Nobby, Queensland

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Main street Nobby.jpg
Main street
Nobby is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°52′S 151°54′E / 27.867°S 151.900°E / -27.867; 151.900Coordinates: 27°52′S 151°54′E / 27.867°S 151.900°E / -27.867; 151.900
Population484 (2011 census)[1]
LGA(s)Toowoomba Region
State electorate(s)Condamine
Federal Division(s)
Localities around Nobby:
Felton Greenmount East Greenmount
Felton Nobby Ascot
Back Plains Mount Molar
Kings Creek

Nobby is a small town and locality on the Darling Downs in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] It is located halfway between Toowoomba and Warwick. In the 2011 census, Nobby had a population of 484 people.[4]


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.[5][6] 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.[7] Eventually the town's name was official changed back to Nobby in 1931.[2][8]

Nobby's Siding Post Office opened by March 1894 (a receiving office had been open from 1885[9]), was renamed Nobby's by 1902 and Nobby by 1908.[10]

Nobby State School opened on 15 November 1897.[11]

A School of Arts was opened in Nobby in 1909.[12] The hall, along with an adjacent bank building, was completely destroyed by fire in July 1928 and was rebuilt in 1929.[13]

The Nobby branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association was established in April 1925; its first president was Sister Elizabeth Kenny.[14]

At the 2006 census, Nobby had a population of 391.[1]


Rudd's Pub, Nobby, 2015

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.[15] 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.[16]

Sister Kenny House, Nobby
Sister Kenny Memorial

Sister Kenny House is a memorial to Sister Elizabeth Kenny who pioneered physiotherapy as a treatment for polio.[17] This small museum holds artefacts relating to her life and therapies.[18]

Heritage listings[edit]

Victor Denton memorial

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

Notable people[edit]

It is noted for having been home to two eminent Australians:


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Nobby (Clifton Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Nobby (town) (entry 24410)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Nobby (locality) (entry 49270)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Nobby (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 June 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ "LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS". Warwick Argus. Qld. 31 August 1889. p. 2. Retrieved 10 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "THE CLIFTON LANDS". The Brisbane Courier. 16 December 1891. p. 6. Retrieved 10 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "QUEENSLAND". The Brisbane Courier. 10 January 1901. p. 6. Retrieved 10 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "Nobby". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Monthly Guide". The Telegraph. Brisbane. 12 December 1885. p. 9. Retrieved 10 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland schools". Education Queensland. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "NOBBY". The Brisbane Courier (22, 427). 13 December 1929. p. 27. Retrieved 9 February 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  14. ^ "COUNTRY WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION". The Brisbane Courier (20, 986). Queensland, Australia. 29 April 1925. p. 23. Retrieved 1 January 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ "GENERAL NEWS". Darling Downs Gazette. Qld. 14 January 1893. p. 5. Retrieved 10 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  16. ^ "History". Rudd's Pub. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  17. ^ "Sister Elizabeth Kenny (Sister Kenny House)". Monuments Australia. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  18. ^ Fairley, Miki. "Sister Kenny: Confronting the Conventional in Polio Treatment". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  19. ^ "Victor Denton War Memorial (entry 600414)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 15 July 2013.

External links[edit]

Media related to Nobby, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons