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In 1854 Sir Charles Fitzroy named the Calliope River after a British battleship. The area was opened up to settlement around this time and the town that was subsequently established was named after the river.

In 1863 the Calliope gold field was declared. The rush attracted around 800 people by 1864 but the population declined by 1870 as the gold deposits were worked out.

The Diggers Arms hotel opened in Calliope during the 1860s and is still standing in town today.

After the demise of the gold field the town of Calliope survived as a rural service centre.

The Calliope Divisional Board, later the Calliope Shire Council, was founded in 1879.

The small town of Calliope is located just 21 kilometres west of Gladstone. In 2001 the Census recorded the population of Calliope and surrounds as 1,662 people.

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