After modest beginnings, Gladstone in the late twentieth century became one of Queensland's fastest-growing towns, drawing its strength from coal mining and other industries, and a flourishing export trade, especially to Japan and China. Located 430 km from Brisbane, it was named in 1853 after the English Chancellor of the Exchequer and future prime minister, William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98). Ninety kilometres south of Rockhampton, Gladstone is a coastal city.

Further Reading: 

Lorna McDonald, Gladstone: city that waited, Gladstone, Boolarong Publications, 1988

Regional impact of the Port of Gladstone, Canberra, Bureau of Transport Economics, 2001

Michael Wilsen, The importance of regional development in Australia: the Gladstone experience, Melbourne, Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, 1990

Gladstone Suburbs and Port Curtis entries


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