Wheatvale, Queensland

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Wheatvale is located in Queensland
Coordinates28°09′53″S 151°52′07″E / 28.1647°S 151.8686°E / -28.1647; 151.8686Coordinates: 28°09′53″S 151°52′07″E / 28.1647°S 151.8686°E / -28.1647; 151.8686
Area17.5 km2 (6.8 sq mi)
LGA(s)Southern Downs Region
State electorate(s)Southern Downs
Federal Division(s)Maranoa
Suburbs around Wheatvale:
Bony Mountain Upper Wheatvale Massie
Cunningham Wheatvale Leslie
Rodgers Creek Rodgers Creek Leslie Dam

Wheatvale is a locality in the Southern Downs Region, Queensland, Australia.[1]


The Cunningham Highway passes from east to west through the locality. The South Western railway line also passes from east to west through the locality but to the north of the highway; the town is served by the Wheatvale railway station.[2][3]

The Condamine River flows through the locality.[2]


The locality takes its name from its railway station which in turn was named on 5 February 1904 by the Queensland Railways Department, after the property of James Clancy McMahon, a pioneer wheat grower in the area.[3]

On 1 April 1896 James Clancy McMahon built and furnished a school building and also paid a teacher's salary. At the start of 1897, it became Wheatvale Provisional School with the teacher being appointed by the Queensland Public Instruction Department.[4] However, the sale of the land in 28 February 1901 caused the school to close. In 1908 Wheatvale Provisional School reopened on a new site and became Wheatvale State School on 1 January 1909.[5][6]


Wheatvale State School is a government co-educational primary school (P-6) at 4194 Leyburn-Cunningham Road. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 53 students with 5 teachers (3 equivalent full-time) and 7 non-teaching staff (3 equivalent full-time).[7]


The Southern Downs Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits the Wheatvale School on the Leyburn-Cunningham Road.[8]


  1. ^ "Wheatvale - locality in Southern Downs Region (entry 49197)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Wheatvale - railway station in Southern Downs Region (entry 37194)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  4. ^ "SCHOOL PICNIC AT WHEATVALE". Warwick Argus. XXXIII, (2628). Queensland, Australia. 19 June 1897. p. 5. Retrieved 14 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Provisional Schools". The Brisbane Courier. LXIV, (15, 646). Queensland, Australia. 5 March 1908. p. 3. Retrieved 14 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  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). Wheatvale State School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Library Details". Southern Downs Regional Council. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.

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