Childers, Queensland

Childers is a rural town and locality in the Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Childers had a population of 1,584 people.[1]

Childers
Queensland
Childers Main Street.jpg
Childers Main Street
Childers is located in Queensland
Childers
Childers
Coordinates25°14′11″S 152°16′39″E / 25.2363°S 152.2775°E / -25.2363; 152.2775Coordinates: 25°14′11″S 152°16′39″E / 25.2363°S 152.2775°E / -25.2363; 152.2775
Population1,584 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density82.50/km2 (213.7/sq mi)
Established1885
Postcode(s)4660
Elevation109.0 m (358 ft)
Area19.2 km2 (7.4 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s)Bundaberg Region
State electorate(s)Burnett
Federal Division(s)Hinkler
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
26.9 °C
80 °F
15.4 °C
60 °F
1,056.8 mm
41.6 in
Localities around Childers:
North Isis North Isis North Isis
Apple Tree Creek Childers Doolbi
Kullogum Kullogum South Isis
The rebuilt Palace Hotel
Childers local businesses
Federal Hotel

GeographyEdit

Childers is in the Wide Bay-Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, situated on the Bruce Highway and lies 325 kilometres (202 mi) north of the state capital Brisbane and 52 kilometres (32 mi) south-west of Bundaberg. The Isis Highway runs south from the Bruce Highway in Childers.[4]

The township is set on a ridge overlooking fields of rich volcanic soil.

HistoryEdit

Gureng Gureng (also known as Gooreng Gooreng, Goreng Goreng, Goeng, Gurang, Goorang Goorang, Korenggoreng) is an Australian Aboriginal language spoken by the Gureng Gureng people. The Gooreng Gooreng language region includes the towns of Bundaberg, Gin Gin and Miriam Vale extending south towards Childers, inland to Monto and Mt Perry.[5]

The Childers area was traditionally inhabited by the Dundaburra group who are part of Kabi Kabi tribes of the Wide Bay Burnett in the northernmost area. Their descendants still live in the area.[6]

Europeans first arrived in the area in the 1850s. Pastoralists established properties soon after to raise cattle on the fertile lands. Back then, sugar was (as it is now) the key crop grown in the Isis.

The town was established in 1885. The Isis railway line to Childers opened in 1887 and was pivotal in the early development of the area. Childers Post Office opened on 14 November 1887.[7] The town is reportedly named after Hugh Childers, British statesman, who was the Auditor-General of Victoria in the 1850s.[8]

Isistown Provisional School opened circa 1888 and closed circa 1890.[9]

Childers Provisional School opened on 28 January 1889. In 1891 it became Childers State School. A secondary department was added in January 1913 and operated until Isis District State High School was established in 1961. A pre school was added in 1976.[9]

Isis Central Mill Provisional School opened on 23 January 1899. On 1 January 1909 it became Isis Central Mill State School. It closed on 11 December 1987.[9]

A 1902 fire destroyed much of the town centre.

St Joseph's Catholic School was established on 24 January 1926 by the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.[9][10]

The railway line closed in 1964.

The town made international headlines in June 2000, when an arsonist set fire to the Palace Backpackers Hostel, claiming the lives of 15 tourists. The Palace Building reopened in 2002, and includes a memorial to those lost in the blaze, a Regional Art Gallery and an Information Centre.

The Childers Library opened in 2000 with a major refurbishment in 2014.[11]

PopulationEdit

In the 2016 Census, there were 1,584 people in Childers. 80.1% of people were born in Australia and 87.0% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 23.0%, Anglican 21.2% and Catholic 17.8%.[1]

Heritage listingsEdit

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

EconomyEdit

Childers is renowned for its heritage character and is classified a National Trust town. The historic colonial buildings of the main street (Bruce Highway) are set amongst large, shady leopard trees. The sugar cane industry features prominently in Childers and has sustained the town over the years. Fruit and vegetable cropping is common on the lands around town. Tourism is a growing industry in Childers, with a number of the preserved historic buildings in town becoming tourist attractions.

Childers acts as a major economic centre in the Wide Bay-Burnett Region and is undergoing considerable growth.

Childers retains much of its historic significance, although many of the streets were redeveloped under a 'Streetscape' project that continues today.

The local tourism organisation "Stay in Childers" is a not for profit incorporated association made up of local businesses.[39]

 
Historic Picture

ServicesEdit

The Isis Town and Country is the town's local newspaper, available once a week on Thursday. Childers is also served by a monthly community newspaper, the Childers Chit Chat, as well as its own radio station, 88.0FM Red Dirt Radio and commercial radio station Rebel 106.7.

In addition, the town services the surrounding areas with its small hospital. Childers has its own courthouse. The town has several emergency service faculties including a police station, ambulance station and fire station housing Fire and Rescue Queensland Staff and Queensland Rural Fire Service volunteers. It also hosts a branch of the State Emergency Service and PCYC Emergency Services Cadets program

Childers has many general local servicess, an art gallery (Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery- BRAG) and Information Centre. Cultural entertainment facilitated through the Childers Cultural Centre- a town hall hired through the Bundaberg Regional Council.

Bundaberg Regional Libraries operate a public library at 49 Churchill Street.[40]

The Childers branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at 1 Crescent Street.[41]

EducationEdit

Childers State School is a government primary (Early Childhood-6) school for boys and girls at Mungomery Street (25°13′52″S 152°16′49″E / 25.2311°S 152.2803°E / -25.2311; 152.2803 (Childers State School)).[42][43] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 308 students with 24 teachers (22 full-time equivalent) and 20 non-teaching staff (14 full-time equivalent).[44] It includes a special education program.[42]

Isis District State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at 3 Ridgway Street (25°13′59″S 152°16′26″E / 25.2331°S 152.2739°E / -25.2331; 152.2739 (Isis District State High School)).[42][45] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 504 students with 48 teachers (46 full-time equivalent) and 33 non-teaching staff (22 full-time equivalent).[44] It includes a special education program.[42]

St Joseph's School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 40 Churchill Street (25°14′09″S 152°16′52″E / 25.2359°S 152.2811°E / -25.2359; 152.2811 (St Joseph's School)).[42][46] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 75 students with 8 teachers (7 full-time equivalent) and 9 non-teaching staff (5 full-time equivalent).[44]

FestivalsEdit

Childers holds a Multicultural Festival once a year on the final weekend in July.[47] The town also hosts an agricultural show; which in the past was held in early August, but is now hosted in late May or early June.

As a celebration of its cultural heritage, Childers also hosts events in October to celebrate the Crush Festival- a region-wide event to mark the end of the sugar-cane crushing season.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

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