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Queanbeyan Local History

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The beautiful city of Queanbeyan is located in the southeastern corner of New South Wales, in Australia. It is situated on the Queanbeyan River, and is only 15km from the city of Canberra. The city has a long and fascinating history, dating back to the early 19th century.

The first European to settle in the Queanbeyan area was Joshua John Moore, who arrived in the area in 1820. By 1825, Queanbeyan had become a popular location for settlers looking for land to farm, and a number of small settlements were established in the area. However, the town of Queanbeyan itself was not officially established until 1838, when it became the administrative centre for the district of Queanbeyan.

During the mid-19th century, Queanbeyan became an important centre for the wool industry, with many sheep stations in the surrounding area. In 1860, the railway line was extended to Queanbeyan, which allowed the town to grow and prosper. By the turn of the century, Queanbeyan had become a bustling town with a population of over 2,500 people.

During World War I, many of Queanbeyan's young men enlisted in the Australian Army and fought overseas. The town also became an important centre for the production of wool, which was used to make uniforms for the soldiers. After the war, the town continued to grow and develop, with new schools, churches, and businesses opening up.

In 1921, a devastating fire swept through the town, destroying many of the buildings in the main street. However, the town was quickly rebuilt, and by the 1930s, Queanbeyan had become a popular tourist destination, with visitors coming to see the town's beautiful historic buildings, as well as the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside.

During World War II, Queanbeyan once again played an important role in the war effort, with many local men enlisting in the armed forces. The town also became a centre for the production of food and other essential supplies, as part of the war effort.

In the post-war period, Queanbeyan continued to grow and develop, with new businesses, industries, and housing estates being built. By the 1960s, the town had a population of over 7,000 people, and had become an important centre for government administration, education, and tourism.

Today, Queanbeyan is a thriving modern city, with a population of over 40,000 people. It is home to a variety of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, and education, as well as a range of cultural and recreational activities. The city's rich history is celebrated in its many historic buildings and sites, including the Queanbeyan Museum, the Old Police Station, and the Queanbeyan Railway Precinct.

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