The Gums, Queensland

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The Gums
The Gums is located in Queensland
The Gums
The Gums
Coordinates 27°20′25″S 150°12′18″E / 27.3402°S 150.205°E / -27.3402; 150.205Coordinates: 27°20′25″S 150°12′18″E / 27.3402°S 150.205°E / -27.3402; 150.205
Population 169 (2006 census)[1]
 • Density 0.1380/km2 (0.3573/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4406
Area 1,225.0 km2 (473.0 sq mi)
LGA(s) Western Downs Region
State electorate(s) Warrego
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around The Gums:
Barramornie Condamine Wieambilla
Hannaford The Gums Tara
Hannaford Moonie Moonie

The Gums is a town and locality in the Western Downs Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] At the 2006 census, The Gums and the surrounding area had a population of 169.[1]


The Gums State School, 2016

The town is at the junction of the Leichhardt Highway and the Surat Developmental Road[4] on the Darling Downs, 329 kilometres (204 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane.


The Gums Cemetery, 2016

The name of the town was derived from the nearby railway station, on the Western railway line from Dalby to Glenmorgan,[5] used from 1924.[2]

The Gums State School opened on 27 January 1913.[6]


The Gums State School is a government co-educational primary (P-6) school at 12051 Coomrith Road. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 27 students with 4 teachers (3 full-time equivalent) with 5 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).[7]


Headstone for Alexander Davison, first headmaster of The Gums State School, 2016

The Gums has a small cemetery. One of the headstones is for the first headmaster of The Gums State School, Alexander Davison who died on 7 November 1916.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "The Gums (Tara Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  2. ^ a b "The Gums - town (entry 33961)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Gums - locality (entry 47751)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Gums". Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Location Profiles - Darling Downs-West Moreton Health Service District - GLENMORGAN". Queensland Government. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  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. ^ "Annual Report 2016" (PDF). The Gums State School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 19 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 

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