Aldershot is a former industrial town located eight km north-west of Maryborough, between the Bruce Highway and the North Coast railway line.
In 1888 the Queensland Smelting Co Ltd built a smelting works burning coal from Howard to produce high-grade refined copper, lead, silver and gold.
Aldershot had a primary school (1892), a post office, but no hotel. The smelting works closed in 1906, when smelters were erected in north Queensland, closer to ore bodies. The bricks from a smelter chimney were reused for a fence at a Maryborough flour mill.
After closure of the smelting works Aldershot had a census population of 34 in 1921. In 2006 the census recorded 516 at the old town site (in the former Hervey Bay city) and 406 at another Aldershot location in Maryborough City. The township was included in the federal electorate of Wide Bay at the last redistribution in December 2009.
In 2011 the census recorded a combined figure of 1043 at these locations, with 569 at the old town site and 474 at the other Aldershot location. The latter figure is entirely comprised of males, this location being the site of the Maryborough Correctional Centre (2003).
The community of Aldershot now faces its greatest challenge. The Colton Coal Mine operated by Northern Energy Corporation, will be open dug just three kilometres from the town and will be 24 hour operation.
The Noosa and Hinterland Greens are concerned that the people of Aldershot will be seriously impacted by dust, noise and lights at the mine all night, property devaluation, the destruction of the amenity of the area, and the consequent effects on their health.
The people of Aldershot have united to protect their community. For more information visit Aldershot and District Against Mining (ADAM).
If you wish to contribute to a fair and sustainable Aldershot please join us.