Banana, Queensland


Banana, Queensland

Infobox Australian Place | type = town
name = Banana
state = qld


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lga = Banana Shire Council
postcode = 4702
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Banana (postcode: 4702, coord|24|25|S|150|09|E|region:AU-Qld) is a small town located in Central Queensland, Australia, in the Banana Shire, a Local Government Area. The shire's population is approximately 14,300 (ABS 2003 estimate). Banana is located at the intersection of the Dawson and Leichhardt highways, 46 kilometres west of the shire's administrative centre, Biloela.

History

The town was named in the early 1860s. The name derives from an old dun-coloured working bullock, called Banana, used by local stockmen to help them when herding some of the wilder cattle into the yards. From series of articles published under the title "Queensland place names and obelisks" by Sydney May (formerly Honorary Secretary of the Queensland Place Names Committee) in "Local Government", June 1957 - November 1964]

At the time of the Canoona rush, gold was found in Banana's Gully (as it was then called) and a town of at least 2,000 people sprang up there.

The post office at Banana was established on 1 September 1861. [ Porter, Harry S. (1954) "Queensland Numeral Cancellations", p. 13. Melbourne: The Hawthorn Press]

The beef industry is still a mainstay of the town and area, along with coal and agriculture.

References

External links

* [http://www.bananass.qld.edu.au/community/index.html Community page for Banana]


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