Ma Ma Creek, Queensland

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Ma Ma Creek
Ma Ma Creek Community Centre.jpg
Ma Ma Creek Community Centre, 2014
Ma Ma Creek is located in Queensland
Ma Ma Creek
Ma Ma Creek
Coordinates27°37′46″S 152°11′21″E / 27.6295°S 152.1891°E / -27.6295; 152.1891Coordinates: 27°37′46″S 152°11′21″E / 27.6295°S 152.1891°E / -27.6295; 152.1891
Population149 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density6.34/km2 (16.42/sq mi)
Elevation145 m (476 ft)
Area23.5 km2 (9.1 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Lockyer Valley Region
State electorate(s)Lockyer
Federal Division(s)Wright
Localities around Ma Ma Creek:
Lilydale Veradilla
Lower Tenthill
Flagstone Creek Ma Ma Creek Upper Tenthill
Flagstone Creek Mount Whitestone Upper Tenthill

Ma Ma Creek is a rural town and a locality in the Lockyer Valley Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Ma Ma Creek had a population of 149 people.[1]


The Gatton Clifton Road (State Route 80) passes through from north-east to south. Although there are some houses within the town, most of the population is living in rural residential blocks along the Gatton Clifton Road. Irrigated cropping also occurs along the road route with the remainder of the locality being used for grazing on natural vegetiation.[4]


Ma Ma Creek War Memorial, 2006

The town takes its name from the creek, which is a tributary of the Lockyer Creek and ultimately contributes into the Brisbane River which flows into Moreton Bay.[4] The name Ma Ma is allegedly derived from the Aboriginal mia mia meaning bark huts. However, mia mia is an Aboriginal term from Western Australia, suggesting that Ma Ma was named by European settlers.[2]

Ma Ma Creek Post Office opened on 1 May 1884 (a receiving office had been open from 1881).[5]

The Ma Ma Creek War Memorial commemorates three brothers: James, George and Bertie Andrews who were all killed in action in World War I. The memorial was erected in 1920 by their mother Fleurine Elsie Andrews. Although a private monument, it is used by the wider community for ANZAC Day ceremonies.[6]

Ma Ma Creek State School opened on 27 October 1880.[7][8]

In the 2011 census, the population of Ma Ma Creek and surrounding districts was 403.[9]

Heritage listings[edit]

Ma Ma Creek has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Ma Ma Creek State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 803 Gatton-Clifton Road (27°37′44″S 152°11′24″E / 27.6288°S 152.1900°E / -27.6288; 152.1900 (Ma Ma Creek State School)).[11][12] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 16 students with 3 teachers (2 full-time equivalent) and 4 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).[13]

There is no secondary school in Ma Ma Creek. The nearest secondary school is the Lockyer District State High School in Gatton.[4]


St Stephen's Anglican church and cemetery, 2006

The town has a community centre and general store. There are two churches, St Stephens Anglican church and a Church of Christ. St Stephens Anglican church has an associated cemetery.[14][15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Ma Ma Creek (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Ma Ma Creek - town in Lockyer Valley Region (entry 20329)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Ma Ma Creek - locality in Lockyer Valley Region (entry 44977)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Ma Ma Creek War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  8. ^ "MA MA CREEK". Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald And General Advertiser. Queensland, Australia. 30 October 1880. p. 3. Retrieved 1 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ma Ma Creek (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 August 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ "Ma Ma Creek War Memorial (entry 600514)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  11. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Ma Ma Creek State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  14. ^ Google (11 October 2019). "Ma Ma Creek" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  15. ^ "St Stephens at Ma Ma Creek". Anglican Parish of Gatton. Archived from the original on 11 October 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.

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