Dayboro, Queensland

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Williams Street, the main street of Dayboro, looking toward the Crown Hotel
Dayboro is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°11′49″S 152°49′22″E / 27.1969°S 152.8227°E / -27.1969; 152.8227 (Dayboro (town centre))Coordinates: 27°11′49″S 152°49′22″E / 27.1969°S 152.8227°E / -27.1969; 152.8227 (Dayboro (town centre))
Population2,119 (2016 census locality)[1]
 • Density130.8/km2 (338.8/sq mi)
Area16.2 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Moreton Bay Region
CountyCounty of Stanley
State electorate(s)Pine Rivers
Federal Division(s)Dickson
Localities around Dayboro:
Mount Pleasant King Scrub Ocean View
Armstrong Creek Dayboro Rush Creek
Kobble Creek Kobble Creek Whiteside

Dayboro is a rural town and locality in the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, the locality of Dayboro had a population of 2,119 people.[1]


Dayboro is approximately 46 kilometres (29 mi) north-northwest of Brisbane, the state capital.

To the north of Dayboro lies the D'Aguilar Range and the mountain township of Mount Mee. Other nearby towns include Petrie and Samford. The land surrounding the town supports avocado and pineapple plantations, as well as dairy cattle.


View of Dayboro in 1917

Garumngar (also known as Dalla, Garumga. See also Wakka Wakka related languages/dialects) is a language of the Upper Brisbane River catchment. The Garumngar language region includes the landscape within the local government boundaries of the Ipswich, Brisbane, Somerset and Moreton Bay Regional Councils, particularly the towns of Dayboro and Esk extending east towards Moggill.[4]

Terror's Creek Provisional School opened on 18 May 1874. On 1 May 1890 it became Terror's Creek State School. It was renamed Dayboro State School in 1917.[5]

Dayboro was first known as Hamilton, having been so named after a farmer, Hugh Hamilton, who was appointed Receiving Officer for mail in 1875. In 1892, it became known as Terrors Creek from the creek on which it is situated.[2] The creek and the adjoining area, which became known as Terrors Paddock, derived their names from a grey Arab stallion, Terah, owned in the 1850s by Captain John Griffin of the Whiteside run.[6]

Upper North Pine Provisional School No 380 opened on 1880. On 1 January 1909 it became Upper North Pine State School. It closed in 1942.[5]

Mayfield State School opened on 1910 and closed circa 1936.[5]

In 1917, however, as the Postmaster General declared that Terrors Creek sounded too much like Torrens Creek, once again, the township acquired a new name. Although the first known inhabitant, John McKenzie, operated a pit sawmill just south of the townsite from 1866, the third and final name selected for Dayboro honours another notable early settler, William Henry Day. Day was Clerk of Petty Sessions and later Police Magistrate in Brisbane. He first selected land in the Dayboro area in the late 1860s and pioneered sugar growing on his extensive properties in the district.[2]

Settlement subsequently spread north and south along the North Pine River as more than 100 people took up selections in the Terrors Creek area. Timber, maize, vegetables and dairy products provided the main income for the settlers. The failure of Day's sugar growing experiment within a few years brought about the gradual breaking up of his large land holdings and facilitated the further development of the area. A store and hotel, the nucleus of the town, were established in the early 1890s and these were followed by a sawmill around 1900 and the Silverwood Butter Factory in 1903.

In 1915, in an article urging the extension of the railway from Enoggera to Terror's Creek, the township was described as "being set prettily on a hillside, and being the centre of miles of agricultural, dairying and fruit lands". According to the article [Australian Pastoralist, Grazing Farmers' and Selectors' Gazette, September 1915, Supplement, pp. 2–3], there was "an up-to-date butter factory, bank, several stores, an excellent hotel, a large sawmill, public hall, etc., and a community ever ready to co-operate in the advancement of their district".

On 25 September 1920 the Dayboro railway line was opened, running through Samford from Ferny Grove. There were a number of stations servicing the line, including at Kobble Creek, Samsonvale, and Samford. The line serviced Dayboro and surrounding areas for 35 years, continuing to operate until 1 July 1955 when it closed beyond Ferny Grove due to declining traffic, largely from the increased access to the area by road traffic.[7] The remaining line is now known as the Ferny Grove railway line and operates passenger services within the City of Brisbane. Remnants of the railway line can still be found throughout Dayboro and surrounding districts, including former railway bridges over the North Pine River, and cuttings along Strong Road. Railway pits were once located between the local swimming pool and sawmill (now the Old Mill Animal Hospital).

At the 2011 census Dayboro had a population of 1,692 people.[8]

In the 2016 census the locality of Dayboro had a population of 2,119 people.[1]


Dayboro State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 58 McKenzie Street (27°11′39″S 152°49′13″E / 27.1941°S 152.8203°E / -27.1941; 152.8203 (Dayboro State School)).[9][10] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 369 students with 28 teachers (22 full-time equivalent) and 18 non-teaching staff (11 full-time equivalent).[11] It includes a special education program.[9]


In the 2011 census, Dayboro recorded a population of 1,692 people, 51.7% female and 48.3% male.[8] The median age of the Dayboro population was 37 years, the same as the national median. 82.4% of people living in Dayboro were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 8.4%, New Zealand 2.1%, Scotland 0.8%, Netherlands 0.8%, Germany 0.5%. 96.2% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.1% Dutch, 0.4% German, 0.4% Swedish, 0.2% Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole).[8]


The Moreton Bay Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits the Hay Cottage on William Street.[12]

The Dayboro branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the Moreton Bay Regional Council Building in Williams Street.[13]


The Dayboro Rodeo and Dayboro Show usually occur between May and July every year, as well as Dayboro Day, celebrating the town's unique rural heritage so close to the Brisbane CBD.


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Dayboro (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c "Dayboro – town in Moreton Bay Region (entry 9464)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Dayboro – locality in Moreton Bay Region (entry 49807)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  4. ^ CC-BY-icon-80x15.png This Wikipedia article incorporates CC-BY-4.0 licensed text from: "Indigenous languages map of Queensland". State Library of Queensland. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  6. ^ "Terrors Creek – watercourse in the Moreton Bay Region (entry 33752)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  7. ^ Rails to Dayboro, Milne, Rod Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, February 2000, pp. 56-65
  8. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Dayboro (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ a b "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Dayboro State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  11. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Mobile Library". Moreton Bay Regional Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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