Mount Perry is a small town and locality in the North Burnett Region in southeastern Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Mount Perry had a population of 538 people.[1] The neighbourhood of Drummers Creek is in the locality (25°09′00″S 151°39′00″E / 25.1500°S 151.6500°E / -25.1500; 151.6500 (Drummers Creek, Queensland)).[4]

Geography

Mount Perry is about 365 kilometres (227 mi) northwest of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, and about 100 kilometres (62 mi) west of Bundaberg. The town is nestled in a valley near Mount Perry, the area's highest mountain. The Normanby Lookout is located on Normanby Range Road off Towns Creek Road from the Gin Gin-Mount Perry Road and offers views of the Mount Perry Township and the surrounding countryside. Schuh’s Lookout is on Schuhs Road off the Monto Mount Perry Road at the top of the range, offering views south of Mount Perry.[5]

History

Mount Perry railway station, 1925

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.[6]

The locality takes its name from Mount Perry pastoral run which was named in 1857. Originally there were two private towns known as Fife-Barnett and the town of Tenningering. Tenningering was renamed Mount Perry on 14 January 1915.[2]

Mount Perry Post Office opened on 26 July 1871. It was known as Tenninering between 1882 and 1884.[7]

Drummer's Creek Provisional School opened on 5 April 1880. On 1 January 1909 it became Drummer's Creek State School. It closed in 1959.[8]

Mount Perry was connected by the Mount Perry railway line to Bundaberg from 1884 until 1960.[9]

At the 2006 census, Mount Perry had a population of 431 people.[10]

At the 2011 census, Mount Perry had a population of 480 people.[11]

Economy

Mount Perry is a rural farming area, primarily raising cattle. Gold mining continues as an important industry. Evolution Mining owns and operates Mt Rawdon Mine which is a gold and silver mine with annual community tours. Mount Perry has historic copper workings. The Mount Perry Race Club runs horse racing events.

Facilities

Mount Perry has an art gallery and a bicentennial museum with active historic gold stamper (demonstrations on request). There is a government-run health centre and a 9-hole golf course. There is a general store, petrol station and post office (with bank agency), a primary school, motel and a hotel.

An 18 km section of the Bicentennial National Trail passes through the Mount Perry area and is ideal for walking, cycling or horse riding activities.

The North Burnett Regional Council operates a public library at 34 Heusman Street.[12]

The Mount Perry branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at 73 Heusman Street.[13]

Heritage listings

St Patrick's Church, 2009

Mount Perry has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Notable people

  • Florence Broadhurst (1899 – 1977), Australian wallpaper and fabrics designer was born in Mount Perry[18]
  • George Martens, Member of the Australia House of Representatives, was born in Mount Perry
  • Harold George Nelson, Member of the Australian House of Representatives worked in Mount Perry

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mount Perry (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Mount Perry - town (entry 44226)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Mount Perry - locality (entry 45395)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Drummers Creek - unbounded locality in the Bundaberg Region (entry 39251)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Mount Perry - Scenic Drives". Archived from the original on 19 October 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Gureng Gureng". State Library of Queensland. 21 January 2020.
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  8. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  9. ^ Rails to Mount Perry Milne, Rod Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, August, 1998 pp294-301
  10. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Mount Perry (Perry Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  11. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Mount Perry (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 August 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  12. ^ "Library Services". Gympie Regional Council. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  14. ^ a b c d "North Burnett Local Heritage Register" (PDF). North Burnett Regional Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 August 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Masonic Lodge (entry 600765)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Mount Perry Powder Magazine (entry 602782)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  17. ^ "St Patricks Church (entry 600764)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  18. ^ Van de Ven, Anne-Marie (2005). "Broadhurst, Florence Maud (1899–1977)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018.

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