This web site is dedicated to recording the history of a small township called Clare in North Queensland, Australia.

There are two other towns in Australia named Clare, one in the wine growing district of South Australia and the other in central New South Wales.

Farming is the primary industry in the Clare district. Sugar cane is grown on many farms along with a great diversity of different crops including small crops for market. The Burdekin River provides a supply of near reliable water for irrigation.

The actual township of Clare consists of a couple of shops, a primary school, The Clare Club and a few dozen dwelling houses. Much of Clare's population live on surrounding farms.

Before postcodes were introduced to Australia there was always confusion between between the different Clares. Clare became known as Claredale (within the postal system) to differentiate it from the other towns named Clare to avoid mail problems. Since postcodes were introduced, Claredale has changed back to being Clare.

If you can contribute to this site, please contact: clarehistory@hotmail.com

Recently community members helped in the erection of a mural which was place on part of the existing memorial at Clare. This was done coinciding with 130 years since the town of Clare was gazetted. Bob Mc Mullen officially unveilingĀ  the mural with the Mayor elect from Burdekin Shire, Mr Bill Lowis and Member for Dawson,George Christensen attending along with many visitors.

This mural is an outstanding piece of art and will be there for future generations. Also there is a mural erected in 1982 that celebrated 100 years of Clare and the time capsule to be opened in 2082. The project was primarily financed with a RADF (Regional Arts Development Fund) grant the balance was raised by the sale of named tiles. This included the pioneer families and other long term residents of Clare. The mural was nominated in the 2013 North Queensland Art Awards which is hosted by the Townsville City Council.

mural tiles