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Georgetown is a town on the Etheridge River in Far North Queensland, Australia. The Gulf Developmental Road passes through the town, linking Cairns - 412km to the east - and Normanton - 301km to the west. Georgetown is the administrative headquarters of the Shire of Etheridge, a local government area encompassing the nearby settlements of Mount Surprise, Forsayth and Einasleigh. At the 2006 census, Georgetown had a population of 254.The Etheridge River was the site of a gold rush in the 1870s; the town of Georgetown was established on the site of the diggings. Originally known by the name Etheridge, the town's name was changed in 1871 to honour an early gold commissioner, Howard St George. Georgetown Post Office opened on 15 January 1872. By 1900 grazing had replaced gold mining as the region's primary source of income.Georgetown is one of the real locations mentioned several times in the novel "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil Shute.Heritage listingsGeorgetown has a number of heritage-listed sites, including: Forsayth-Agate Creek - Ortona (Iona) Station Road: Ortona Mine and Battery Gulf Development Road: Aspasia Mine and Battery South Street: Antbed House
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