Ayr, a rural town, is on the Lower Burdekin River delta, 70 km south-east of central Townsville. It was named after Ayr, Scotland, the birthplace of Thomas McIlwraith, Queensland's Premier when the town was established in 1882. Ayr was the administrative centre of the former Burdekin Shire.

Further Reading: 

John Kerr, Black snow and liquid gold: a history of the Burdekin Shire, Ayr, Council of the Shire of Burdekin, 1994


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