Guluguba, Queensland

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Cafe at Guluguba on the Leichhardt Highway, Queensland.JPG
Cafe at Guluguba on the Leichhardt Highway, 2014
Area434.1 km2 (167.6 sq mi)
LGA(s)Western Downs Region
State electorate(s)Callide
Federal Division(s)Maranoa
Localities around Guluguba:
Wandoan Wandoan Roche Creek
Woleebee Guluguba Pelham
Woleebee Gurulmundi Pelham

Guluguba is both a town and a locality in the Western Downs Region in Queensland, Australia.[1][2] In the 2011 census, Guluguba was counted together with neighbouring Wandoan and had a combined population of 655.[3]


Guluguba is located on the Leichhardt Highway, north of Miles and south of Wandoan.[4]


The name Guluguba is thought to be an Aboriginal word meaning squatter pigeon.[1][2]

Guluguba Post Office opened by 1916 (a receiving office had been open from 1915).[5]

Guluguba Provisional School opened on 1 February 1917 on a half-time basis with Downfall Creek Provisional School which opened in March 1917. When the Downfall Creek school closed in 1918, Guluguba became a full-time school.[6]

In 1940 at Downfall Creek, the local Lutheran community established a Lutheran Day School. Meanwhile, Guluguba State School had two temporary closures in 1942 and 1944 due to a lack of teacher accommodation.[6]

In 1957, the Queensland Education Department was willing to provide a teacher to Downfall Creek so the Lutheran Church school became Downfall Creek Provisional School once again. It finally closed in 1962.[6]


Guluguba State School is a government co-educational primary school (P-6) at Fosters Road. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 6 students with 2 teachers (1 full-time equivalent) and 4 non-teaching staff (2 equivalent full-time).[7]

Notable people[edit]

  • Deb Frecklington, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, attended Guluguba State School [8]


  1. ^ a b "Guluguba (town) (entry 14951)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Guluguba (locality) (entry 47706)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wandoan (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 April 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ "Annual Report 2016" (PDF). Guluguba State School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Meet Deb". Deb Frecklington MP. Archived from the original on 30 November 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bahnisch, Lyn; Stiller, Doris; Guluguba State School. Anniversary Committee (1992), Schools beside the track : 1917-1992 : celebrating the 75th anniversary of Guluguba State School : a history of Guluguba, Gurulmundi, Giligulgul and Downfall Creek Schools, Guluguba State School Anniversary Committee, ISBN 978-0-646-11955-7
  • Partlett, Launa (1986), Guluguba pioneers : stories from a Queensland rural community, ISBN 978-0-9588195-0-3
  • Stiller, Colin (2012), Those were the days, C. H. Stiller, ISBN 978-0-646-57299-4

External links[edit]

Media related to Guluguba, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons