Walloon, Queensland

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Elm Street Walloon.jpg
Elm Street, Walloon, 2015
Walloon is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°36′S 152°40′E / 27.600°S 152.667°E / -27.600; 152.667Coordinates: 27°36′S 152°40′E / 27.600°S 152.667°E / -27.600; 152.667
Population1,548 (2011 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Ipswich
State electorate(s)Ipswich West
Federal Division(s)Blair
Suburbs around Walloon:
Haigslea Ironbark Pine Mountain
Haigslea Walloon Karrabin
Thagoona Thagoona Amberley

Walloon is a town and locality in the City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.[2][3]


The origin of the suburb name is thought to refer to the French-speaking area of southern Belgium known as Wallonia.[2]

Walloon State School opened in 1877.[4]

The Babies of Walloon[edit]

On Saturday 21 April 1891, sisters Bridget Kate and Mary Jane Broderick (aged 9 and 6 respectively) were drowned in a waterhole near their home in Walloon.[5] Poet Henry Lawson wrote a poem called The Babies of Walloon based on their deaths. In 2006, a sculpture depicting the Broderick sisters playing was unveiled in the Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park in Walloon. In 2015, a new headstone was erected of the children's grave in Ipswich General Cemetery.[6]

21st century[edit]

In the 2011 census, Walloon had a population of 1,548 people.[1]


Walloon railway station provides Queensland Rail City network services to Rosewood, Ipswich and Brisbane via Ipswich.


Walloon State School is a government co-education primary (P-6) school. In 2015, there were 250 students enrolled with 17 teachers (16 full-time equivalent).[7] In 2017, Walloon State School has 230 students in 10 classes. All staff are dedicated to maximising the educational achievements of the students. The school is progressive and is always actively building improved learning opportunities for the attending students.


The Ipswich City Council operates a fortnightly mobile library service which visits Queen Street.[8]

The Walloon branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at 534 Karrabin-Rosewood Road.[9]

Local shops[edit]

Walloon Shopping Village, 2008

Walloon has an array of small businesses. The businesses available include:

  • Take-away food
  • Hairdresser
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • The historical Walloon Saloon
  • Walloon IGA
  • Walloon Bakery
  • Dentist


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Walloon (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 December 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Walloon - town (entry 36349)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Walloon - locality (entry 45086)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Queensland State and Non-State Schools". Queensland Government. 24 February 2014. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Sad Drowning Fatality". Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald And General Advertiser. XXXII (4557). Queensland, Australia. 23 March 1891. p. 2 (Daily.). Retrieved 28 December 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Official graveside blessing for Ipswich's Babies of Walloon". Ipswich City Council. 21 March 2015. Archived from the original on 28 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  7. ^ "2015 School Annual Report" (PDF). Walloon State School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Ipswich Libraries: Mobile library schedule of stops - January to June 2018" (PDF). Ipswich City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

Further reading[edit]

Works related to The Babies of Walloon at Wikisource

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