Proserpine: see Persephone.
Latin Proserpina

Persephone abducted by Hades, marble sculpture by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1621–22; in the elipsis

In Greek mythology, daughter of Zeus and Demeter. She was gathering flowers when she was seized by Hades, who carried her off to the underworld to make her his wife. On learning of the abduction, Demeter was so distraught that she allowed barrenness and famine to spread over the earth. Zeus commanded Hades to allow Persephone to return to her mother, but because she had eaten some (or, in some versions, just one) pomegranate seeds in the underworld, she had to remain one-third of the year with Hades, spending the other two-thirds with Demeter. This myth accounts for the change of the seasons and the annual cycle of growth and decay.

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Proserpine is a town situated on the Bruce Highway in the state of Queensland, Australia. The town is a sugar producing centre. At the 2006 census, Proserpine had a population of 3,316.

Early settlers established the town in the 1880s and named it after the ancient Greek goddess Persephone (Latin: Proserpina).

Proserpine is approxiamtely 30 Kilometres North West of Airlie Beach and, like Airlie Beach, Proserpine is situated in the Whitsunday Shire and has the regions Hospital, Rail Station, Airport, Olympic 8 lane pool, Sporting Complex, Entertainment Centre, High School (along with a state and catholic primary schools).

The town has more than five parks and new ones being constructed in various new housing estates around the town.

Sugar Industry

The town is surrounded by sugar cane fields. The sugar cane cut there during the harvest season is brought over a network of narrow-gauge (2 feet) railways to Proserpine Sugar Mill, established in 1897.


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