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Murgon
Queensland
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The park on the main street of Murgon
Population 2,092 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4605
Location
LGA(s) South Burnett Region
State electorate(s) Callide
Federal Division(s) Wide Bay
Localities around Murgon:
Oakdale
Barlil
Tablelands Manyung
Wheatlands Murgon Moondooner
Ficks Crossing Cherbourg Redgate
Moffatdale

Murgon is a town and locality in the South Burnett Region, Queensland, Australia. It is situated on the Bunya Highway 270 kilometres (170 mi) north-west of the state capital, Brisbane. At the 2011 Australian Census the town recorded a population of 2,092.

Murgon is in the region of Queensland known as the South Burnett, the southern part of the Burnett River catchment. Attractions of Murgon include winemaking, fishing on the nearby Bjelke-Petersen Dam and gem-fossicking. Industries include peanuts, dairy farming, beef and cattle production and wine. The Indigenous Australian settlement of Cherbourg is just south of Murgon.

History

StateLibQld 1 103826 Unveiling the Murgon War Memorial on Anzac Day, 1920
Unveiling the Murgon War Memorial
StateLibQld 1 130911 War Memorial and Civic Centre in Lamb Street, Murgon, 1938
War Memorial and Civic Centre in Lamb Street, Murgon, 1938
MurgonWarMemorial
Murgon War Memorial, 2008
MurgonPublicHall
Civic Centre, 2008

Murgon Post Office opened by June 1908 (a receiving office had been open from 1904).

The foundation stone of the Murgon War Memorial was laid on 25 April 1920 (ANZAC Day) by Lieutenant Colonel Wilder Neligan. On 11 November 1921, the digger memorial was dedicated by RSL chairman, Major General Spencer Browne.

In the early 20th century the Nanango railway line reached the town. The town was the administrative centre for the former Shire of Murgon which existed from 1914 until 2008.

Heritage listings

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

  • Macalister Street: former South Burnett Co-operative Dairy Association Factory
  • 62-70 Lamb Street: Murgon Civic Centre

Fossils

Murgon is also close to a famous fossil site. The Murgon fossil site is the only such site in Australia with a diverse vertebrate fauna dating to the early Eocene epoch, around 55 million years ago, only 10 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Amenities

The South Burnett Regional Council operates a library in Murgon.

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