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The commercial centre of Jandowae
Jandowae is located in Queensland
Coordinates 26°46′39″S 151°06′39″E / 26.7775°S 151.1108°E / -26.7775; 151.1108Coordinates: 26°46′39″S 151°06′39″E / 26.7775°S 151.1108°E / -26.7775; 151.1108
Population 1,246 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 4.3627/km2 (11.299/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4410
Area 285.6 km2 (110.3 sq mi)
LGA(s) Western Downs Region
State electorate(s) Warrego
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Jandowae:
Jinghi Diamondy Diamondy
Tuckerang Jandowae Diamondy
Jimbour West Cooranga Cooranga

Jandowae /ˈændəw/ is a town and a locality in the Western Downs Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] At the 2011 census, Jandowae had a population of 1,246.[1]


The town is 259 kilometres (161 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane. [4]


The first European settlers arrived in the area in the 1860s and the first documented European birth was Henry Bateman in 1866.[5] Henrys descendants still live in the town today.[citation needed] The town was at first called Jindowie, from the local Aboriginal word for a waterhole. Later, a man called John or Jack Dowiae established a camp and rest area for travellers called the John Dowiae camp. This led to some early settlers using the name Jondowiae. With the coming of the railway in 1914, the name was changed again to Jandowae, to avoid confusion with nearby Jondaryan.[6]

The fertile soil allowed the development of agriculture and combined with a flourishing timber industry saw the expansion of industry and commerce and the establishment of churches, halls and banks.[7]

Jondowaie Provisional School opened on 28 March 1887 with thirteen students enrolled for the first year.[8][9] It became Jondonwaie State School on 1 January 1909. In 1915 it was renamed Jandowae State School. In 1988 it was expanded with a secondary department (years 8 to 10).[10]

Wilga Downs Provisional School opened on 26 January 1916 as a half time school sharing a teacher with Currandale Provisional School. In 1922 the half time configuration was changed and Wilga Downs shared a teacher with Carlyle Provisional School (while Currandale shared with Glenmorriston). In 1923 Wilga Downs Provisional School was renamed Jandowae East Provisional School continuing to share a teacher with Carlyle until Carlyle closed in 1929. Jandowae East then became a full time provisional school and became Jandowae East State School in 1955. It closed in 1964.[10]

Jondowae's first Post Office opened on 1 January 1890 , and exists today as a private residence. The township was renamed Jandowae in 1913.[11]

Jandowae War Memorial, 2008

The Jandowae war memorial was unveiled by Victory Drury and the Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Dalby, Walter Sparkes, on 25 April 1935.[12]

In 2001, in order to stem a decline in population and economic activity and encourage new residents and industry to Jandowae, Wambo Shire Council ran a "dollar block" promotion. The promotion involved the sale of 38 parcels of land, both residential and industrial, for one dollar each. The promotion made news throughout Australia and overseas including New Zealand, Hong Kong, England and the United States. The promotion proved popular with over 1,000 applications received. To maintain fairness, a ballot system was implemented along with a condition requiring the establishment of a house on the block within 12 months or the land would return to the ballot. As a result of the promotion, the decline in population was halted and new industry was attracted to town including a manufacturer of RFID cattle ear tag readers.[13]


Jandowae, which was the largest town in the Wambo Shire prior to its amalgamation, is surrounded by rich alluvial soil and is one of Queensland's largest wheat growing areas. The area also produces other crops such as barley, sorghum, oats, millet, panicum, sunflower, safflower and linseed. Beef and dairy cattle are raised in the area and Jandowae was home to two large sawmills.


Facilities in the town include a post office, Queensland Government Agent and a bank. There are three hotels in Jandowae known locally as the Top pub (Club Hotel), the Middle pub (The Exchange Hotel) and the Bottom pub (Jandowae Hotel), all providing meals and accommodation.[7] Sporting facilities include bowls, golf, tennis, swimming, squash and a new skate park facility.[6]


Jandowae State School is a government primary and secondary school (P-10) at 44 George Street.[14] In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 123 students with 14 teachers (13 equivalent full-time) and 11 non-teaching staff (8 equivalent full-time).[15]


The major festival in Jandowae is the Jandowae Timbertown festival. The festival, held biennially, recognises and celebrates the contribution that the timber industry has made to Jandowae and attracts 3,000 to 4,000 people to the town.[16][17] Other events in the town include a senior pro-am golf tournament and the Jandowae Cup race meeting.[13][18]

Notable people[edit]

  • Timothy Tovell, an Australian airman in World War I who smuggled a young French orphan out of France and to Australia.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Jandowae (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  2. ^ "Jandowae - town in Western Downs Region (entry 17053)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Jandowae - locality in Western Downs Region (entry 47714)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 16 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "History". www.jandowae.org. Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  6. ^ a b "JANDOWAE – our principal town". Dalby Regional Council. Archived from the original on 27 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  7. ^ a b "Jandowae". Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-02-08. Retrieved 2007-06-06. 
  8. ^ "Jandowae SS". Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "School opening dates". Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  10. ^ 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 
  11. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Jandowae War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Courtney, Pip (2006-03-12). "Council's real estate gamble pays off". Landline (TV series), Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2007-06-06. 
  14. ^ "Jandowae SS". Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "Annual Report 2016" (PDF). Jandowae State School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2017. 
  16. ^ "Jandowae Timbertown Festival". Tourism Queensland. Retrieved 2007-06-06. 
  17. ^ "Jandowae timber festival under threat until president found". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2007-06-06. 
  18. ^ "Jandowae Cup a goer". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2005-02-04. Retrieved 2007-06-06. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Jandowae at Wikimedia Commons