We’re not alone in the world, Queenstown

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Queenstowners may like to think the resort is unique but in several other places across the globe people are just as proud of our famous name.

In Singapore, South Africa, the United States – and twice-over in Australia – other Queenstowners have been celebrating the New Year.

Mountain Scene turns the spotlight on some of our namesake towns across the world … 

 

 

Queenstown, Adelaide 

This Queenstown is a north-western suburb of the South Australian capital, situated about 10.5km from the CBD.

It has a population of about 11,000 and its residents – average age 40 – are mostly technicians and tradespeople.
The suburb is also located next to historic Port Adelaide, a tourist destination with numerous attractions including museums, a sea-horse farm, galleries, river cruises, markets, parks and walks.

Although mainly a residential area, Queenstown is also close to many other popular touring spots such as Kangaroo Island, the Clare Valley and peaceful beaches on the Gulf St Vincent.

 

Queenstown, South Africa

Located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Queenstown is the commercial, administrative and educational centre of a prosperous farming district.

It lies on the Komani River, has a pleasant climate and is popular for recreation and watersports.

This Queenstown has a population of about 25,000 and was built by English settlers in the mid-19th century during a time of colonial expansion and conflict.

In the middle of town, there’s a hexagonal area where cannon or rifle fire could be directed down six thoroughfares.

The cannon sites have now been replaced with gardens and a central fountain but many of Queens­town’s grand Victorian stone buildings still stand.

 

Queenstown, Tasmania

The largest town on Tasmania’s west coast essentially owes its existence to mining.

Minerals and gold were discovered there in the 1880s and the place grew rapidly.

The area boasts a striking lunar landscape caused by trees on the surrounding hills being cut down to fuel smelters, with heavy rainfall then washing away the topsoil to leave bare, coloured rocks.

Today Queenstown – population about 2500 – still has something of the air of a frontier town. The mine still functions and tours are available for visitors, who usually turn up on the car hire circuit or in coach parties.

 

Queenstown, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, USA

At the last official count, this quaint corner of small-town America had about 617 people, 255 households and 184 families living there.

During the 19th century, it was a shipping port of such importance that it was attacked by the British during the war of 1812.

Having survived that and a fire which almost destroyed it in 1820, and despite the Mexican and Civil wars plus the Great Depression, Queenstown still kept moving forward.

Today, agriculture and seafood harvesting are the main economic drivers, as well as designer shopping outlets and the Queenstown Harbor Golf Links – a nationally acclaimed public course.

 

Queenstown, Singapore

The area consisted of hills, swamps and cemeteries before being transformed into Singapore’s first high-rise housing estate in the 1960s.

It’s located at the central-western end of the island, about 8km from the city, and has a population of about 100,000.

Queenstown was named after Queen Elizabeth, to mark her coronation in 1953.

During the Second World War, the British also set up a military camp there which was eventually cleared to make way for the tower blocks that exist today.

Many of the area’s main public housing estates have British names, such as Forfar Heights, Commonwealth Green and Stirling View.

Not far away, there’s also an authentic taste of Queenstown, New Zealand – our homegrown tourism conglomerate, Skyline Enterprises, has a highly-successful luge operation on Sentosa Island.