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Stuart is bounded to the north-east by the Coral Sea. The North Coast railway line forms the western boundary with the Stuart railway station serving the suburb. The Bruce Highway passes from the south-east to the north-west through the suburb. The Flinders Highway passes from the south-west to its junction with the Bruce Highway. Most of this large suburb is undeveloped land with the developed land mostly used for infrastructure and industrial purposes. There is a small amount of residential development.[3]

The neighbourhood of Partington is within Stuart at 19°21′S 146°51′E / 19.35°S 146.85°E / -19.35; 146.85. It takes its name from a former railway siding on the North Coast railway line, which in turn was named after Joseph Partington, a local brickmaker.[4]


The suburb takes its name from the railway station, which was originally called Ayr Junction railway station in 1902, then Stewarts Creek railway station in 1938 and then Stuart railway station in 1939. It is thought that Stewart was just a temporary misspelling of Stuart and that the intention was to name the area after the first district surveyor appointed in 1865, Clarendon Stuart (1933-1912).[2]

Stewart's Creek Provisional School opened on 18 May 1891, becoming Stewart's Creek State School in 1901. In 1939 it was renamed Stuart State School.[5]

In December 1942, two classrooms of the Stuart State School on the outskirts of Townsville were used by the Army as the main Army Signals Communication Centre in North Queensland. The unit later moved to a concrete bunker at Roseneath.

In the 2011 census, Stuart had a population of 1,051 people.[6]

Heritage listingsEdit

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


Infrastructure in Stuart includes:

Industries in Stuart include:


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Stuart (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  2. ^ a b "Stuart (entry 47626)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Partington - unbounded locality in City of Townsville (entry 26142)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  5. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Stuart". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 February 2016.  
  7. ^ "Stewart's Creek Gaol (former) (entry 601250)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Operations and Signals Bunker (former) (entry 601708)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  9. ^ "St Brigid's Church (entry 600881)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Waste Facilities". Townsville City Council. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Sun Metals Corporation Pty. Ltd. Australia". Retrieved 6 March 2016.

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