Eidsvold (/ˈdzvld/) is a rural town and locality in the North Burnett Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] The town is the self-proclaimed Beef Capital of the Burnett and is a hub for the regional cattle industry. In the 2016 census, Eidsvold had a population of 574 people.[1]

Geography

Arriving at Eidsvold from the north on the Burnett Highway, 2011

Eidsvold is situated on the Burnett Highway approximately 430 kilometres (270 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane. The highway passes through the locality from the south-east to the north-east, passing through the town's main street (Moreton Street). The Mungar Junction to Monto branch railway passes from south-east to north-east through the locality, roughly parallel to the highway; the serves the town.[4] The Eidsvold Theodore Road (State Route 73) runs south and then west from the town.[5]

History

Wakka Wakka (Waka Waka, Wocca Wocca, Wakawaka) is an Australian Aboriginal language spoken in the Burnett River catchment. The Wakka Wakka language region includes the landscape within the local government boundaries of the North and South Burnett Regional Council, particularly the towns of Eidsvold, Cherbourg, Murgon, Kingaroy, Gayndah and Mundubbera.[6]

The town is named for Eidsvold Station, a nearby property, that is named for Eidsvoll, Norway (using the pre-1918 spelling) where the Norwegian Constitution was signed in 1814.[2] The station was given this name by the Archer brothers, Scottish settlers who also had land holdings in Norway. The Eidsvold run was licensed to Thomas Archer in June 1848.

The Town Reserve, 3 miles (4.8 km) east of the station homestead, was proclaimed 19 March 1890.

The post office opened 19 September 1887.[7]

At the 2006 census, Eidsvold had a population of 459.[8]

In the 2011 census, Eidsvold had a population of 630 people.[9]

Heritage listings

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

  • Cemetery Road: Eidsvold No.1 Cemetery[10]
  • Eidsvold Road: Eidsvold Homestead[11][10]
  • 22 Golden Spur Street: Dr Tom Bancroft's Laboratory[10]
  • Hodgkinson Street: former Eidsvold Court House[10]
  • Off Mount Rose Street: Eidsvold Goldfield (Mount Rose Mine)[10]
  • Off Racecourse Road: Eidsvold Racecourse[10]

Facilities

Eidsvold has an R. M. Williams Australian bush learning centre, historical museum and complex, swimming pool, showground and bowling and golf clubs.

The North Burnett Regional Council operate a public library at 36 Moreton Street.[12]

The historical museum pays tribute to the 62 soldiers from the Eidsvold area that served in the First World War. Displays include photographs, medals and the Shire of Eidsvold Honour Board.[13]

The Eidsvold branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the QCWA Hall at 40 Moreton Street.[14]

Education

Eidsvold State School is a government primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 7 Hodgkinson Street (25°22′20″S 151°07′16″E / 25.3723°S 151.1212°E / -25.3723; 151.1212 (Eidsvold State School)).[15][16] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 92 students with 11 teachers and 12 non-teaching staff (8 full-time equivalent).[17]

Notable residents

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Eidsvold (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Eidsvold - town in North Burnett Region (entry 11282)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Eidsvold - locality in North Burnett Region (entry 45346)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  5. ^ Google (13 August 2019). "Eidsvold, Queensland" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  6. ^ CC-BY-icon-80x15.png This Wikipedia article incorporates CC-BY-4.0 licensed text from: "Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages map". State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  7. ^ Frew, Joan (1981) Queensland Post Offices 1842-1980 and Receiving Offices 1869-1927, p. 263. Fortitude Valley, Queensland: published by the author, ISBN 0-9593973-0-2
  8. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Eidsvold (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 October 2007.
  9. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Eidsvold (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 August 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ a b c d e f "North Burnett Local Heritage Register" (PDF). North Burnett Regional Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 August 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Eidsvold Homestead (entry 600489)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Library Services". Gympie Regional Council. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  13. ^ Every, Niles (14 December 2017). "Eidsvold's soldiers". Queensland's World War 1 Centenary Blog. State Library of Queensland. Archived from the original on 17 April 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  15. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Eidsvold State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  17. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.

External links

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