Munruben, Queensland

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Logan CityQueensland
Gieseman Park Munruben.JPG
Logan River at Gieseman Park, 2014
Population2,871 (2016 census)[1]
Location42 km (26 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)Logan City
State electorate(s)Logan
Federal Division(s)Forde
Suburbs around Munruben:
Greenbank Park Ridge South Chambers Flat
Greenbank Munruben Chambers Flat
North Maclean North Maclean Stockleigh

Munruben is a locality in Logan City, Queensland, Australia.[2] Once a rural community, it has been developed into a low density residential community. At the 2016 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 2,871.[1]


The name Munruben comes from a property called Mun Rubens owned by grazier William Norris and is believed to be derived from the Bundjalung language for a local lagoon. The locality was officially named in 1991 (when it was in the Shire of Beaudesert).[2][3]

Formerly in the Shire of Beaudesert, Munruben became part of Logan City following the local government amalgamations in March 2008.


The Mount Lindesay Highway (formerly the New England Highway) passes through the suburb. The area known as Jerry's Downfall is notorious for bogging and flooding.[4][5][6]


Jerry's Downfall Reserve is located in the north-east of Munruben (27°44′18″S 153°02′55″E / 27.7383°S 153.0485°E / -27.7383; 153.0485 (Jerry's Downfall Reserve)). The name commemorates an early teamster who had an accident there.[7] The name Jerry's Downfall has been in use since at least 1866.[8] It has been suggested that he was a Kanaka from Robert Towns' cotton plantation at Townvale, who capsized a bullock dray of cotton while crossing Chambers Creek.[3][9] It has also been suggested that the incident is connected to the Keaveny family. The Beaudesert Historical Society have erected a plaque at the reserve.[10]


In the 2011 census, Munruben recorded a population of 2,809 people, 48% female and 52% male.[11]

The median age of the Munruben population was 38 years, 1 year above the national median of 37.[11]

77.6% of people living in Munruben were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 5.8%, New Zealand 5%, Germany 1%, Scotland 0.7%, South Africa 0.7%.[11]

91.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.8% German, 0.7% Hmong, 0.5% Hindi, 0.5% Serbian, 0.4% Vietnamese.[11]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Munruben (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 March 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Munruben (entry 45281)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Munruben". Suburbs. Logan City Council. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  4. ^ "BEAUDESERT ROAD". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 29 June 1928. p. 25. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  5. ^ "HUNDREDS FORCED TO LEAVE HOMES SURROUNDED BY SWIRLING FLOODS". Sunday Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 26 January 1947. p. 1. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  6. ^ "FLOOD TRANSPORT BY AIR, LAND, SEA". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 1 February 1951. p. 3. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  7. ^ "JERRYS DOWNFALL—AND OTHERS". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 6 January 1925. p. 6. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  8. ^ "No title". The Darling Downs Gazette and General Advertiser. Toowoomba, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 13 December 1866. p. 3. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  9. ^ "When Cotton Was Grown by Darkies". Sunday Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 18 July 1937. p. 34. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Veresdale". Suburbs. Logan City Council. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  11. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Munruben (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 January 2014. Edit this at Wikidata

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Coordinates: 27°45′S 153°02′E / 27.750°S 153.033°E / -27.750; 153.033