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About Grafton

Grafton, New South Wales

 

The city of Grafton is the commercial hub of the Clarence River Valley. Established in 1851, Grafton features many historic buildings and tree-lined streets. Located approximately 630 kilometres north of Sydney and 340 km south ofBrisbane, Queensland, Grafton and the Clarence Valley can be reached by road, rail or air. At the 2006 census, Grafton had a population of 17,501 people

 

 

Grafton

New South Wales


Graftonbridge1.jpg
The Grafton Bridge across the Clarence River.

 

History


Before European settlement, the Clarence River marked the border between the Bundjalung and Gumbainggir people, and so descendants of both language groups can now be found in the Grafton region.

Grafton, like many other settlements in the area, was first opened up to white settlement by the cedar-getters. An escaped convict, Richard Craig, 'discovered' the district in 1831. With the wealth of 'red gold' cedar just waiting for exploitation, he was given a pardon and one hundred pounds to bring a party of cedar-getters on the cutter 'Prince George' to the region. Word of such wealth to be had did not take long to spread and one of the arrivals was pioneer John Small on the 'Susan' in 1838, and he first occupied land on Woodford Island. 'The Settlement' (as the embryonic Grafton was then imaginatively named) was established shortly after.

In 1851, Governor FitzRoy officially named the town "Grafton", after his grandfather, the Duke of Grafton, a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Grafton was proclaimed a city in 1885. Local industries include logging, beef cattle, fishing/prawning, sugar, manufacturing and tourism.

The town is also known for its double-decker road/railway bridge, opened in 1932, completing the standard gauge rail connection between Sydney and Brisbane, and also forming a vital link for the Pacific Highway. This bridge is a one of a kind and is a major feature on the Clarence River in Grafton.

 


Culture


Grafton is also known as the Jacaranda City, in reference to its tree-lined streets and annual Jacaranda Festival, held in October/November.

Grafton is also well known for the Grafton Cup horse race, held yearly on the second Thursday in July. A half day holiday is observed in Grafton for this event.

Grafton is the birthplace of several renowned country music players. Local artist, Troy Cassar-Daley received four Golden Guitar awards at the 2006 Tamworth Country Music Awards – the largest and most prestigious country music awards in Australia. At the same event Samantha McClymont, the 2005/2006 Grafton Jacaranda Queen and sister of  Brooke McClymont, also received an award for her country music talent.

A vision of Grafton with its numerous brilliantly-flowered trees in bloom, is immortalised in Australian music culture in Cold Chisel's song Flame Trees.

 

 

 

Grafton is reachable by road from Sydney and Brisbane on the Pacific Highway (Highway 1)
 
The Grafton Bridge over theClarence River showing the bascule span lifted to let shipping through. (Postcard from about 1932; theSouthern Cross aeroplane has been added to the photograph.)


Education


Public schools

 

Gillwinga Public School

Grafton High School

Grafton Public School

South Grafton High School

South Grafton Public School

Westlawn Public School

 



Independent schools


Clarence Valley Anglican School

McAuley Catholic College

St. Joseph's Primary School

St Mary's Primary School

St Andrews Christian Community School






SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grafton,_New_South_Wales


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