Yorkeys Knob

Yorkeys Knob George Lawson (1839-1907), known as 'Yorkey’, was a fisherman who lived on the hill known locally as the Knob.

Yorkey was a beche-de-mer fisherman and during the off-fishing season he farmed pumpkins, sweet potatoes and melons. The area of land farmed by Yorkey contained the Knob and was bounded to the west by Varley Street and to the south by Kempton Street – essentially the main beach area of the suburb now known as Yorkeys Knob.

On the 20th September 1886, whilst fishing at Green Island, Yorkey had his right hand blown off by an explosion of dynamite. The stump remaining on Yorkey's arm is said to have resembled the land at Yorkeys Knob, further entrenching the name with locals.

Location and boundaries

Yorkeys Knob is bounded by the Coral Sea in the north, Richters Creek and Thomatis Creek in the east, the Captain Cook Highway in the south, and the suburbs of Smithfield and Trinity Park and the Moon River in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1880s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the 1920s when land was subdivided. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years, with rapid growth during the 1970s and 1980s. Growth continued during the early 1990s, coming to a halt in the late 1990s. The population was relatively stable between 2001 and 2011, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Yorkeys Knob includes residential, tourist and conservation areas in the north, and rural areas in the south.

Major features

Major features of the area include Half Moon Bay Golf Club, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Half Moon Bay Marina, Yorkeys Knob Community Centre, Ray Howarth Park, Haling Park, Goodwood Park, Cairns Golf Centre, Cairns Go-Kart Hire Track and one school.

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