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Find Yeppoon

Yeppoon's first settlers, the Ross family, arrived in 1865.

The town reserve, which became known as Bald Hills and later Yeppoon, was surveyed in 1867. The town reserve was proclaimed in April 1868. Though intended as a coastal resort town for Rockhampton, 40 kilometres west, Yeppoon initially developed as an agricultural area.

In the late 1870s a road from Rockhampton to Yeppoon was constructed and the town grew in the 1880s, receiving mail coach services from 1883 and gaining a provisional school in 1885. The first state school at Yeppoon opened in 1889 in a building which remains today.

The railway reached Yeppoon in 1910, promoting the town's growth as a coastal resort destination.

Following WWI most Queensland towns erected war memorials. Yeppoon's public commemoration of its soldiers included renaming 'The Esplanade' as 'Anzac Parade'. This was one of three streets along which avenues of trees, symbolic of continuing life, were planted in 1921. Trees and missing plaques on James Street were replaced in 1984. The memorial Obelisk was erected in Beaman Park in 1952.

Yeppoon is today a coastal resort town on the Capricorn Coast. It is also the Livingstone Shire's main centre.

Capricorn Coast Historical Society Inc
Information: The Capricorn Coast Historical Society is dedicated to making our past a living history. The Society's mission is to collect physical evidence of the past (including stories of local people, places and events); to identify and maintain historic sites; encourage research; and promote and increase public awareness and knowledge of the unique heritage and history of the region. The Society's small but distinctive collection is housed in the Livingstone Shire Yeppoon Library. It includes: historical photographs, diaries, maps, manuscripts and memorabilia. The Collection Room is attended every Thursday from 10am to 1pm and by appointment.
Events: To compensate for the lack of display facilities, the Society conducts Magical History Tours (by foot, boat, car or bus) to significant historical sites, and produces informative souvenir booklets for the occasion.
President Phone: 07 4933 7006
Contact: Mary Bevis (President)

80 John Street
Yeppoon QLD 4703

Email: marybevis@bigpond.com
Website: http://www.collectionsaustralia.net/institutions/5965.html
Capricorn Coast Information Centre
Information: Open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Phone: 07 4939 4888; 1800 675 785
Fax: 07 4939 1696

Ross Creek Roundabout, Scenic Highway
Yeppoon QLD

Postal Address:

PO Box 166
Yeppoon QLD 4703

Email: admin@capricorncoast.com.au
Website: http://www.capricorncoast.com.au



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