Mount Mee, Queensland

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Mount Mee
Queensland
Mt mee lookout panorama.jpg
Coordinates 27°4′27″S 152°46′11″E / 27.07417°S 152.76972°E / -27.07417; 152.76972 (Mount Mee, Queensland)Coordinates: 27°4′27″S 152°46′11″E / 27.07417°S 152.76972°E / -27.07417; 152.76972 (Mount Mee, Queensland)
Population 909 (2011)[1]
Established 1873
Postcode(s) 4521
Elevation 501 m (1,644 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Moreton Bay Region
State electorate(s) Pine Rivers
Federal Division(s) Fisher
Suburbs around Mount Mee:
Mount Delaney Delaneys Creek Wamuran Basin
Mount Mee Campbells Pocket
Mount Byron Mount Pleasant Ocean View

Mount Mee is a suburb and mountain in Queensland, Australia, located north of the town of Dayboro on the D'Aguilar Range.

History[edit]

The area around Mount Mee was known to the indigenous inhabitants of the area as Dahmongah, a word meaning "flying squirrel" or glider.[2] The European name "Mount Mee" is possibly derived from another local word mia-mia, meaning "lookout", but this name was not formalised until the establishment of the school in 1899.[3]

Settlers began arriving in the area around Mount Mee in 1873, many being timber-getters attracted by the red cedar timber that was readily available in the area.[2] Initially, timber cut down in the area was exported to the nearby towns of Caboolture, D'Aguilar and Woodford, but a sawmill was eventually built in the fledgling town. A number of larger mills were operated on various parts of the mountain until the last closed in 1982.[2] A special tractor called the Linn tractor was used to haul logs instead of bullock teams in the early 1930s.[2] Over time, agriculture became important to the economy of the area, with dairy farms and banana plantations being particularly important.[2][3]

Mount Mee was initially governed as a part of the Caboolture Divisional Board, but was rolled into the new Moreton Bay Region when that entity was amalgamated with Pine Rivers Shire and Redcliffe City in 2008.[4]

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census the population of Mount Mee is 909, 49.8% female and 50.2% male.

The median/average age of the Mount Mee population is 45 years of age, 8 years above the Australian average.

84.4% of people living in Mount Mee were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 4.5%, New Zealand 1.8%, Scotland 1%, United States of America 0.7%, Germany 0.5%.

94.3% of people speak English as their first language 0.4% French, 0.4% Spanish, 0.3% German, 0.3% Italian, 0% Gaelic (Scotland).

State Forest and Forest Reserve[edit]

Mount Mee State Forest and Forest Reserve is a nature preserve located in Mount Mee. It features eucalyptus forests, small sections of rainforest, and plantations of Hoop Pine.[5] They adjoin the Brisbane Forest Park. The park features six different walking tracks, two picnic grounds, a camping ground, and numerous tracks for offroad driving.[6]

Education & Businesses[edit]

Mount Mee State School, a government primary school that was founded in 1899, is located within the suburb.[3][7]

Old Mill Veterinary Surgery (Small Animal & Large Animal Services) Mount Mee Road. www.oldmillvet.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Mount Mee (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Horton, Helen (1988). Brisbane's Back Door: The story of the D'Aguilar Range. Bowen Hills, Queensland: Boolarong Publications. pp. 64—71. ISBN 0-86439-036-X. 
  3. ^ a b c "Caboolture Town History". Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Amalgamations to cut half Qld's local councils". ABC News. 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Mount Mee State Forest and Forest Reserve". Archived from the original on 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  6. ^ "Mount Mee State Forest and Forest Reserve". Archived from the original on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  7. ^ "Mount Mee State School". Retrieved 2008-05-06.