Bajool, Queensland

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Bajool is located in Queensland
Coordinates23°39′04″S 150°38′30″E / 23.65111°S 150.64167°E / -23.65111; 150.64167Coordinates: 23°39′04″S 150°38′30″E / 23.65111°S 150.64167°E / -23.65111; 150.64167
Population543 (2011 census)[1]
LGA(s)Rockhampton Region
State electorate(s)Mirani
Federal Division(s)Flynn
Suburbs around Bajool:
Struck Oil
Midgee Port Alma
Nine Mile Creek
Bajool Marmoor
Fletcher Creek Ulogie Raglan

Bajool is a town and locality in the Rockhampton Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2011 census, Bajool had a population of 543 people.[1]


Bajool is located on the Bruce Highway, 35 km south of Rockhampton and 74 km north of Gladstone. Eight-Mile Creek flows to the east of the town.


The town takes its name from the Aboriginal name for the lagoon on the Archer brother's property Gracemere.[2] It has been suggested that the meaning of the name was Big Fella water hole [4] or stop here.[5]

A provisional school opened on 12 March 1888 at Eight Mile Creek under teacher Mr Beck (brother of J. Beck, chairman of the Fitzroy Shire Council); it closed in 1892. The school reopened on 30 September 1895 with teacher Michael Donovan, but closed again on 18 September 1896. On 5 February 1900, a part-time provisional school was established in a private home at a short-lived mining field called San Jose with 10 students under teacher William MacLean. On 2 September 1902 another part-time school was opened in conjunction at the home of Mr H. Cross in Bajool with 6 students.[6]

In August 1903, the two part-time schools were combined into Bajool Provisional School with 31 students in another building on Cross's property. In 1903 the school closed for a while and the land it was using was resumed for the railway line from Gladstone to Rockhampton. However, the railway enabled Bajool to grow. The school re-opened on the southern side of Mill Street in late 1904, and was upgraded to a State School in 1909.[7][8][9]


Bajool State School is a government co-educational primary (P-7) school located on Toonda Street. In 2012, the school had 39 students and 2 teachers.[10] The school opened on 12 March 1888.[11]

Queensland Government explosives reserve[edit]

Bajool is the site of one of four Queensland Government explosives reserves (also known as "magazines"). The magazine is about 29 kilometres (18 mi) by road from the shipping wharf at Port Alma.[12] From 1912 to 1986 a rail line ran from Bajool to Port Alma.[13]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bajool (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Bajool (town) (entry 1259)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Bajool (locality) (entry 48503)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  4. ^ "WHERE AND WHEN: CENTRAL QUEENSLAND". The Central Queensland Herald. Rockhampton, Qld. 24 August 1950. p. 15. Retrieved 2 July 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "SKETCHER". The Queenslander. 28 March 1914. p. 8. Retrieved 2 July 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "2012 School Annual Report" (PDF). Bajool State School. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Agency ID4808, Bajool State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Historical Society Ulam-Langmorn History". The Morning Bulletin. Rockhampton, Qld. 7 May 1951. p. 2. Retrieved 2 July 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "2012 School Annual Report" (PDF). Bajool State School.
  11. ^ "Queensland schools opening dates". Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Queensland Government explosives reserves and security". Business Queensland. 11 Sep 2017. Retrieved 30 Sep 2017.
  13. ^ "Rockhampton's Ports" (PDF). July 2009. Retrieved 30 Sep 2017.

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