Dayboro, Queensland

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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)[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 Rush Creek
Laceys Creek Dayboro Rush Creek
Armstrong Creek Armstrong Creek Samsonvale

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 Main Street

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

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.[citation needed]


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]

Opening of St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 11 September 1898

St Francis Xavier's Catholic Church opened on 11 September 1898.[7][8]

Settlement subsequently spread north and south along the North Pine River as more than 100 people took up selections in the Terrors Creek area.[when?] 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.[citation needed]

Dayboro Uniting Church, 2010

Terrors Creek Presbyterian church was built in 1900.[9][10] In 1977, it participated in the amalgamation that created the Uniting Church in Australia and became Dayboro Uniting Church.[11] On 20 November 2016, the church celebrated its 115th anniversary.[12]

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

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".[citation needed]

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]

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.[13] 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).[citation needed]

St Aidan's Anglican Church was officially opened on Sunday 6 April 1930 by Archbishop Gerald Sharp.[14]

In the 2011 census, Dayboro recorded a population of 1,692 people, 51.7% female and 48.3% male.[15] 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).[15]

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)).[16][17] 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).[18] It includes a special education program.[16]


Dayboro Catholic Church
Dayboro Cafe

The Moreton Bay Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits the Hay Cottage on William Street.[19]

The Dayboro branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the Moreton Bay Regional Council Building in Williams Street.[20]

St Francis Xavier's Catholic Church is at 135 McKenzie Street.[7]

St Aidan's Anglican Church is at 46-48 McKenzie Street (27°11′42″S 152°49′16″E / 27.1950°S 152.8212°E / -27.1950; 152.8212 (St Aidan's Anglican Church)).[21][22]

Dayboro Uniting Church is at 22 Williams Street (27°11′47″S 152°49′27″E / 27.1965°S 152.8242°E / -27.1965; 152.8242 (Dayboro Uniting Church)).[23] It is part of the Moreton Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Australia.[24][25]


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.[citation needed]


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  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 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. ^ a b "St Francis Xavier Catholic Church". Churches Australia. Archived from the original on 21 May 2022. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  8. ^ "The Dayboro Story: The first 100 years: 1866-1966: Dayboro Early Services: Churches". Dayboro Historical Society. Archived from the original on 8 March 2022. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  9. ^ "COUNTRY NEWS". The Queenslander. Vol. LVIII, no. 1291. Queensland, Australia. 4 August 1900. p. 226 (The Queenslander). Archived from the original on 21 May 2022. Retrieved 13 September 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "QUEENSLAND". The Brisbane Courier. Vol. LVII, no. 13, 296. Queensland, Australia. 23 August 1900. p. 5. Archived from the original on 21 May 2022. Retrieved 13 September 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ Blake, Thom. "Terrors Creek Presbyterian Church". Queensland religious places database. Archived from the original on 12 September 2022. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  12. ^ "Dayboro Uniting Church". Churches Australia. Archived from the original on 13 September 2021. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  13. ^ Rails to Dayboro, Milne, Rod Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, February 2000, pp. 56-65
  14. ^ "NEW CHURCH". The Brisbane Courier. No. 22, 524. Queensland, Australia. 7 April 1930. p. 19. Archived from the original on 21 May 2022. Retrieved 13 September 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Dayboro (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "Dayboro State School". Archived from the original on 24 March 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  18. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  19. ^ "Mobile Library". Moreton Bay Regional Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  20. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  21. ^ "North Pine Anglican Church". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  22. ^ "St Aidan's Anglican Church". Churches Australia. Archived from the original on 13 September 2021. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  23. ^ "Find a Church". Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod. Archived from the original on 24 October 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  24. ^ "Dayboro Uniting Church". Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  25. ^ "Dayboro Uniting Church". Churches Australia. Archived from the original on 13 September 2021. Retrieved 13 September 2021.

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