Rockhampton, the biggest city in the Fitzroy River Basin, is 640 km north of Brisbane, just north of the Tropic of Capricorn. It is 40 km upstream from the mouth of the Fitzroy River, and is the largest town in the Fitzroy River Basin, a region extending further inland than the area usually thought of as Capricornia. With its spectacular riverside setting, it was, by the 1890s, along with Charters Towers, Toowoomba and Ipswich, one of Queensland's greatest inland cities. Many of the main buildings of that era survive, giving the central area of the city a continuing sense of grandeur.

Further Reading: 

Lorna McDonald, Rockhampton: a history of city and district, Rockhampton, Rockhampton City Council, 1995

Edith Neish et al, Capricornia Queensland: a heritage sketchbook, Rockhampton, CQU Press, 2001

Rockhampton centenary 1855-1955, Rockhampton, Rockhampton Centenary Management Committee, 1955

Rockhampton and District Regional Research and Promotion Bureau, The Rockhampton story [promotional booklet], 1960s

Delroi Bolger (et al), Rocky kids: memories of growing up in Rockhampton in the 1940s and 1950s, Rockhampton, Woolwash Press, 2009

Allenstown, Berserker, Depot Hill, Frenchville, Kawana, Koongal, Norman Gardens, Park Avenue, Parkhurst, The Range, Wandal and West Rockhampton entries


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