Richmond is situated on the southern banks of the state’s longest river, the Flinders, approximately 522km due west of Townsville in the centre of Queensland’s North West.

The town of Richmond stands 216 metres above sea level on the border of rolling downs country. South of Richmond the open downs stretch away east, south and west covered by a thick body of Mitchell and Flinders grass. North of the Flinders River is a narrow belt of the same fertile country broken by belts of timber and limestone ridges. Further northeast,the black boulders of the basalt wall are visible and north-west the forest country stretches away to the Gulf.

The Shire of Wyangarie (meaning Aboriginal “Hut”) came into effect on 1 January 1916 and this was changed to Richmond Shire Council on 31 July 1954.

Richmond residents have been described as a friendly bunch of people with community pride and spirit as demonstrated by the higher than Queensland average for volunteers (of 34.6%) volunteering their time and services to the community.

Thanks to Richmond Shire Council, who granted permission for this information to be taken from their Community Plan

Climate

Climate
Above Image Credits: Banner Patricia Woodgate, Right Trish Hudspith Photographics, Kim Hughes

Richmond has a dry tropical climate. The majority of rain falls from late December to March, during the wet season. The area experiences a long, mild and generally sunny winter from April to September, before a hot build up in late October, through to when the rain starts in December. 

Statistics

The following statistics can be found on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website, and are from the 2011 Census.

Population: 827

Average Age: 37

Number of families living in Richmond: 217

Families made up of couples with children: 42.3%

34.6% of people aged 15 years or over completed unpaid voluntary work for a local organisation. This compares to the Queensland average of 18.7%.

Smoothed unemployment rate, March quarter, 2012 was 4.8%, which compares to a Queensland average of 5.5%. (Office of Economic and Statistical Research)

History - Interactive Timeline - 1861 to Current

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Back in 1861...

Explorer William Landsborough notes in his journal...

1864

Richmond is born...

1866

First Post Office...
Hotels built...

1872

First Bank...

1880

Gold was first discovered at the Woolgar.

1881

Original Richmond Stores than known as Goldring & Tolano was built.

1882

The first Police Station was built

1888

The first butcher was established by E Winkworth
The first Blacksmith was J Yule & Joseph McEwan

1889

The Richmond State School was opened

1890

The Carrar & Talmoi Wool Scours were established

1898

The original Hospital was built

1900

The first bore was drilled

1902

The Cordial Factory was built

1903

The original St Brigid’s Catholic Church was built...
Photographer – Edward Spike
Chemist – Oscar Baneke
Federal Place Hotel was built

1904

The Richmond Record Newspaper was established
The railway reached Richmond

1905

Draper – E Mellick

1908

Site of Maxwellton Township was chosen

1915

St Joseph’s Convent School was opened.

1916

The Shire of Wyangarie was established...

1920

The first plane, Gipsy Moth landed in Richmond.

1923

The most significant tragedy in Richmond’s history – Fire...

1944

The Australian Defence Force arrived at Talmoi...

1948

Airport was opened where it stands today

1952

The Lights of Richmond were first switched on.

1954

Naming the Shire of Richmond...

1956

Richmond's War Memorial Swimming Pool was built.

1964

The High School opened.

1985

The first Richmond Field Day started.

2002

Lake Fred Tritton was constructed.
 

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