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Stuart is a rural coastal suburb of the City of Townsville, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Stuart had a population of 1,386 people.[1]


Stuart is bounded to the north-east by the Coral Sea. The North Coast railway line forms the western boundary with the Stuart railway station serving the suburb. The Bruce Highway passes from the south-east to the north-west through the suburb. The Flinders Highway passes from the south-west to its junction with the Bruce Highway. Most of this large suburb is undeveloped land with the developed land mostly used for infrastructure and industrial purposes. There is a small amount of residential development.[3]

The neighbourhood of Partington is within Stuart at 19°21′S 146°51′E [14] . It takes its name from a former railway siding on the North Coast railway line, which in turn was named after Joseph Partington, a local brickmaker.[4]


The suburb takes its name from the railway station, which was originally called Ayr Junction railway station in 1902, then Stewarts Creek railway station in 1938 and then Stuart railway station in 1939. It is thought that Stewart was just a temporary misspelling of Stuart and that the intention was to name the area after the first district surveyor appointed in 1865, Clarendon Stuart (1933-1912).[2]

Stewart's Creek Provisional School opened on 18 May 1891, becoming Stewart's Creek State School in 1901. In 1939 it was renamed Stuart State School.[5]

In December 1942, two classrooms of the Stuart State School on the outskirts of Townsville were used by the Army as the main Army Signals Communication Centre in North Queensland. The unit later moved to a concrete bunker at Roseneath.

In the 2011 census, Stuart had a population of 1,051 people.[6]

Heritage listings

Stuart has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Infrastructure in Stuart includes:

Industries in Stuart include:

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