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Edmonton, Queensland

Where is Edmonton?

Yes, Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta.  However, Edmonton is also a town in Far North Queensland in Australia. Once a small sugar town, Edmonton is fast becoming a suburb of nearby Cairns City.

Tropical Edmonton Australia

Edmonton Australia is often the search term, to avoid confusing the town with the Canadian metropolis also named Edmonton. Located on Latitude 17 south of the equator, Edmonton is a tropical city.

Local Government

Edmonton lies within the Local Government Municipality of Cairns Regional Council.

Edmonton Queensland – History

North of Gordonvale was the town of Edmonton, halfway between Gordonvale and Cairns. In 1965 Edmonton had a smaller population than Gordonvale, and a much smaller population than Cairns, which had a bustling 54 000 people. Edmonton also had a sugar mill and was typical of most country towns of that time.

The town had two pubs, the Hambledon Hotel and the Grafton Hotel. The main sources of employment were a meat-works on the outskirts of town and the Hambledon Sugar Mill. A strong sense of community, characterised most Queensland towns of the era.

The Sugar Industry

In Edmonton the hub of the sugar industry was the Hambledon Mill. A Melbourne biscuit maker by the name of Thomas Swallow, established the Hambledon mill in 1882.

By the 1940s, located next to the mill were houses for mill staff, all owned and paid for by the mighty Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR).

Hambledon Sugar Mill in Far North Queensland
Hambledon Sugar Mill in Far North Queensland

This mill community, while owned by CSR, was what the staff made of it. CSR employees built their own swimming pool and tennis courts to enhance the area. ‘Mill houses’ were overwhelmingly occupied by white-collar staff such as accountants, chemists and managers.

Education Facilities

State Schools

Edmonton is fortunate to have two state funded primary schools. Hambledon State School has a rich heritage and was established over 100 years ago. Isabella State School was established early this century and like its older neighbour, it boosts modern facilities.

Hambledon State School
Hambledon State School

Edmonton Australia has produced many notable people.

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