|Population||484 (2011 census)|
Nobby is a small town and locality on the Darling Downs in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia. It is located halfway between Toowoomba and Warwick. In the 2011 census, Nobby had a population of 484 people.
The origin of the name Nobby is unknown. When the Western railway line from Toowoomba to Warwick was being constructed, a worker's camp known as McDonald's Camp was established in the area in 1868 and this gave its name to the general area. However, the railway siding created was known as Nobby's Siding and the area become known as Nobby. However, the township that was surveyed alongside the railway in 1891 was named Davenport after George Davenport, a former local Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Drayton and Toowoomba whose pastoral run was at nearby Headington Hill. However, the Railway Department refused to rename the railway station, which created confusion having the railway station and the town with different names, leading to many people continuing to refer to the town as Nobby. Eventually the town's name was official changed back to Nobby in 1931.
Nobby State School opened on 15 November 1897.
Rudd's Pub was originally built in 1893 across the road from the Nobby railway station as the Davenport Hotel; the architects were James Marks and Son. Based on local folklore that author Steele Rudd (who lived in Nobby) wrote some of his works in the pub, it was renamed Rudd's Pub in the 1980s.
Nobby has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
It is noted for having been home to two eminent Australians:
- Steele Rudd, author of the On Our Selection series of books
- Sister Elizabeth Kenny, who pioneered the use of physiotheraphy in treating polio
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- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- "Opening and closing dates of Queensland schools". Education Queensland. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
- "OPENING NOBBY SCHOOL OF ARTS". Darling Downs Gazette. LII (8,677). Queensland. 3 July 1909. p. 4. Retrieved 9 February 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
- "NOBBY". The Brisbane Courier (22,427). 13 December 1929. p. 27. Retrieved 9 February 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
- "GENERAL NEWS". Darling Downs Gazette. Qld. 14 January 1893. p. 5. Retrieved 10 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
- "History". Rudd's Pub. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- "Sister Elizabeth Kenny (Sister Kenny House)". Monuments Australia. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- Fairley, Miki. "Sister Kenny: Confronting the Conventional in Polio Treatment". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- "Victor Denton War Memorial (entry 600414)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
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