Abbeywood, Queensland

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Abbeywood is located in Queensland
Coordinates26°06′14″S 151°38′44″E / 26.1038°S 151.6455°E / -26.1038; 151.6455Coordinates: 26°06′14″S 151°38′44″E / 26.1038°S 151.6455°E / -26.1038; 151.6455
Area39.0 km2 (15.1 sq mi)
LGA(s)South Burnett Region
State electorate(s)Nanango
Federal Division(s)Flynn
Suburbs around Abbeywood:
Stalworth Wigton Stonelands
Stalworth Abbeywood Stonelands
Kinleymore Stalworth Kinleymore

Abbeywood is a locality in the South Burnett Region, Queensland, Australia.[1]


Abbeywood State School was established in c.1914.[2] Abbeywood State School closed on 31 December 1969.[3]

The name of the district was selected by schools' inspector Clement Lynam Fox when he approved the establishment of Abbeywood State School, choosing the name of his home town in England. [4] Prior to this the area was known interchangeably as the 'Overseas Settlement' or the 'Oswestry Grange Settlement', these names arising from the fact that a number of the newly surveyed blocks for selection were reserved for new immigrants and many of these had arrived on the ship Oswestry Grange. These early settlers formed a progress association which agitated government authorities for improvements such as roads, schools at both Abbeywood and nearby Speedwell and a branch railway line which was later opened in 1923 to a new terminus at Proston, including a station at Hivesville. The nearby village of Hivesville was for many years the main town of business for these early farmers.

One of the first selectors to take up a bush block for development into a farm was John (Reuben) Bull with his wife Louisa and six children in 1910. Others which followed closely were Leonard Hatchett, Sydney Shaw, John Slinger, George Perkins, A. Chesterton, Martin Comerford, Martin McGovern, E.J.Cridland, William Waters, Wildfred Welch, Ezekial York, Henry Holdsworth and Harry Olsen. [5] Sydney Shaw became the first teacher at Abbeywood State School.


  1. ^ "Abbeywood - locality in South Burnett Region (entry 46185)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  2. ^ "NEW STATE SCHOOLS". The Telegraph (13, 063). Queensland, Australia. 2 October 1914. p. 2. Retrieved 2 February 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  4. ^ Shaw, S. (1977) Over the Fence. Arthur H. Stockwell, Ilfracombe, Devon.
  5. ^ Murphy, J. & Easton, E. (1950) Wilderness to Wealth. The Nanango Centenary and South Burnett Historical Committee.