Berserker, Queensland

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Berserker
RockhamptonQueensland
North Rockhampton Borough Chambers (2009).jpg
North Rockhampton Borough Chambers, 2009
Population 7,241 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4701
Location 6 km (4 mi) NE of Rockhampton
LGA(s) Rockhampton Regional Council
State electorate(s) Rockhampton and Keppel
Federal Division(s) Capricornia
Suburbs around Berserker:
Park Avenue Frenchville Frenchville
Park Avenue Berserker Koongal
Rockhampton The Common The Common

Berserker is a suburb of Rockhampton in the Rockhampton Region, Queensland, Australia,[2] situated about six kilometres north east of the central business district. At the 2011 census, Berserker had a population of 7,179.[1]

Geography[edit]

The eastern boundary is aligned with Frenchmans Creek and the western boundary follows Moores Creek.

In the northeast of the suburb is the Stockland Rockhampton shopping centre. North Rockhampton State High School and Berserker Street State School are also in the suburb.

History[edit]

The suburb was named after the Berserker Range, which, in turn, was named by Rockhampton pioneer pastoralist Charles Archer after the Norse warrior "Baresark", who fought without armour in the Norwegian sagas.[2] Although born in Scotland, the Archer family lived for many years in Larvik, Norway and members of the family moved between Queensland and Norway throughout their lives.

Berserker State School opened in 1917 but was renamed later in the year to Berserker Street State School. In 1956 North Rockhampton State High School was opened in Berseker. On 18 February 1957, a separate Berserker Street Infants State School was opened but it was closed on 1 July 1994.[3]

Education[edit]

Berserker Street State School is a co-educational government primary (P-6) school in Berserker Street. In 2015, it had an enrolment of 490 students with 38 teachers (36 full-time equivalent).[4]

North Rockhampton State High School is a co-educational government secondary (7-12) school in Berserker Street. In 2015, it had an enrolment of 966 students with 82 teachers (77 full-time equivalent).[5]

Heritage listings[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Berserker (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Berserker - suburb (entry 48527)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0 
  4. ^ "2015 School Annual Report" (PDF). Berserker Street State School. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "2015 School Annual Report" (PDF). North Rockhampton State High School. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "North Rockhampton Borough Chambers (entry 601370)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "St John's Church (entry 602342)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Berserker, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 23°22′S 150°32′E / 23.367°S 150.533°E / -23.367; 150.533