
(26.8)
-7.6
(18.3)
-6.6
(20.1)
-5.2
(22.6)
-2.6
(27.3)
-2.1
(28.2)
2.8
(37)
6.2
(43.2)
-7.6
(18.3)
Rainfall mm (inches) 88.8
(3.496)
76.0
(2.992)
56.1
(2.209)
34.6
(1.362)
39.5
(1.555)
41.0
(1.614)
41.8
(1.646)
33.6
(1.323)
39.8
(1.567)
60.6
(2.386)
68.1
(2.681)
80.9
(3.185)
660.8
(26.016)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2mm) 7.3 6.3 5.4 3.7 4.4 5.7 6.0 5.3 5.1 6.6 7.1 7.8 70.7
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Economy

Farming is the dominant industry in the Texas region, although there is also a silver mine. A large cattle feedlot is located about 20 min from town.

Part of the Goondiwindi Region, Texas is administered from the nearby larger town of Goondiwindi.

As of 2022, Texas is serviced by three petrol stations. A Shell Branded service station sells both regular and premium (greater than 95 octane) unleaded petrol. Similarly, a BP service station, providing regular and premium petrol. A Metro service station adds to competitive pricing, in addition all 3 provide convenience store items in varying degrees plus takeout food options. All 3 stations provide diesel fuel.

Education

Block B and grounds, Texas State School, circa 2022
Block B and grounds, Texas State School, circa 2022

Texas P-10 State School is a government primary and secondary (Early Childhood-10) school for boys and girls at 1 Flemming Street (28°51′02″S 151°10′27″E / 28.8506°S 151.1742°E / -28.8506; 151.1742 (Texas P-10 State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 160 students with 16 teachers (15 full-time equivalent) and 16 non-teaching staff (9 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

There are no schools offering education to Year 12 in or near Texas (the nearest being in Stanthorpe and Goondiwindi). Distance education and boarding schools are options.

Notable people

  • James Blundell - singer
  • Travis Burns – Rugby League player
  • Peter Hitchener – Nine News Melbourne weekday presenter

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