Finch Hatton, Queensland

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Finch Hatton
Eungella sky window view2.jpg
The locality occupies part of the Cattle Creek valley (background)
Finch Hatton is located in Queensland
Finch Hatton
Finch Hatton
Coordinates 21°08′02″S 148°38′20″E / 21.13389°S 148.63889°E / -21.13389; 148.63889Coordinates: 21°08′02″S 148°38′20″E / 21.13389°S 148.63889°E / -21.13389; 148.63889
Postcode(s) 4756
LGA(s) Mackay Region
State electorate(s) Mirani
Federal Division(s) Capricornia
Localities around Finch Hatton:
Dalrymple Heights Eungella Hinterland Eungella Hinterland
Netherdale Finch Hatton Owens Creek
Crediton Pinnacle Pinnacle

Finch Hatton is a town and locality in the Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia.[1][2] At the 2011 census, Finch Hatton had a population of 260.[3]


The town is believed to be named after Harold Heneage Finch-Hatton (1856-1904), a grazier of Mount Spencer run (1881–83), and imperial federationist in United Kingdom (1884-1904).[1][2]

Finch Hatton Post Office opened by December 1906 (replacing a receiving office named Pelion open from December 1895).[4]

Finch Hatton State School opened on 5 July 1909.[5][6]

The Finch Hatton War Memorial was erected in 1921. It commemorated those servicemen from Finch Hatton and Netherdale who died in World War I. Later an additional plaque was added with the details of those who died in World War II. The memorial is located in Anzac Parade (21°08′26″S 148°37′55″E / 21.140431°S 148.632073°E / -21.140431; 148.632073 (Finch Hatton War Memorial)).[7]

On 18 February 1958, Mackay was hit with massive flooding caused by heavy rainfall upstream with 878 mm of rain falling at Finch Hatton in 24 hours. The flood peaked at 9.14 metres (29.99 ft).[8] The water flowed down the valley and flooded Mackay within hours. Residents were rescued off rooftops by boats and taken to emergency accommodation. The flood broke Australian records.[9]

Heritage listings[edit]

Finch Hatton has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Finch Hatton State School is a government primary (P-7) school located on Eungella Road (21°08′23″S 148°38′22″E / 21.139643°S 148.639357°E / -21.139643; 148.639357 (Finch Hatton State School)).[12] In 2012, it had an enrolment of 50 students.[13]

The Mackay Regional Council operates a mobile library service on a fortnightly schedule at the corner of Zahmel Street and Mckay Eungella Road.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b "Hatton Finch (town) (entry 12437)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Hatton Finch (locality) (entry 46785)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Finch Hatton (L)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 July 2013.  Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Agency ID5218, Finch Hatton State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Finch Hatton War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Flood Warning System for the Pioneer River. Retrieved on 18 August 2011.
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  10. ^ "Finch Hatton War Memorial (entry 600723)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Finch Hatton Railway Station (entry 600985)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Queensland State and Non-State Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "2012 School Annual Report" (PDF). Finch Hatton State School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Libraries: Contact/Opening Hours". Mackay Regional Council. Retrieved 28 April 2017. 
  15. ^ "Mobile Library Timetable 2017" (PDF). Mackay Regional Council. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 

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