Southbrook, Queensland

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Southbrook
Queensland
Oshea Avenue Southbrook.jpg
Oshea Avenue, 2014
Southbrook is located in Queensland
Southbrook
Southbrook
Coordinates27°40′42″S 151°42′40″E / 27.6783°S 151.7111°E / -27.6783; 151.7111Coordinates: 27°40′42″S 151°42′40″E / 27.6783°S 151.7111°E / -27.6783; 151.7111
Population599 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density9.103/km2 (23.58/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4363
Elevation543 m (1,781 ft)
Area65.8 km2 (25.4 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Toowoomba Region
State electorate(s)Condamine
Federal Division(s)Groom
Localities around Southbrook:
Linthorpe Biddeston Athol
Linthorpe Southbrook Umbiran
Broxburn Felton Cambooya

Southbrook is a rural town and locality in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Southbrook had a population of 599 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

Southbrook is north-east of Pittsworth on the Darling Downs. The Gore Highway passes through the north of the town.

History[edit]

Previously under a pastoral run, the area was further developed in the 1880s when it was used for dairying and cropping.[4]

Southbrook later became a stop on the Millmerran railway line.[when?]

Eton Vale State School opened on 5 August 1878. In 1888 it was renamed Umbirom State School. In 1909 it was renamed Harelmar State School. It closed on 14 December 1962.[5]

Southbrook Provisional School opened on 11 September 1882. On 15 February 1886 it became Southbrook State School. It closed on 1948.[5]

Elville State School opened on 31 October 1910 with an initial 35 students. The school named after the site it was built on.[6] Circa 1916 it was renamed Southbrook Central State School.[5] In 2010 the school celebrated its centenary.[7]

St Mary’s Anglican Church was dedicated on 30 July 1904 by Venerable A.E. David, Archdeacon of Brisbane. It closed on 12 May 1996. Its closure was approved by Assistant Bishop Wood.[8]

Beauaraba Provisional School opened on 1 January 1919. On 1 Oct 1920 it became Beauaraba State School. It closed on 24 March 1940.[9]

During early settlement the town had a store, a hotel, and two cheese factories.[4]

Education[edit]

Southbrook Central State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 1 School Road (27°40′41″S 151°42′15″E / 27.6781°S 151.7042°E / -27.6781; 151.7042 (Southbrook Central State School)).[10][11] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 67 students with 5 teachers (4 full-time equivalent) and 8 non-teaching staff (3 full-time equivalent).[12]

Infrastructure[edit]

Southbrook was connected to the National Broadband Network in 2014, joining places such as Clifton, Highfields, Oakey, and Pittsworth as the rollout moves to outer Toowoomba regions.[13]

Attractions[edit]

Catholic Church, 2014

Prestbury Farmstay offers visitors the chance to experience country life firsthand. Activities include bushwalking, campfires, cycling, fishing, 4WD farm tours, swimming, and tennis. The picturesque countryside and natural wildlife are also a regular feature at Prestbury.[14]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Southbrook (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Southbrook - town in Toowoomba Region (entry 39736)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Southbrook - locality in Toowoomba Region (entry 48062)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Southbrook - Queensland Places". Centre for the Government of Queensland. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  6. ^ "Southbrook Central State School". Department of Education, Training and Employment. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Southbrook Centenary". Toowoomba Chronicle. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Closed Churches". Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  9. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  10. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Southbrook Central State School". Archived from the original on 25 October 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  12. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Southbrook Join NBN". Toowoomba Chronicle. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Prestbury Farmstay". Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014.

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