Kaimkillenbun, Queensland

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Kaimkillenbun is located in Queensland
Coordinates 27°04′S 151°26′E / 27.067°S 151.433°E / -27.067; 151.433Coordinates: 27°04′S 151°26′E / 27.067°S 151.433°E / -27.067; 151.433
Population 566 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4406
LGA(s) Western Downs Region
State electorate(s) Condamine
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Kaimkillenbun:
Jimbour East Bell Moola
Pirrinuan Kaimkillenbun Moola
Dalby Irvingdale Irvingdale

Kaimkillenbun is a town and locality in Queensland, Australia. It is 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Dalby, on the way to the Bunya Mountains and in the local government area of the Western Downs Region.[2][3] At the 2011 census, Kaimkillenbun and the surrounding area had a population of 566.[1]

It is recognised as the Queensland town with the longest single-word name,[4] but is affectionately known by locals as "The Bun".[5]


Opal from Squaretop

The south-eastern half of the locality is predominantly flat farming land centred on the township. The north-western half of the locality has hills including Squaretop (27°00′59″S 151°25′00″E / 27.01639°S 151.41667°E / -27.01639; 151.41667 (Squaretop)), a mountain of over 500 metres (1,600 ft).[6][7] Minerals including opals can be found at Squaretop.

The Bunya Highway passes through the north-west of the locality.


War memorial at Kaimkillenbun, 1920

The Bell Branch railway line from Dalby to Bell was opened in 1906 with Kaimkillenbun being served by railway stations at Kaimkillenbun and Squaretop. The line closed in 1984.

An attempt was made to establish a hotel in 1908 but the local temperance lobby managed to prevent it. However, in Ocotver 1911, local farmer Edwin Higgs successfully obtained a licence and built the Kenilworth Hotel. Soldiers leaving for World War 1 signed on the wall of the pub. Today it is known as The Bun Pub.[8][9][10]

Kaimkillenbun Post Office opened by June 1909 (a receiving office had been open from 1908).[11]

Kaimkillenbun State School opened on 1 November 1909.[12][13]

The Kaimkillenbun war memorial was unveiled on 13 November 1920 by William Vowles, the member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Dalby and Leader of the Opposition. The "digger" statue was made by R C Ziegler, a Toowoomba stonemason.[14] Originally placed near the Kaimkillenbun railway station, the memorial was damaged in a traffic accident. A replacement from the original plans was commissioned from the Zieglers and was placed in a park behind the hotel (corner of Isabelle and Delacey Streets).[15][16]

In 1983, Kaimkillenbun was the location for filming of the movie Chase Through the Night starring Nicole Kidman. Local residents appear as extras in the film.[4][17]


Facilities in the town include the historic Bun Pub, a primary school and a number of sporting clubs and organisations.

Notable residents[edit]

  • John Dorge, Olympic basketballer, born in Kaimkillenbun


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kaimkillenbun (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kaimkillenbun - town (entry 17547)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Kaimkillenbun - locality (entry 49275)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Signpost - Kaimkillenbun State School". Queensland Government. April 2010. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Kaimkillenbun". AustralianExplorer.com. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Squaretop - mountain (entry 42747)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dalby and district". Western Downs Regional Council. p. 5. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "LISMORE DISTRICT.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933). Qld.: National Library of Australia. 11 October 1911. p. 7. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "NEW LICENSING ACT.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933). Qld.: National Library of Australia. 16 April 1913. p. 10. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Agency ID11095, Kaimkillenbun State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Dalby's Soldier Memorials.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933). Qld.: National Library of Australia. 20 November 1920. p. 4. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Kaimkillenbun War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Kaimkillenbun War Memorial (Digger)". Queensland War Memorials. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Chase Through The Night (1983)". Nicole Kidman (fans) United. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 

External links[edit]

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