Peachester is a small town and locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3]

Geography

Peachester is located on the eastern slopes of the Conondale Range in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

History

Peachester was named when the town was surveyed in 1888 and it is thought that the name refers to peach trees which were growing at the river crossing.

A public hall was built at the town in 1889, and was home to the Peachester school when it started in 1892.[4][5]

Early industries included dairying, timber felling for Grigor's sawmill.[6]

On Wednesday 20 June 1906 the Venerable H. F. Le Fanu, Archdeacon of Toowoomba performed a stump capping ceremony for the new Anglican church.[7] St Andrew's Anglican church was dedicated on 1 January 1908 by Archdeacon Le Fanu. The church was destroyed on New Year’s Day 1 June 1963 by Tropical Cyclone Annie and was not rebuilt.[8][9][10]

Peachester Post Office opened by 1918 (a receiving office had been open from 1895) and closed in 1974.[11]

Between the 1930s and 1950s, Peachester was known as the home of Inigo Jones, the long range weather forecaster.[6]

A fruit case factory for fruit growers operated in the 1920s and post World War II years.[6]

At the 2006 census, Peachester had a population of 452.[12]

In the 2011 census, Peachester had a population of 1,259 people.[1]

Heritage listings

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

Amenities

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits near the Community Hall.[14]

The Peachester branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at Peachester Hall at 963 Peachester Road.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Peachester (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 July 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Peachester - town (entry 26220)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Peachester - locality (entry 48833)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Peachester SS". Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Peachester: Queensland Places". Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Stump Capping Service". Chronicle And North Coast Advertiser. 3, (152). Queensland, Australia. 22 June 1906. p. 4. Retrieved 25 September 2020 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  8. ^ "Closed Churches". Anglican Records & Archives Centre. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Parish profile" (PDF). The Anglican Parish of Caloundra-Glasshouse Country. pp. 3–4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 September 2020. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Backward Glance: Auld Lang Syne – memories old and new". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  11. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  12. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Peachester (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2009.
  13. ^ "Peachester Public Dip (entry 602705)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Libraries: Mobile timetable". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. 7 June 2016. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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