Morven, Queensland

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Morven is located in Queensland
Coordinates26°24′56″S 147°06′46″E / 26.4155°S 147.1127°E / -26.4155; 147.1127Coordinates: 26°24′56″S 147°06′46″E / 26.4155°S 147.1127°E / -26.4155; 147.1127
Population199 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.08677/km2 (0.2247/sq mi)
Area2,293.5 km2 (885.5 sq mi)
LGA(s)Murweh Shire Council
State electorate(s)Warrego
Federal Division(s)Maranoa
Localities around Morven:
Clara Creek Redford Tyrconnel
Sommariva Morven Mungallala
Riversleigh Boatman Mungallala South

Morven is a town and a locality in the Shire of Murweh, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Morven had a population of 199 people.[1]


The town is located on the Warrego Highway of South West Queensland, 91 kilometres (57 mi) east of Charleville and 665 kilometres (413 mi) west of Brisbane.


In 1859, a small area was taken from the property Victoria Downs and set aside for public use and designated on maps and documents as 'Victoria Downs Reserve'. It was on the mail route from Brisbane to Charleville. Later it became informally known as 'Sadlier's Waterhole' after Captain TJ Sadlier and his wife camped at the property.

In 1876, a post office was opened and called Morven.[4] When officially surveyed in 1880, it was officially given the name Morven.[5] It is believed to be named after Morven in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.[2]

Morven State School opened on 24 September 1887.[6]

At the 2006 census, Morven had a population of 276.[7]

Heritage listings[edit]

Morven has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Morven has a historical museum and heritage trail. Nearby is the Tregole National Park.

The Murweh Shire Council operates a public library in Morven on the Warrego Highway.[9]

The Morven branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association has its rooms in Roma Street.[10]


Morven State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Albert Street (26°24′56″S 147°06′35″E / 26.4156°S 147.1098°E / -26.4156; 147.1098 (Morven State School)).[11][12] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 23 students with 3 teachers (2 full-time equivalent) and 5 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).[13]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Morven (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Morven - town in Shire of Murweh (entry 22878)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Morven - locality in Shire of Murweh (entry 42928)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Official Notifications". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 13 November 1876. p. 3. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Morven". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 13 March 1880. p. 6. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  6. ^ 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. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Morven (Murweh Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  8. ^ "Angellala Rail Bridge (entry 600756)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Morven Library". Public Libraries Connect. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Branch locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  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. ^ "Morven State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Roberts, Mary, 1933- (1987). Morven : the story of its development compiled on the occasion of the centenary of the state school and railway. Morven State School. ISBN 978-0-7316-1093-8.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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