Calliope, a semi-rural town, is 20 km south-west of Gladstone. It was named after the Calliope River which runs to the north and west of the town. Calliope was the administrative seat of the Calliope Shire (1879-2008).

In 1853 the Port Curtis (Gladstone) township was surveyed, it having been urged on the New South Wales Government as a superior port to Maryborough for pastoral interests in the Dawson and Burnett River areas. The following year Governor FitzRoy inspected the area, naming the river after the vessel Calliope in which he travelled.

Further Reading: 

Calliope Shire Council centenary 1879-1979, Calliope, Calliope Shire Council, 1979 


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