Bakers Creek, Queensland

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Bakers Creek
Bakers Creek is located in Queensland
Bakers Creek
Bakers Creek
Coordinates 21°13′26″S 149°08′48″E / 21.22389°S 149.14667°E / -21.22389; 149.14667Coordinates: 21°13′26″S 149°08′48″E / 21.22389°S 149.14667°E / -21.22389; 149.14667
Population 770 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4740
Location 8 km (5 mi) S of Mackay
LGA(s) Mackay Region
State electorate(s) Mirani
Federal Division(s) Capricornia

Bakers Creek is a locality in the Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia.[2]


Bakers Creek is located 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of Mackay on the Bruce Highway. The Bakers Creek watercourse runs through the township.

At the 2006 census, Bakers Creek had a population of 770.[1]


The main industry is a large meat processing plant operated by Thomas Borthwick & Sons (Aust) Pty Ltd.


The locality was named after the creek, which in turn was named after John T. Baker, a customs officer in Mackay in 1863.[2][3]

Dundula State School opened on 28 August 1922 with 37 children enrolled on the first day, with 45 enrolled by the end of 1922. The first headmaster was Courtney Hoffman.[4][5]

Bakers Creek Post Office opened on 1 July 1927 (a receiving office had been open since 1909) and closed in 1979.[6]

In 1943, a USAAF aircraft crashed in the locality, killing 40 of the 41 people on board. The Bakers Creek air crash is Australia's worst aviation disaster by death toll. A memorial to the disaster was built in 1981 and is located in the grounds of the Bakers Creek Community Hall.[7]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bakers Creek (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Bakers Creek (entry 46756)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "THE GAZETTE.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 23 March 1868. p. 4. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "D-F". Opening and closing dates of Queensland schools. Queensland Government. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "History". Dundula State School. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bakers Creek Air Crash Memorial". December 2003. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 

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